City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Food Distribution Dashboard; Updated Phase Two Child Care Guidelines
For Immediate Release: June 5, 2020
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care. If you must leave your home, wear a cloth face covering around others and keep at least 6 feet apart from others whenever possible. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.
City Launches Food Distribution Events Dashboard
Feeding and food distribution has been a concern since the COVID-19 crisis began, and many public and private organizations have responded to the need. The City has developed an interactive dashboard to measure the impact of the combined efforts, including locations, demographic and food program data, and food distribution events. Use the maps and charts to locate food distribution sites, investigate areas of interest, compare areas and more.
Updated Phase Two Guidelines for Child Care Released
On June 2, The Virginia Department of Social Services issued updated guidelines for child care providers, in line with the Forward Virginia blueprint’s Phase Two guidelines. However, it is important to note that Northern Virginia remains in Phase One until further notice. The guidelines incorporate input from more than 100 stakeholders, including public health experts and child care and camp providers, who discussed how to best balance the health, safety and developmental needs of children, as well as how to keep families and staff safe. In response to the insights and concerns raised, there have been some key changes made to guidelines in Phase Two, specifically regarding group size, swimming pools and water activities, and outdoor activities and playgrounds. For details, see a letter to child care providers.
14 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,045, including 45 fatalities. Note that the Virginia Department of Health has reassigned one previously reported fatality to another jurisdiction. Detailed data is available through the links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. Now that Northern Virginia is in Phase One of the Forward Virginia blueprint, it is important to note that there is still community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 and everyone is safest at home. This is especially true for persons at higher risk for severe illness, including those over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions. Those who do go out are reminded to remain 6 feet apart from others; wear a cloth face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained outdoors and at all times in indoor public spaces; and wash hands frequently.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/115792.