City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Temporary Moratorium on Evictions; Stay Safe When Cleaning; Protect Yourself When Using Transportation
For Immediate Release: June 8, 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.
Temporary Moratorium on Evictions
At the Governor’s request, the Supreme Court of Virginia has issued a temporary statewide moratorium on all eviction proceedings. The order remains in effect through June 28 and modifies the Court’s earlier declaration of judicial emergency in response to COVID-19. The temporary moratorium will halt all eviction proceedings for a period of nearly three weeks, in order for tenants facing housing insecurity to continue to access rent relief programs. Visit the City’s COVID-19 Housing Resources webpage for more information.
Stay Safe When Cleaning
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds everyone to stay safe when using household cleaning and disinfectant products. A recent study showed that about 1 in 3 adults used chemicals or disinfectant unsafely while trying to protect against COVID-19. Some of these unsafe practices included using bleach on food products, applying household cleaners and disinfectants products to skin, and inhaling or ingesting cleaners and disinfectants. One quarter of respondents reported adverse health effects. When working with disinfectants, cleaners and chemicals, always read product directions and follow them carefully; wear protective gear; do not mix chemicals; and keep these products out of the reach of children. These products should never be ingested or applied to the skin. Follow CDC’s guidance on cleaning and disinfecting your home.
Protect Yourself When Using Transportation
As Northern Virginia progresses toward reopening and the use of transportation modes increases, the CDC has issued guidance for how travelers can protect themselves and stop the spread of COVID-19. When using public transportation, a hired or personal vehicle, or a rented bicycle or scooter, it is important to practice good hand hygiene; improve ventilation where possible; and avoid touching surfaces. Face coverings are required on all public transportation in the region, but riders are also reminded to carry a supply of sanitizer and disinfecting wipes with them when they go. Guidance is also available for workers whose jobs involve transportation, including public transit workers and deliveries.
7 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,102, including 45 fatalities. 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/115819.