City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Juneteenth Holiday; Lyme Disease Symptoms; Virginia Remains in Phase Two
For Immediate Release: June 18, 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, you are required to wear a face covering when inside buildings. Please keep at least 6 feet of distance from others whenever possible. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.
City to Observe Juneteenth Holiday
The City and AHD will observe the Juneteenth holiday on Friday, June 19. Essential personnel will continue to provide critical services such as COVID-19 response activities.
Some Lyme Disease Symptoms Similar to COVID-19
As the public is spending more time in parks and natural spaces, it is important to remember to check for ticks when you return home. Deer ticks are tiny, hard to spot, can be found in tall grass and wooded areas and can latch onto people and pets. Deer ticks also carry Lyme Disease, which can present symptoms similar to COVID-19, including fever and aches. Use insect repellent when you go out in nature and be sure to check for ticks on clothes, skin and pets when you get home. If you believe you have been bitten by a tick, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, be sure to seek medical attention.
Virginia Remains in Phase Two
Governor Northam indicated this week that while statewide confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been trending favorably, Virginia is not yet ready to enter Phase Three of reopening. More data evaluation is needed to determine when Virginia will be ready for Phase Three, including analyzing the data coming from other states that have reopened. Under Phase Two, patrons can begin to enjoy dining, fitness and grooming activities with restrictions, but must continue to exercise physical distancing, good hand hygiene, and are required to wear face coverings in indoor public settings. It is important to remember that, as restrictions ease, the virus still remains, and precautions and vigilance are necessary to prevent its spread.
11 New COVID-19 Cases and No Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,186, including 48 fatalities. Detailed data is available through the links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. 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 people over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions. If you must go out, please remember to keep 6 feet of distance from others; wear a cloth face covering, especially when inside public spaces; wash hands frequently; and remember to always carry tissues and hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol with you.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/116161.