City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Regional Support Line for Parents; “Six Steps to Stop the Spread” Signs
For Immediate Release: July 7, 2020
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults, persons with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women are at greater risk for severe disease and are advised to minimize potential exposures as much as possible. Please keep at least 6 feet of distance from others. Everyone is required to wear a face covering in most indoor public settings. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Regional Support Line for Parents
For those with children at home, the last few months have brought special challenges. Whether it’s learning how to provide home-based education, keeping kids entertained, or struggling to meet physical needs to due to financial strain, the City of Alexandria, Fairfax County and community partners are providing a regional Parent Support Line to offer a listening ear, parenting advice, support and tips to help navigate emotional and relational parenting issues. Call 703.324.7720, or text SUPPORT or PARENTING to 30644, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This service is available in English and Spanish.
Resource Catalog: “Six Steps to Stop the Spread” Signs
In April, the City developed a campaign using graphics to depict the Six Steps to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 by staying at home; frequently washing hands; maintaining 6 feet of distance from others; covering coughs and sneezes; disinfecting frequently touched surfaces; and wearing face coverings. This campaign has received accolades from other localities and has become a key component of the City’s messaging. There are several versions of this message for a variety of signs -- most of which include translations in Amharic, Arabic and Spanish -- which are all available for download and reproduction. The City has also produced animated videos on the Six Steps to Stop the Spread and other COVID-19 related topics in multiple languages, and encourages the public to view and share them.
19 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,399, including 57 fatalities. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, is available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread both by people who are symptomatic and by those who do not know that they are infected. Everyone is safest at home. This is especially true for those in high-risk populations (such as older adults, persons living in long-term care facilities, and those with serious underlying medical conditions). If you must go out, please maintain 6 feet of distance from others, wear a cloth face covering, and always carry hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol with you. Everyone must do their part to stop the spread.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/116566.