City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Saturday Food Distribution; Lyceum to Reopen
For Immediate Release: July 8, 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.
Plan Ahead for Saturday Emergency Food Distribution
This Saturday, July 11, ALIVE! will be offering a “Truck-to-Trunk” distribution of food for residents who continue to be impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Shelf-stable groceries will be handed out at the John Adams Elementary School and Cora Kelly Elementary School parking lots, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., or until supplies run out. Residents are encouraged to drive through for pick-up. Residents who choose to walk up should bring their own bags and carts to carry food away. Everyone is asked to wear face coverings; observe physical distancing of at least 6 feet; and practice good hand hygiene. ALIVE! and Hunger Free Alexandria are also accepting donations from the community to support their efforts to meet the needs of Alexandrians hard-hit by COVID-19.
Recovery: The Lyceum Reopens with New Safety Protocols
The Alexandria History Museum at the Lyceum will reopen to the public this Friday, July 10, at 11 a.m., with modified hours and new safety protocols. Exhibit galleries will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. To promote physical distancing of at least 6 feet between parties of no more than 10 people per party, visitors will be required to obtain timed-entry tickets through the Historic Alexandria online store. Visitors will also be required to wear face coverings (except for children under 10 and visitors with health conditions that prohibit them from wearing face coverings); wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival; follow one-way traffic patterns; and use credit or debit cards for any museum shop purchases. Museum staff will wear face coverings at all times and frequently clean restrooms and all high-touch surfaces. Hand sanitizer and tissues will be made available throughout the museum, and plexiglass shields will be installed at shop counters.
9 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,408, 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/116575.