City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Full Parking Enforcement Resumes July 20; Virtual Job Fair This Wednesday; MRC Volunteers Log 500 Hours in May
For Immediate Release: July 13, 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.
Reminder: Parking Enforcement Resumes July 20
On July 20, the City will resume enforcement of certain parking restrictions for which enforcement has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include residential parking zones, Saturday parking meters, the requirement to move a vehicle at least every 72 hours, and the requirement to display a valid state inspection sticker. The suspension was intended to assist vehicle owners who were working from home, caring for others, or trying to ensure the flow of goods and services. As Virginia continues to reopen, and state COVID-19 related orders are being lifted, the City has determined that it is now appropriate to resume normal parking enforcement. To give residents, visitors, and workers adequate time to adjust their parking routines, the City is giving advance notice before parking tickets are issued to vehicles in violation of posted restrictions. Visit alexandriava.gov/Parking for more information.
Virtual Job Fair this Wednesday
The City reminds residents to register to participate in the Virginia Career Works Alexandria/Arlington Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is being held to help residents whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Job seekers will have the opportunity to network, apply and interview for jobs virtually with prospective employers via chat rooms, private chats and video chats. This event is free, but job seekers must register prior to the event.
AHD Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers Work Nearly 500 Hours in May; Coordinator Featured on National Panel
Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers worked 493 hours in May to support AHD’s pandemic response efforts. MRC volunteers staff the AHD COVID-19 Hotline (703.746.4988) weekdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; conduct contact tracing seven days a week; provide infection control training (for example, donning and doffing personal protective equipment, fit testing of respirators); and assist with a multitude of tasks such as data entry, mask refurbishments, and administrative jobs.
AHD MRC Coordinator Ionela Lutai was recently featured on a national panel sponsored by the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, to discuss these efforts, present best practices, and answer questions from other MRC units across the country.
Since being deployed for AHD pandemic response support in March, MRC staff have volunteered 901 hours at an estimated value of $332,631. The estimated dollar value is a conservative calculation, as many of AHD’s MRC volunteers have advanced degrees that would command a higher dollar per hour cost if they were employees or contractors. MRC volunteer calculations are conducted one month after work is completed; the June work will be reported in August. For more information, including how to become an AHD medical or non-medical MRC volunteer, visit alexandriava.gov/MedicalReserve.
New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The Virginia Department of Health in Alexandria reported an increase of 14 cases and no fatalities in Alexandria as of July 10; 2 cases and no fatalities as of July 11; and 1 case and no fatalities as of July 12; bringing the total to 2,456 cases, 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/116712.