City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Answering the Call; Full Parking Enforcement Resumes; WMATA Employment Event; Weekly Featured Jobs
For Immediate Release: July 20, 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 mask in most indoor public settings. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Do Your Part, Answer the Call
Case investigation and contact tracing are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19, but they only work when community members answer calls from AHD and return voicemails. AHD has provided information to the public, to learn more about the investigation process. All information is confidential, and AHD doesn't share the names of close contacts. If you are suspicious of any call or form of contact that you believe is not from the Alexandria Health Department, write down the caller’s information, hang up, and call the AHD COVID-19 hotline at 703.746.4988. Ask the hotline to transfer you to a member of the Contact Tracing Team. AHD will never request payment or fees related to contact tracing. Everyone has a role to play in keeping their neighbors and loved ones safe. Do your part by answering the call.
Reminder: Full Parking Enforcement Resumes Today
Effective today, the City has resumed enforcement of residential parking zones, Saturday parking meters, street sweeping zones, the 72-hour rule, and the requirement to display valid state inspection stickers. Enforcement of these restrictions had been temporarily suspended since March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. Visit alexandriava.gov/Parking for more information.
Meet the Employer Opportunity: WMATA
In an effort to help Alexandrians who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alexandria Workforce Development Center will sponsor a virtual meet-and-greet event with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), on Thursday, July 30, from 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn about immediate employment opportunities with Metro, including openings for Metrobus Operator, Elevator/Escalator Apprentice, Special Police Officer and General Transit Mechanic. Attendance is free for this event, but job seekers must register to attend.
Weekly Featured Jobs Flyer
Every week, the Alexandria Workforce Development Center posts a list of employers who are hiring for a range of positions. Residents who have lost employment due to COVID-19 are encouraged to view the flyer or follow Workforce Development Center on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer, or visit the Workforce Development Center’s Job Board for these and other job opportunities.
New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The Virginia Department of Health in Alexandria reported an increase of 17 cases and no new fatalities in Alexandria as of July 17; 7 cases and no new fatalities as of July 18; and 12 cases and no new fatalities as of July 19; bringing the total to 2,559 cases, including 56 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 mask, 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/116803.