City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Hurricane Preparedness During a Pandemic; Signs for Buildings and Facilities Available
For Immediate Release: July 28, 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.
Hurricane Preparedness During a Pandemic
The City reminds everyone to prepare for an active hurricane season through November, even while continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to know your risk of flooding and purchase flood insurance accordingly; develop a family or household communication plan; prepare and update COVID-19-ready emergency kits with plenty of sanitation and personal protective supplies; and identify trusted sources for information during emergencies to stay informed. The Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Guide During the COVID-19 Pandemic provides additional guidance for preparedness, response, and recovery. The 2020 hurricane season is already very active, with eight named storms, several of which have had an impact on East Coast weather.
Resource Catalog: Signs for Buildings, Facilities, and Homeowners Associations
It is important that everyone who manages and uses public space inside buildings adheres to guidance from AHD and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AHD and the City have developed a large collection of materials to communicate this guidance to residents, businesses, facility managers, employees, customers and the general public. The collection includes signs with basic guidance like wearing face masks, washing hands and maintaining physical distance; guidance on residential and commercial elevator occupancy and high-touch surfaces; floor markers; symptom check notices, and much more. Most signs are small enough to print in homes or offices, and others are large enough for storefronts or free-standing sign holders. Materials in the COVID-19 Catalog of Resources can be downloaded and printed, or you can submit a request for the City to print them.
14 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,749, including 57 fatalities. COVID-19 is spread by people whether or not they have symptoms, and nearly 10% of infected Alexandrians have required hospitalization. Everyone must do their part to stop the spread: maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, wear a mask, and carry and use hand sanitizer. With a recent increase in cases, you are more likely to encounter someone who is infected. Be prepared to answer a call from the Alexandria Health Department in case you are identified as a close contact. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, is available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/116933.