City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Healthcare and Testing Locations for the Uninsured; Custodial Employment Event; Weekly Featured Jobs Flyer
For Immediate Release: August 3, 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.
Healthcare and Testing Locations for the Uninsured
The City’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and AHD are working to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that uninsured and underinsured Alexandria residents know the health care services that are available to them. Neighborhood Health offers COVID-19 testing and health care service regardless of ability to pay; accepts most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare; and does not require proof of immigration status. Call 703.535.5568 to make an appointment. Inova Cares Clinic for Families also offers COVID-19 testing, and can provide primary care services for patients who are uninsured or who qualify for Medicaid, FAMIS or Inova’s Financial Assistance Program at the clinic’s Alexandria, Annandale, Manassas and Sterling locations. Financial options are available for patients who do not qualify for Medicaid. DCHS can assist qualified low-income residents to apply for Medicaid. Residents can apply for Medicaid at any time at commonhelp.virginia.gov and for low-cost health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov.
Meet the Employer Event this Thursday
In an effort to help Alexandrians who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workforce Development Center (WDC) will sponsor a virtual meet-and-greet event with CW Resources on Thursday, August 6, from 10-11 a.m. Participants will learn about immediate custodial job employment opportunities. Attendance is free for this event, but job seekers must register to attend. The WDC offers staffing solutions for businesses with employees who are skilled and ready to work, with skill levels and education that range from advanced degrees and many years of experience to those with limited education and work experience. The WDC Strive & Thrive program offers job seekers online events, employment services, essential skills training, coaching, and financial resources.
Weekly Featured Jobs Flyer
Every week, the WDC 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 WDC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn for the latest flyer, or visit the WDC’s Job Board for these and other job opportunities.
New COVID-19 Cases and 1 New Fatality Added in Alexandria
The Virginia Department of Health reported an increase of 13 cases and 1 fatality in Alexandria as of August 1; 9 cases and no fatalities as of August 2; and 24 cases and no fatalities as of August 3; bringing the total to 2,844 cases, including 59 fatalities. COVID-19 is spread by people whether or not they have symptoms, and AHD estimates that 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/117091.