City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Fall High School Sports Postponed; Kids’ Mental Health Virtual Meeting; National Night Out Cancelled
For Immediate Release: August 6, 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.
Fall School Sports Postponed
The Virginia High School League (VHSL), the governing body for most public and private high school sports, has postponed the start of all VHSL sports and related activities until at least December 14. This will provide for the possibility of playing the sports seasons as they are currently aligned, in the event state guidance permits them later this year. Winter sports would run from December 14 through February 20, 2021; fall sports would run from February 15 through May 1, 2021; and spring sports would run from April 12 through June 26, 2021. VHSL will continue to work closely with the Governor’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education, and may revise these plans as needed.
Virtual Meeting for Parents to Discuss Kids’ Mental Health
The City encourages parents to participate in a virtual meeting, “Back to School Worries: How to Protect Your Kid’s Mental Health,” on Thursday, August 13, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Children are expressing fear and anxiety about going back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, and parents are looking for answers to address their questions and worries. Learn tips and tricks from experts and local educators on how to navigate tough conversations with kids who are headed back to school in-person or remotely. This event is free, but registration is required.
National Night Out Celebration Cancelled
Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and to protect the health of residents and City employees, the City has cancelled the 2020 National Night Out celebration. National Night Out had been postponed from August 4 to October 6 following guidance from the National Night Out organization, but the event is now cancelled out of an abundance of caution.
15 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,887, including 60 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/117139.