City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; August 14 Food Distribution; 55+ Job Seeker Event; Online Job Readiness Workshops, Weekly Jobs Flyer
For Immediate Release: August 10, 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.
August 14 Food Distribution
Food distribution will take place on Friday, August 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at First Agape Baptist Community of Faith Church (2423 Mount Vernon Ave.), as part of the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Families will receive pre-boxed items that may consist of a variety of fresh produce, dairy and meat products. The distribution is part of a USDA program designed to provide immediate relief to households affected by COVID-19 and ensure every household continues to receive and have access to the food they need. There are no eligibility requirements; anyone who would like to participate is welcome. For more information about this and other food distributions, visit the City’s Food Assistance page.
55+ Job Seeker Meet the Employer Event
To help Alexandrians who are ages 55 and over, and may have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s Workforce Development Center (WDC) is sponsoring a virtual meet-and-greet event with the Northern Virginia Senior Community Employment Program this Thursday, August 13, 1-2 p.m. Individuals who are 55 and over, unemployed and looking for work may be eligible for a stipend while training, job searching and skill building. Attendance is free, but participants must register to attend.
Online Job Readiness Workshops and Weekly Featured Jobs Flyer
Job seekers can enhance their job readiness and essential skills by registering for free, ongoing WDC workshops and webinars focusing on topics like virtual job searching, interviewing, and resume building. The WDC staff also provides one-on-one employment coaching and helps job seekers access resources to help support their job search and economic needs. For job coaching and other services, call 703.746.5900, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration and attendance are free. In addition to these services, each week the Alexandria Workforce Development Center (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 the 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 No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The Virginia Department of Health reported an increase of 32 cases and no fatalities in Alexandria as of August 7; 15 cases and no fatalities as of August 8; and 12 cases and no fatalities as of August 9; bringing the total to 2,976 cases and 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/117182.