City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; COVIDWISE App Webinars; Updated “When You Can Be Around Others” Guide
For Immediate Release: August 11, 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.
COVIDWISE Webinar Series
The state Offices of the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources are hosting a series of webinars on the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on communities of color, and how the state’s recently launched smartphone app, COVIDWISE, can help mitigate that impact. COVIDWISE is an innovative exposure notification app that alerts users if they have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, without compromising privacy for anyone involved. The webinars are scheduled throughout August and September. View the event flyer for dates and times of all upcoming webinars, and share it with any individuals or organizations that might be interested in joining. To download the app, visit vdh.virginia.gov/covidwise.
Updated “When You Can Be Around Others” Guide
The City and AHD have recently updated guidance for people who have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to the virus, or have recovered from the illness. The “When You Can Be Around Others" flyer (also available in Spanish, Amharic and Arabic) provides detailed guidance on how people in these situations may determine the safest time to leave isolation or quarantine. The flyer is included in the COVID-19 Catalog of Resources, a collection of materials developed by AHD and the City to communicate guidelines and information to residents, businesses, facility managers, employees, customers and the general public. Materials in the Catalog of Resources can be downloaded and printed, or you can submit a request for the City to print them.
19 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 2,995, 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/117187.