City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Additional Funding for Rent and Mortgage Relief Program
For Immediate Release: October 8, 2020
The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) remind everyone that you are safest at home. Older adults and persons with underlying medical conditions 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. To stop the spread of COVID-19, everyone ages 10 and older must wear a mask over their nose and mouth in indoor public places and when at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained between those of different households in outdoor public places. Learn more about the state order and City ordinance requiring masks, including exceptions. Use the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you.
Additional Funding for Rent and Mortgage Relief Program
Virginia’s Rent and Mortgage Relief Program will receive an additional $12 million in funding from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to assist households and landlords avoid eviction or foreclosure as a result of impacts of COVID-19. This additional funding supplements the original $50 million, which has been exhausted due to high demand. Stable housing is critical to helping stop the spread of COVID-19. Current state and CDC eviction protections do not stop mortgage and rent payments from accumulating. The City has compiled a list of resources to help renters and property owners learn about the assistance options; understand their rights and the laws; and cope with the hardship of housing and financial instability.
23 New COVID-19 Cases and 2 New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 3,961, including 73 fatalities. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, is available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.
AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 12 infected Alexandrians have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms, so everyone must maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, wear a mask over both the nose and mouth, and carry and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Be prepared to help your family and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/118221.