City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; PPP Loan Forgiveness Lunch and Learn; City’s Coronavirus Webpage
For Immediate Release: October 20, 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.
COVID-19 News and Resource Webpage
The City provides Alexandria residents, business owners and visitors the most relevant and current information regarding the City and AHD’s response to COVID-19 coronavirus in one location at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus. Sections include a catalog of materials available for download; testing and contact tracing information; food and other basic needs resources; data dashboards; resources to stay connected to the latest information; support for businesses; guidance for how to stay safe; and much more. The page is updated almost daily with new health guidance and resources, so visit often for all information related to the COVID-19 pandemic response in Alexandria.
Loan Forgiveness Program for Small Businesses
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was developed through Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, to promote economic stability during the COVID-19 pandemic. PPP loans have helped business owners cover payroll and benefits costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. In an effort to further ease the financial burden on business owners, PPP loans of any amount may be eligible for forgiveness, if certain criteria are met. Changes have been made recently to the process of applying for loan forgiveness. The West End Business Association (WEBA) will host a virtual Lunch and Learn on Monday, October 26, 12:30-2 p.m., to help small business owners learn how to prepare for the PPP loan forgiveness application process. A panel of local experts will offer advice and guidelines to both the simple and the advanced applications. Registration is free for WEBA members and $10 for guests. For more information about the PPP and loan forgiveness, review the frequently asked questions.
10 New COVID-19 Cases and No New Fatalities Added in Alexandria
The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria is now 4,133, including 75 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/118432.