City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Vaccination Scheduling Update; Welcome Spring Safely

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City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Vaccination Scheduling Update; Welcome Spring Safely

­­For Immediate Release: March 3, 2021

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible. Stop the spread by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, staying home unless it’s necessary to go out, and washing your hands frequently. Without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk. Pre-register to receive the vaccine and you’ll be notified once when you're eligible.

Vaccination Scheduling Update

AHD has attempted to contact, and is currently scheduling, the following groups of people for COVID-19 vaccinations. With current limited supplies, AHD uses an equitable approach to prioritize within Phase 1b groups. 

  • Ages 75+: Everyone who pre-registered by February 14. AHD prioritizes this group on an ongoing basis.

  • Ages 65-74: Everyone who pre-registered by January 27.

  • Ages 16-64 with underlying conditions

    • Those in priority census tracts who pre-registered by 9 p.m. on January 22.

    • Those in all other census tracts who pre-registered by 8 a.m. on January 7.

  • Essential frontline workers: Everyone who pre-registered by February 12.

If you are in one of the categories above and you pre-registered before the date listed and have not been contacted by AHD, first check your spam folder. If you do not have a message in your spam folder, contact AHD at alexcovid19@vdh.virginia.gov with the exact name and email address (or phone number) you used to pre-register, and your date of birth. Anyone who does not have email or internet access should contact the Alexandria COVID-19 Hotline weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 703.746.4988. 

Welcome Spring Safely

Spring is coming and the weather will be warming up soon. AHD urges residents to continue to choose virtual activities, which pose the lowest risk for the spread of the virus. Celebrate the arrival of spring from the comfort and safety of home with the following options being hosted in Alexandria and across the region: 

  • Alexandria Drive-in Theatre - Get out of the house to safely watch blockbuster movies with members of the household in a drive-in movie setting. Food is available for purchase on site.

  • Petal Porch Parade - Register to participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival by decorating your porch, yard and windows in a cherry blossom theme. Plan a walk or drive around your neighborhood to share in the celebration of spring using a virtual map of participants.

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony - Experience the opening ceremonies of the National Cherry Blossom Festival virtually with world-renowned performers, co-hosted by Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and local news reporter Michelle Marsh. 

  • Gaelic Storm St. Patrick’s Day Livestream - Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home with a livestream concert hosted by The Birchmere. 

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The chart below, containing the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available through links at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus.    

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

AHD estimates that approximately 1 in 20 Alexandrians who tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization. An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms. The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer. If you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, get tested. If you test positive for COVID-19, help loved ones and neighbors by informing your close contacts using “ What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in Spanish, Amharic, Arabic, and Farsi or this brief video. Download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus. 

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/120714.

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