City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Curative Offers Expedited COVID-19 Testing; FEMA Community Information Team Bolsters Outreach

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8/20/21 Update: Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, it may take several days to receive Curative COVID-19 testing results.

City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; Curative Offers Expedited COVID-19 Testing; FEMA Community Information Team Bolsters Outreach 

­­For Immediate Release: July 16, 2021

Help end the pandemic by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, washing your hands frequently, and getting vaccinated. Approximately 1 in 20 Alexandrians who have tested positive for COVID-19 have required hospitalization, so without these critical steps, additional lives may be at risk.

Curative Offers Expedited COVID-19 Testing

Starting on July 20, Curative will offer COVID-19 testing options with results received within 24 hours or sooner. This new model brings samples collected in the morning to the testing lab in Washington DC by midday to provide a faster turnaround time. Find expedited results at the below options.

Mobile Van Testing:

  • Casa Chirilagua (4109 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305)
    Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. 
  • King Street Triangle (1806 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314)
    Saturday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Ben Brenman Kiosk:

  • Ben Brenman Park (4800 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria, VA 22304)
    Tuesday-Friday, 9-11:30 a.m.
    Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m.

Results are available in 1-2 days at the Curative kiosk located at Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA 22314) and at the Ben Brenman Park location during the remainder of their operating hours. View the testing schedule. Book a testing appointment at the Curative website

FEMA Community Information Team Bolsters Outreach 

Alexandria Health Department (AHD), in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), is hosting a Community Information Team from July 10 through August 15. The team’s mission is to support AHD COVID-19 vaccine outreach efforts throughout Alexandria, including door-to-door canvassing in low-income census tracts and tabling outside of community locations. Since late April, AHD's team has knocked on thousands of doors, spent hundreds of hours tabling in the community, and booked hundreds of vaccination appointments while conducting outreach. This work is critical to reducing misinformation and improving health literacy. Health misinformation, including disinformation, has threatened the U.S. response to COVID-19 and continues to prevent Americans from getting vaccinated, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy's recent advisory on misinformation urges all individuals and organizations to combat the spread of myths.  

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The seven-day moving average chart below shows the number of COVID-19 cases and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts, and provides detailed information about how preventive measures are impacting Alexandria's response to the pandemic. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. Vaccination charts include total doses administered across all facilities, the percentage of residents ages 12 and older who have been partially and fully vaccinated, and weekly doses administered. Vaccination charts are available with definitions and data source information at alexandriava.gov/120654. 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 vaccination progress 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

The vaccination chart uses the most recent vaccination data in the Virginia Department of Health's Virginia Immunization Information System database. Health care providers have up to 72 hours after vaccine administration to input information into the database. The chart may not reflect all administered vaccinations as of the report date. Doses administered by federal agencies or outside of Virginia are not reported to VIIS; and are not included in the dashboard. Therefore, the total number of residents vaccinated is likely an underestimate.The City of Alexandria has chosen to use “partially vaccinated” and “fully vaccinated” rather than “at least one dose” to avoid the double counting of residents who received the J&J vaccine. 

Partially Vaccinated: Total number or percent of people who received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine course (i.e. the first dose of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine).

Fully Vaccinated: Total number or percent of people who have completed the recommended series of a given vaccine product (i.e. two doses of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine).

Continue following measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 even after vaccination. Get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you test positive, 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

 

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/123354.

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