March 5, 2020

Updated: 03/30/20

 

As of March 30, Virginia Governor Northam has issued a Stay at Home order in Virginia effective March 30 at 8 p.m. through June 10. Maryland Governor Hogan has issued a stay at home order for Maryland residents as well. 

 

As of March 23, Governor Northam announced that all Virginia schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. In addition, new occupancy restrictions will be implemented for non-essential businesses. DASH joins Governor Northam in encouraging all Virginians to practice social-distancing. 

Stay home. Slow the spread. Reserve public transit for essential travel only. Together, we can fight COVID-19. 

 

For updates and the most current information about our response to the coronavirus outbreak, including service changes, visit: dashbus.com/covidmods

 

Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) is joining regional transit agencies and local authorities in taking steps to prepare for and prevent the spread of COVID-19 or novel coronavirus. As a public transportation agency responsible for the safety and security of thousands of passengers daily, DASH is increasing measures to maintain a safe and healthy environment for its passengers and personnel.

 

“We’re a public transit agency, so of course safety is always our top priority. We are taking precautions and preparing in accordance with CDC guidelines to protect both our passengers and our personnel,” said Stephanie Salzone, DASH safety and security manager.

 

DASH is increasing facility and vehicle cleaning with a special focus on critical touchpoints such as door handles, handrails and other surfaces. These cleanings will incorporate disinfection procedures indicated to be effective against COVID-19. These measures apply to all DASH buses and King Street Trolleys.

 

In addition to these efforts, DASH encourages all passengers to utilize everyday methods to prevent the spread of germs recommended by the CDC and Alexandria’s Health Department. These include frequently and effectively washing hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Be sure to follow the CDC’s guidelines for proper handwashing.

 

The public is also encouraged to cover any coughing or sneezing with a tissue or sleeve. Used tissues should be immediately discarded in an appropriate garbage receptacle. Hands should be washed immediately after coughing or sneezing.

 

As of March 17, there are two presumptive positive cases in Alexandria. This means that the positive result must be confirmed by the CDC. The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) recommends that all community members change their daily behavior to reduce risk from COVID-19, particularly to protect our most vulnerable populations. The City of Alexandria has already taken proactive measures to further reduce risk and encourages all organizations and individuals to take necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Virginia Governor Ralph NorthamDC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan have declared states of emergency. Currently, Governor Northam's office advises against large public gatherings and urges event organizers to cancel or postpone such events for the next 30 days.

 

The CDC has issued detailed guidance for travelers;  businesses and employers;  schools and childcare; and community and faith-based organizations. Learn how you can protect your home and business. View one-page overviews of steps to take for homes, schools, businesses and commercial establishments. Social distancing doesn't mean being anti-social. Learn how to avoid stigma and discrimination related to COVID-19.

 

To receive text message alerts from the City related to COVID-19, text ALEXCOVID19 to 888777. For more information about the COVID-19 coronavirus and how you can help protect yourself and those around you, visit alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus . For questions about COVID-19, call the Alexandria COVID-19 Information Line at 703.746.4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Virginia residents can also call the Virginia Department of Health public information line, 877-ASK-VDH3, for questions about the novel coronavirus situation. If you have chest pain or shortness of breath, call or text 911.