May 19, 2020

Current COVID-19 DASH Cases*

Work Location DASH Notified of Positive Result Employees in Close Contact Close Contacts Notified Cleaning/Disinfecting Completed
Bus 04/13/20 0 N/A Yes
DASH Facility 05/05/20 0 N/A

Yes

Bus 05/19/20 0 N/A Yes
DASH Facility 06/01/20 0 N/A Yes
Bus 06/24/20 0 N/A Yes
DASH Facility 07/12/20 2 Yes Yes
DASH Facility 07/29/20 0 N/A Yes
Bus 08/21/20 0 N/A Yes
Bus 08/21/20 0 N/A Yes
DASH Facility 09/04/20 0 N/A Yes
DASH Facility 09/26/20 0 N/A Yes
*This chart has been edited based on mandatory COVID-19 workplace safety requirements of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Safety and Health Codes Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated 9/24/2020

Studies show that communities where English is not the first language have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. The City offers a catalog of multilingual resources, containing informational and educational signs, flyers and videos, that are available in Amharic, Arabic, Spanish and Farsi. This helps to ensure that all of Alexandria’s residents have access to information about how to stop the spread of COVID-19, what to do if they are sick, and the resources available when they need assistance. A “translate” button is also available at the top of the COVID-19 webpage, which can translate all the information provided into 11 languages. All multilingual signs and flyers are available for download and print, or reproduction can be requested

 

Updated 9/8/2020

The City of Alexandria recently shared information about helpful resources for residents facing eviction due to COVID-19. The City has requested that landlords make every effort to work with tenants who are unable to pay rent. Landlords are not permitted to shut off utilities or lock residents out without a court order. Residents can ask the court for a delay of eviction due to lost income as a result of COVID-19.  Read the full release here for more information about legal services and tenant rights.

 

Updated 9/2/2020

Governor Northam's office announced today that Virginia will remain in Phase III of the Commonwealth's Forward Virginia Plan. This means that public health and safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 will not relax ahead of Labor Day weekend. You can read the City's release about the announcement here

 

Updated 8/21/2020

The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) has determined that there may have been a COVID-19 exposure at Kidane Mehret Church on August 14-17. Anyone who entered the church or its grounds during that time period may have been exposed. AHD urges anyone who visited the church, located at 75 S. Bragg Rd, to self-isolate for 14 days and call 703 - 309 - 8276 for further instructions. The city's news release regarding the exposure has resources in both English and Amharic. 

 

Updated 8/10/2020

The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) has published an expanded analysis of data on COVID-19 cases in Alexandria. In addition to the monthly ZIP code data analyses AHD has published since May, the new analysis summarizes current data and changes for race, ethnicity and age groups. Relevant charts and key takeaways are also available. While everyone is at risk of contracting COVID-19, the virus is disproportionately impacting vulnerable communities due to underlying systemic issues. Despite the fact that Latinx people make up less than 17% of the City's population, they represent roughly half of the cumulative cases. Similarly, the number of black and white patients are roughly equal even though there half as many black residents. 

 

Updated 8/5/2020

The Virginia Department of health has created an app to help stop the spread of COVID-19. COVIDWISE, a mobile phone application, can notify you if you've likely been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The application is free and protects users' privacy. You can download it from Google Play and the Apple App Store.

 

Updated 8/3/2020

The City of Alexandria shared an update featuring COVID-19 testing and some primary care resources for vulnerable residents regardless of ability to pay, insurance or immigration status. The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) and Alexandria Health Department (AHD) are committed to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and want to ensure that vulnerable Alexandrians know what resources are available to them. You can learn more about these resources, including programs and clinics, here

 

Updated 7/31/2020

The Alexandria Health Department has published its Strategic Action Framework for vaccine distribution. While there is not currently a COVID-19 vaccine available, more than 150 attempts are under development around the world. Several of these attempts have moved on to human trials to test their efficacy against the coronavirus. AHD's Strategic Action Framework outlines the City's plan to make such a vaccine available and accessible to Alexandrians once an effective vaccine is created.

 

Updated 7/15/2020

The City of Alexandria has shared an update on COVID-19. Alexandria has 21 new cases and no new fatalities. This brings the total number of cases in Alexandria to 2,486 and the number of fatalities to 57. Additionally, the City has shared that the FDA has added more brands to it's list of hand sanitizer products to avoid. These products contain methanol, which is toxic and can potentially cause harmful side effects. You can read the city's full update here

 

Updated 6/26/2020

WMATA will reopen 15 metrorail stations on Sunday, June 28. These include the Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Avenue stations. WMATA bus service will resume at these stations on Monday, June 29. Read the full announcement from WMATA here

 

Updated 6/24/2020

Governor Northam's office has announced that all of Virginia will enter Phase III of the the state's reopening plan on Wednesday, July 1. DASH will continue to monitor ridership and is prepared to adjust service to accommodate increasing ridership as more people return to work and businesses reopen. Face coverings remain required on all DASH buses until further notice. 

 

Updated 6/12/2020

According to Governor Northam's office, Northern Virginia will enter phase II of the state's reopening plan effective Friday, June 12. DASH will continue to monitor ridership and is prepared to adjust service levels to accommodate increasing ridership as more non-essential employees return to work. We will continue to encourage physical distancing on all DASH buses and face coverings will remain required until further notice. 

 

Updated 5/26/2020

Governor Northam's office announced that Northern Virginia can begin phase I of the state's plan to reopen effective Friday, May 29. However, face coverings will be required inside stores and restaurants as well as on public transit. 

 

Updated 5/15/2020

Based on guidance from the Alexandria Health Department, the Alexandria Transit Company (DASH) will require all passengers to wear face coverings while using DASH buses beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. The measure will help protect DASH employees and passengers from contracting the COVID-19 virus and is consistent with the actions of the agency’s regional transit partners, including WMATA, Frederick Transit, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County Transit. This precaution will remain in effect until further notice. You can find more information about this policy at dashbus.com/maskpolicy.

 

Updated: 05/12/20

Governor Northam signed Executive Order 62 on May 12. This order extends Northern Virginia's physical distancing and stay-at-home restrictions until May 28.

 

Updated: 05/04/20

Governor Northam announced that he anticipates easing some public health restrictions related to COVID-19 on May 15. The return to regular pre-coronavirus business operations and practices will occur in phases. However, the initiation of the first phase of the process depends on two weeks of declining numbers of new COVID-19 cases in Virginia. Virginia's current stay-at-home order was recently extended to May 15 and remains in place. 

 

Updated: 04/27/20

DASH has implemented temperature screenings for all DASH employees at the beginning of their shifts. We strongly encourage all DASH operators and passengers to wear masks when riding the bus. 

 

Updated: 04/20/20

The City of Alexandria has shared the following updates resources for coping with COVID-19. The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership has an updated collection of COVID-19 resources for businesses, including information on disaster assistance; tax and regulatory changes; support for affected workers; government response; how to support local small businesses, and more.  Visit Alx at Home to experience Alexandria’s restaurants, shops and attractions while staying at home. From virtual shopping at local boutiques to restaurant delivery to virtual ghost tours, see more than 100 ways to support the independent businesses that make Alexandria so special. The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 Updates and Resources webpage provides links to webinars and updates on the operating status of local businesses, and links to other resources.

 

Updated: 04/12/20

The Alexandria Health Department has issued new guidance for individuals who feel ill.

 

Updated: 04/07/20

The City of Alexandria Health Department has confirmed the first death of an Alexandria resident due to complications caused by COVID-19. We are deeply saddened by this loss within our community and our thoughts are with the patient's loved ones. DASH joins city and state health officials in urging the public to recommit to staying home and practicing physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 

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.

 

Updated: 03/23/20

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.

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.

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge everyone to follow state orders to STAY HOME except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care, and keep six feet apart from others when in public. The Alexandria Health Department has produced a short video showing how to make and use a cloth face covering correctly.

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.

 

General Information: 

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.