Current COVID-19 DASH Cases*
|Work Location||DASH Notified of Positive Result||Employees in Close Contact||Close Contacts Notified||Cleaning/Disinfecting Completed|
|*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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.