May 19, 2020

Current COVID-19 DASH Cases

Position Work Location DASH Notified of Positive Result Case Status Last
Worked
Employees in Close Contact Close Contacts Notified Cleaning/Disinfecting Completed
Operator Bus 4/13/20 Returned to Work 4/07/20 0 N/A Yes
Cleaning Contractor DASH Facility 5/5/20 Returned to Work 4/29/20 0 N/A

Yes

Operator Bus 5/19/29 Recovering at Home 5/16/20 0 N/A Yes

 

 

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 5/19/2020

A DASH team member tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is a bus operator and is recovering at home.  

They last worked on 5/16, and currently there is no reason to suspect this person had contact with any DASH employees or passengers. The bus used by the employee has been thoroughly disinfected. 

 

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: 05/05/20

On May 4, a second DASH team member tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is a cleaning contractor and is recovering at home. They have not worked at DASH since 4/29, and there is no reason to suspect that they had any contact with DASH employees or passengers at this time. Out of respect for their privacy, we will not share any additional details about their identity or condition. 

 

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: 04/13/20

Alexandria Transit Company continues to monitor COVID-19 while adhering to guidance from local, state and federal health officials. Proactive measures continue at DASH to protect the health and safety of our staff and passengers. On April 13, a DASH bus operator tested positive for COVID-19. The operator is currently recovering at home and exhibiting only mild symptoms. The operator did not work on the day they began experiencing symptoms, or for the two days prior. This is the range tracked by the CDC to investigate potential spread. At this time, there is no reason to suspect the operator had contact with any other DASH employees or passengers.

We are unable to release any health information that may compromise the privacy of our team members.

 

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.