Alexandria, VA

Another person has died in Alexandria due to COVID-19, bringing the death toll to seven, and the city broke the 300 case mark with 30 new cases.

Alexandria now has 303 positive cases in Alexandria, including the seven fatalities, according to the city’s daily announcement.

The 30 case jump is the largest since the fist case was announced on March 11. There have been 259 new cases in April alone.

The Alexandria Health Department will not release information on the fatalities, and neighborhood-specific data is not available. Close contacts of the fatalities are being contacted by department personnel, including at high-risk settings such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities and health care centers — although the city provided no specific details on which of these was contacted.

Statewide, there are more than 6,800 cases and there have been 208 deaths, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The full breakdown of the spread so far:

The city issued the following guidance to residents:

Protect Yourself and Others, Especially Vulnerable Community Members

  • Wash Your Hands. Rub hands together with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use Hand Sanitizer. If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol as you would wash your hands, rubbing them together for 20 seconds.
  • Don’t Touch Your Face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay Home. If you are feeling sick, stay home. If you are well, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Use Your Elbow. Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands.
  • Disinfect Surfaces. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Manage Stress. The CDC recommends taking breaks from exposure to the news; take deep breaths or meditate; try to eat healthy; get sleep or rest; make time to do activities you enjoy; and connect with others to share your feelings.

Photo via Alexandrians Supporting Alexandrians During COVID/Facebook

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