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With Covid rising, Alexandria Health Department issues spring break travel warning

The Alexandria Health Department is asking residents to stay up to date on vaccinations and to travel safe this spring break.

The guidance was issued in the city’s weekly COVID-19 update.

“The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay up-to-date on your vaccinations,” AHD advised. “If you will be spending time with individuals at higher risk of severe COVID-19, consider getting tested one-to-three days before you travel to see them. Monitor yourself for symptoms after you travel.”

There has been an uptick in Covid cases this month, and the number of cases is now 30,655, an increase of 89 cases since Monday (April 11), according to the Virginia Department of Health. The seven-day average of new cases is now 46.6 — up from 40.9 on Monday. The number of deaths remains unchanged at 185.

Face masks are still mandatory on public transportation, including on buses, planes and trains.

Alexandria is currently at a low COVID-19 community level according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).