Governor Northam Issues ‘Blueprint’ on Reopening of Virginia

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Alexandria, VA –  In its nightly email, the city continues to urge residents to stay at home, unless going out is essential. And when out, they stress the importance of maintaining six feet of distance around others.

Governor Northam’s ‘Blueprint’

Two days ago, on April 24, Governor Northam presented the “Forward Virginia” blueprint, which will help guide the Commonwealth on when to safely begin easing public health restrictions. It includes a phased approach that is grounded in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

The plan contains specific goals to control the spread of the virus through increased testing, personal protective equipment and supplies, and the capacity for hospitals to handle new cases. Key indicators of these goals will include a 14-day downward trend in confirmed cases as shown in a percentage of overall tests and reduced COVID-19 hospitalizations.

To read the document, click HERE.

COG Board Statement

On April 22, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors issued a statement thanking the public for staying at home and practicing social distancing. These measures have been been effective at reducing the spread of the virus. The statement acknowledges that while it will take more time before the public can return to daily routines, the whole National Capital Region is committed to working together to thoughtfully plan for the reopening of this area’s economy. Any reopening strategy must be exercised with caution. It is crucial that the strategy employs the sound guidance of public health officials.

To read the Board’s statement, click HERE.

City of Alexandria Virtual Meetings and Events

Residents can now attend a number of city events and meetings using their computers and the Internet. This week’s events, for example, include fitness classes and live concerts. For details on upcoming and future events, view the City Calendar HERE. Any cancellations will also be posted there.

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