Alexandria Reports Thousands Participated in Virus Testing Event

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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.

Three thousand Alexandrians participated in community-wide coronavirus testing today. The free event was supported by the city and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD). It took place at two locations: Cora Kelly School, which served as the walk-in site, and Landmark Mall, where drive-thru testing was conducted.

Both locations were scheduled to be open until 6 p.m., but by 5 p.m. Landmark Mall closed because workers were out of tests.

Today’s event was open to anyone over the age of two. However, it was intended for those who had not been tested or had no access to testing previously. The sites were chosen because they are in the city’s most impacted areas: Arlandria and the West End.

Residents who were tested will receive results from AHD. For those who test positive, AHD will provide specific guidance on self-care and how to protect individuals with whom they have had contact.

A summary of results from today’s testing is expected in the next week.

The Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management funded the event. Alexandria, AHD, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers, and the Virginia Army National Guard provided generous support.

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