July 20: Families Must Select School Instruction Method

Deadline July 20: Families Must Select School Instruction Method
Deadline for families to select a school instruction method is Monday, July 20. Selection must be made online through ParentVUE. There are 2 options:
  ● Hybrid: 2 days in school and 2 days online per week.
  ● 4 days online per week (no in school attendance).
Both options include 3-day weekends (no school on Mondays). Families that miss the July 20 deadline will be placed in the hybrid in-school/distance learning option. Changes will not be allowed before school resumes on Aug 31. After Aug 31, change requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Details at APS Website

APS Updates School Reopening Plan

APS Updates School Reopening Plan
APS is planning 4 days of instruction per week with 2 options:
  ● A “hybrid” option: 2 days in school and 2 days of distance learning per week.
  ●  A 4-day week of distance learning (no in school attendance).

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Lyon Village Food Drive a Success

Lyon Village Food Drive a Success
LV delivered almost 1,000 pounds of food to AFAC on Saturday morning. Additionally, LV contributed money donations totaling $2,500. LVWC, LVCA, and AFAC thank everybody who helped make the Food Drive a success.

NPR: Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities

NPR: Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities
There is no such thing as zero-risk right now. When deciding what is safe it can be useful to think about risks the way experts do. Risk increases: as more time is spent near potentially infected people; as distance decreases from potentially infected people; as the number of people interacting increases. Indoor places are riskier than outdoor places.
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Understanding COVID-19 Superspreading Events

Understanding COVID-19 Superspreading Events
“Since most transmission happens only in a small number of similar situations, it may be possible to come up with smart strategies to stop them from happening. It may be possible to avoid crippling, across-the-board lockdowns by targeting the superspreading events.” NY Times

Restaurant Spending Predicts Virus Spread

Restaurant Spending Predicts Virus Spread
JPMorgan Chase examined spending at restaurants by its 30 million Chase credit and debit card customers and discovered it is a good predictor of surging corona virus cases. Virus cases surged about 3 weeks after restaurant spending surged. In contrast, spending at supermarkets was a good predictor of slower virus spread. Bloomberg

ICU Bed Availability Improving, Now Good

ICU Bed Availability Improving, Now Good
Arlington has about 32 ICU beds. COVID Act Now estimates 9 are currently occupied by non-COVID patients and 9 by COVID patients, leaving 23 available beds. COVID Act Now estimates 8 would be needed by COVID cases. This is likely enough capacity to absorb a wave of new COVID infections.


Graph is for June 23, 2020.

Get latest data at COVID Act Now, Arlington Page

Want a COVID Test? DC Will Test Arlingtonians

Want a COVID Test? DC Will Test Arlingtonians (Free & No Referral Needed)
DC is offering free COVID-19 tests to all comers at a walk-thru testing site at Judiciary Square. DC currently has 11 free walk-up testing sites where appointments are not needed. (Appointments are necessary for drive-thru sites.) Days and times vary among test sites. Wait times are reported to be between 25 minutes and 2 hours.
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Arlington Parks Now Partially Reopen


Arlington Parks Now Partially Open
● Trails and community gardens remain open.
● Park-goers should maintain physical distancing: at least 6 feet.
● Those who cannot maintain a safe distance from others should wear masks.
● Groups should not exceed 10 people.
● Organized sports are still banned.
● Spraygrounds, tracks and skate parks remain closed.
● Playgrounds, picnic shelters, and athletic courts remain closed.
● Restrooms remain closed.
● Dog parks remain closed.
● Summer camps and programs remain cancelled.
● Additional facilities will reopen, with restrictions in early June: athletic fields, batting cages, dog parks, pickleball courts, shelters, tennis courts and outdoor tracks.

● Growing scientific consensus suggests the risk of virus transmission outdoors is low.
● Brief exposure from walking and jogging is thought to carry few risks.
● Talking or singing near others for a sustained time is considered risky, even outdoors.

News Release

Mask Order Unclear

Mask Order Unclear
Yesterday Governor Northam meekly asked that masks be worn in indoor public spaces, but his statement does not match the actual text of the order:

“… any willful violation or refusal, failure, or neglect to comply with this order … is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.”

Class  1 misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanors in Virginia. A Class  1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 12  months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, or both.

The Virginia Mercury

Governor Urges Wearing of Masks

Governor Urges Wearing of Masks
Governor Northam asks that masks be worn in indoor public spaces, including businesses.

“Science shows us that the virus spreads less easily when wearing a face covering,  I’m asking people to do the right thing, to respect one another.”
— Governor Northam

Exceptions include eating, children under 10, and those with health conditions. Face coverings do not take the place of maintaining six feet of physical distancing, increased cleaning and sanitation, and washing hands regularly.

The Virginia Dept. of Health, not police, is responsible for enforcement. Thus no penalty for individuals refusing to wear a mask. Northam hopes a special session of the General Assembly will approve a civil fine for noncompliance.

For now enforcement is left to individual businesses. Businesses refusing to enforce the requirement may have their business license rescinded. Business employees fear violent reactions from sociopaths when told they must wear a mask.

ARLnow Governor's News Release
 

MidAtlantic Urgent Care is Closing

MidAtlantic Urgent Care is Closing Permanently June 1
The locally-owned clinic is closing permanently at the end of May. The clinic said it cannot continue meeting expenses while COVID-19 keeps patients away.

This leaves LV with only two nearby urgent care facilities.
MidAtlantic Urgent Care 3301 Wilson Blvd is closing.
Inova Urgent Care – North Arlington 4600 Lee Hwy. Has been converted into a COVID-19 testing center.
Ballston Urgent Care 3833 North Fairfax Drive. Mon-Fri 7:30AM – 8PM & Sat 8AM – 4PM. Closed Sun. Healthcare for ages 6 and up.
AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care 1515 N Courthouse Rd. Mon-Sat: 8AM – 8PM & Sun: 9AM – 5PM. Does provide urgent care for children.

Evaluating “Reopening” Risks

Evaluating “Reopening” Risks

Exposure at a Choir Practice (CDC)

● Social distancing rules are for brief exposures or outdoor exposures.
● Briefly walking/running past someone outside is low risk.
● Social distancing guidelines don’t hold indoors where you spend a lot of time.
The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them

● Findings support mask wearing as an effective way to limit transmission of the virus from an infected person — known in medical parlance as source control.
● There is some justification for universal mask wearing to prevent those who do not know they are sick from infecting others.
● Hand washing and social distancing are still the most important measures to avoid infection.
Scientific American: How Coronavirus Spreads through the Air

Diseased Brown Cedars in LV

Diseased Brown Cedars in LV
These cypress trees in LV Park are infected with Seiridium canker. Spotted in several parts of LV, it is a fungal disease that kills trees and spreads from tree to tree. There is no chemical control available once an infection has taken place. Please cut down or trim any infected trees on your property to prevent spread.
   Care is the best defense: minimize water loss and water competition with other plants such as turf. Mulch an area several feet beyond the lowest limbs. During hot, dry summer days, irrigate thoroughly around the base of each tree every 7-14 days. More info at the Extension Service

Arlington Opens Walk-Up COVID-19 Test Site

Arlington Opens Walk-Up COVID-19 Test Site
Arlington County, in partnership with Virginia Hospital Center and the Arlington Free Clinic, will open its first walk-up COVID-19 sample collection site at the Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St. The site opens Tuesday, May 12 and will operate weekdays between 1-5 p.m.

Before visiting the site, residents must obtain a clinician referral and schedule an appointment by calling 703-558-5766. Residents without health insurance must call 703-558-5766 for evaluation by a VHC clinician and follow-up referral to the Arlington Free Clinic if needed. Patients with an appointment may access the clinic by entering through the outdoor plaza facing Columbia Pk. Individuals must bring proof of identity (U.S. government ID not required).

Individuals who visit the collection site should follow the instructions of their health care provider and self-isolate while they await their results.

Read more in Arlington News Release

How to clean, reuse or hack a coronavirus mask

How to clean, reuse or hack a coronavirus mask
USA Today

Because you could literally kill someone. How cruel and irresponsible would that be? … It's not that big of a deal. You don’t wear a mask to protect yourself. You wear a mask to protect me. And I wear a mask to protect you. — NY Gov. Cuomo

County Response To Hunger

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

County Response To Hunger
The County has created the Cooperative for a Hunger Free Arlington (CHFA) to help coordinate efforts to assure every Arlington resident has food during the pandemic. CHFA will work to expand community food distribution and add new initiatives. In the coming weeks, the CHFA, in coordination with the County, schools and other community partners, will share more details and communicate expanded easy-to-access resources for food assistance, building on the full range of current resources.

Food, Financial and Medical Assistance for Neighbors in Need  website

News Release

Help Map Published By NextDoor

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Help Map Published By NextDoor
The Help Map displays green dots locating neighbors offering help. Clicking on a dot displays the neighbor’s name, how they can help, and a button to send them a message. As of this writing, 13 neighbors in LV are offering various kinds of assistance. (More helpers than any surrounding neighborhood.) The webpage also has a button to sign up as a helper.
View the Help Map

All County Commission Meetings Cancelled

All County Commission Meetings Cancelled
Members of Arlington’s advisory commissions and boards were told that their meetings have been put on hold for the foreseeable future. Meetings may be held virtually for decisions directly related to COVID-19 and other essential continuity of business matters.
Story at ArlNOW