Alexandria, VA - Today at 1 p.m., Tenants and Workers United (TWU) along with New Virginia Majority (NVM) will call on Governor Northam via Zoom to provide 10,000 tests over the next ten days to begin to accurately assess and address the spread of the virus, housing solutions to safely isolate, and the medical needs of the Arlandria neighborhood in Alexandria.
Arlandria is primarily Latino, and as of yesterday, 55% of the 572 tests given in Arlandria were positive. This rate of infection in this community of 16,000 is equivalent to global hot spot areas such as Queens, New York, Wuhan, China, and Milan, Italy. Only concerted government action will control this outbreak, save lives and prevent even further community spread.
Evelin Urrutia, executive director of TWU said, "in our community, testing a person, finding them sick with coronavirus, and then sending them back to a one-bedroom apartment where four other people live is a potential death sentence, and at the [very] least a formula for wider community spread. Arlandria residents need to work to survive...most work in construction, care and service [industries], and this community spread, if not addressed, will surely impact the entire region.”
Jon Liss, Co-Executive Director of NVM, joins TWU in calling for the governor to immediately address what is happening in the Arlandria community. "Before the governor considers reopening the state he needs to leave the governor's mansion and see what is happening here. Without thousands of tests, access to isolated housing, and medical treatment, Arlandria residents face more illness and for some, death," said Liss.
To join the Zoom press conference or speak with staff, contact Debra Freeman.
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