Person With Coronavirus Visited Alexandria Pub, Exposure Possible

Emily Leayman

This article originally appeared on the Old Town Alexandria Patch

ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Alexandria Health Department was notified Wednesday that a person who tested positive for the new coronavirus visited an Alexandria restaurant. A subsequent investigation determined patrons may have been exposed to the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, on several days at Murphy's Irish Pub. Anyone who may have been exposed should self-quarantine.

The possible times of exposure at Murphy's Irish Pub include March 10 between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m., March 14 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and March 15 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • March 10, between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.
  • March 14, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • March 15, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

In addition to self-quarantining, Individuals who visited Murphy's Irish Pubs during those times should call the Alexandria COVID-19 Information Line at 703-746-4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., for more guidance. Until they receive further guidance, those individuals should stay home, avoid visitors, not share household items like towels and utensils, stay at least six feet away from other people in the household, and wash hands frequently.

Murphy's Irish Pub said in a Facebook post it is closed through Sunday, March 28 for deep cleaning and sanitizing.

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As of Wednesday night, the Alexandria Health Department confirmed 14 cases of COVID-19. The health department investigates and reaches out to individuals who had close contact with confirmed cases. Cases are expected to increase due to the health department's close contact investigations as well as expanded testing through health care providers.

If you believe you have the common symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and shortness of breath), call your healthcare provider to ask about coming in for an exam or test. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a self-checker for coronavirus symptoms. Those with symptoms should isolate themselves at home, avoid contact with others, wash hands frequently and disinfect surfaces frequently. Call 911 in the event of an emergency — if you experience chest pain or shortness of breath.

The health department recommends the following tips to protect yourself and vulnerable individuals from COVID-19 exposure:

Wash hands: Rub hands together with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use hand sanitizer: If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol as you would wash your hands, rubbing them together for 20 seconds.
Don’t touch your face: Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home: Do not go out except for essential trips like food purchases or medical care. It is especially critical to stay home if you are feeling sick. If you are well, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Use your elbow: Cough and sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. Alternatively, cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands.
Disinfect surfaces: Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For updates on COVID-19 in Alexandria, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus or text ALEXCOVID19 to 888777. Questions can be directed to the Alexandria COVID-19 Information Line at 703-746-4988, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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