Virginia Adopts First-in-the-Nation Workplace Safety Standards for COVID-19 Pandemic

In the absence of federal guidelines, newly adopted workplace safety rules will help protect Virginia workers from the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier this week, Governor Ralph Northam announced the adoption of statewide emergency workplace safety standards in response to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. These first-in-the-nation safety rules will protect Virginia workers by mandating appropriate personal protective equipment, sanitation, social distancing, infectious disease preparedness and response plans, record keeping, training and hazard communications in workplaces across the Commonwealth. The actions come…

COVID-19 Update: Drive-Through Sample Collection Site Open Weekdays

COVID-19 Testing in Arlington

Arlington operates two COVID-19 Sample Collection Sites:

  • Drive-through Site at 1429 N. Quincy Street: Patients must have an existing order for COVID-19 testing from a licensed healthcare provider, but no appointment needed. Weekdays from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Walk-up Site at the Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S Dinwiddie St.) for low-income, uninsured and under-insured residents. Residents must schedule an appointment (call 703-912-0118), but there is no fee, medical consultation or insurance required. Weekdays from 1–5 p.m.

Find publicly-available tests at VDH’s COVID-19 Testing Site page.

Additional locations in the Arlington area with COVID-19 testing include Preston’s Pharmacy,  select CVS Pharmacy stores and Inova Urgent Care – North Arlington.

JUST IN: Arlington Add Three Coronavirus Cases, Now Highest in State Again

There are now 17 known coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Arlington, again giving the county the highest case count of any individual locality in the state.

That’s up from 14 cases in Arlington yesterday. There are a total of 94 COVID-19 cases statewide, according to the Virginia Dept. of Health, after 1,923 tests administered. Across the Commonwealth, two people have died from the disease.

Arlington, which is now conducting drive-through testing, was closely followed on the list by Fairfax County, which has 16 known cases. Virginia Hospital Center conducted…

Armed Robberies Leave Pentagon City Mall Shoppers on Edge

Two armed robberies have taken place over the past week in the Pentagon City Mall parking garage in Arlington, Virginia.

The first incident occurred Jan. 19 about 5:25 p.m. when a woman was approached in her parked car at gunpoint and forced to give up her cellphone, police said.

The robber fled the scene on foot.

A similar situation occurred Thursday around 1:50 p.m. when a man stepped out of his car and was confronted at gunpoint and gave up his keys on demand, police said.

The male thief got away in the victim’s car.

“When you have the use of a firearm, even if it’s just implied or shown, that is a significant escalation,” Arlington County Police Officer Ashley Savage said. “We do take that very seriously.”

A sign located in the parking garage outlines security precautions…

CFD Urges People, Pets to Avoid Four Mile Run

The department has been providing updates about the hazmat incident on social media, saying Thursday afternoon that the source was a leaking underground oil tank along Columbia Pike near the Fairfax County border.

“We are working with our neighboring jurisdictions and the State to mitigate the situation,” ACFD said via Twitter. “The HazMat Team has taken steps in @ArlingtonVA County to minimize the effects on the environment.”

In the meantime, ACFD says people and pets should stay away from Four Mile Run downstream of Columbia Pike…