The number of COVID-19 cases in the city is now at 32 — a sharp increase of nearly 20 cases since this time last week.
The Alexandria Health Department announced the new number of cases on the city website on Saturday, March 29.
The city released the following statement after announcing the new cases:
“AHD is identifying and contacting individuals who came in close contact with the confirmed cases. The close contacts will be asked to self-quarantine and actively monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms. If they start experiencing symptoms, they will immediately undergo testing. As a result of the AHD’s case investigations and expanded testing through private providers, the number of positive cases is expected to continue to increase.”
The first case in Alexandria was reported on March 11, after an infected Washington, D.C. resident visited Virginia Theological Seminary. Two days later, on March 13, Alexandria City Public Schools announced that they were closing until the end of Spring Break, and then the city reported its second case two days later on March 15.
The full breakdown in Alexandria is below:
- March 11 — First positive case reported
- March 15 — Second positive case reported
- March 17 — Fourth positive case reported
- March 24 — The number of cases jumps to 13
- March 25 — The number of cases increases to 14
- March 26 — The number of cases increases to 20
- March 27 — The number of cases increases to 24
- March 28 — The number of cases increases to 28
- March 29 — The number of cases increases to 32
There are now 1,020 COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths related to the virus in Virginia.
Staff photo by James Cullum