Alexandria Woman Dies of COVID-19, Arlandria and West End See Jump in Cases

An Alexandria woman in her 70s has died of COVID-19 and there is an increase of 32 positive or probable cases in the city since yesterday.

There are now 30 coronavirus-related deaths and 1,142 cases in Alexandria, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There have been more than 300 new or probable cases in the city in the month of May alone. VDH also reported that there are 139 COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Alexandria.

The largest jump in cases has been reported from Alexandria’s poorest areas. The 22305 ZIP code, which includes the Arlandria, Potomac Yard and Potomac West neighborhoods, now has the largest number of reported cases at 340, with an estimated population of 16,095 residents. That’s an increase of 23 new cases since yesterday.

The next highest is the 22304 ZIP code, which includes the Landmark area, the Duke Street corridor and the Cameron Station community, and has an estimated population of 54,003 residents and reported 327 total cases, an increase of 31 new cases. The numbers can get confusing because Alexandria shares ZIP code areas with neighboring jurisdictions.

On Friday, local groups demanded that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam authorize supplying 10,000 testing kits to the Arlandria area, and providing housing for poor COVID-positive patients living in jam-packed housing.

Most fatalities related to the virus in the city have been people over the age of 50, although the highest numbers of those infected are in their 30s and 40s. A large percentage of deaths have occurred at long-term care facilities, and there has been one death of a person in their 20s. The other most recent deaths of three women in their 80s was reported on May 7.

To date, there have been 13 deaths of residents in their 80s. Today’s VDH update revealed there were no new reported deaths of residents within that demographic, no new cases and only one new hospitalization.

The VDH data has been incomplete over the last several days and it is unclear from which area of the city the most recent coronavirus victim lived, in addition to her race and ethnicity.

There are now reportedly 589 females with the virus (with 16 deaths and 65 hospitalizations) and 550 males (with 14 deaths and 74 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of three cases was not reported.

The age breakdown of deaths and new cases:

  • 80+     — 13 Deaths, 47 cases, 19 hospitalizations (One new hospitalization)
  • 70-79 — Eight deaths, 67 cases, 28 hospitalizations (One new death, four new cases, four new hospitalizations)
  • 60-69 — One death, 98 cases, 21 hospitalizations (Seven new cases, one new hospitalization)
  • 50-59 — Seven deaths, 149 cases, 27 hospitalizations (Eight new cases, three new hospitalizations)
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 231 cases, 20 hospitalizations (25 new cases, one new hospitalization)
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 279 cases, 17 hospitalizations (14 new cases, one new hospitalization)
  • 20-29 — One death, 160 cases, four hospitalizations (11 new cases, one new hospitalization)
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 65 cases, one hospitalization (10 new cases, one new hospitalization)
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 45 cases, two hospitalizations (Three new cases, one less hospitalization)

A number of Alexandria business owners remain cautious about reopening after Northam announced a gradual easing of restrictions last week, and local efforts are underway asking him to implement a rent freeze for workers affected by the coronavirus.

Last week, Tenants and Workers United also led a community-wide protest demanding that Virginia implement a rent freeze for workers affected by COVID-19. Additionally, the City Council’s call for a rent freeze has been sent to Richmond to ask Northam to put a moratorium on rents and mortgages and to suspend the reporting of negative credit information by credit bureaus.

Statewide, there have been 827 reported deaths, which is an increase of 58 deaths since yesterday, and 801 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 23,196 cases (22,086 confirmed, 1,110 probable) and 3,164 hospitalizations (including 21 probable cases). Additionally, 150,952 tests have been administered in Virginia.

The following updated ZIP Code Data includes areas that share jurisdictions Between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

22301 — 39 cases, 314 people tested (Estimated population 15,171) — Four new cases, 32 new tests

22302 — 109 cases, 407 people tested (Estimated population 20,238) — Eight new cases, 29 new tests

22304 — 327 cases, 1,254 people tested (Estimated population 54,003) — 31 new cases, 112 new tests

22305 — 340 cases, 645 people tested (Estimated population 16,095) — 23 new cases, 73 new tests

22311 — 205 cases, 582 people tested (Estimated population 16,898) — 15 new cases, 65 new tests

22312 — 222 cases, 738 people tested (Estimated population 6,901) — 26 new cases, 79 new tests

22314 — 117 cases, 767 people tested (Estimated population 47,826) — Four new cases, 80 new tests

The City acknowledged that VDH and the Alexandria Health Department have “significant gaps in non-reporting of racial and ethnic demographics in this data.”

VDH provided the following racial and ethnic breakdown:

  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 19 deaths, 408 cases, 52 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — Six deaths, 175 cases, 40 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 22 deaths, 366 cases, 74 hospitalizations
  • Hispanic or Latino — Four Deaths, 515 cases, 58 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Four deaths, 361 cases, 14 hospitalizations
  • Other — One death, 198 cases, 33 hospitalizations

The full timeline of the spread so far: