There Are Now 1,396 COVID-19 Cases in Alexandria, No New Deaths

There are now 1,396 people with COVID-19 in Alexandria, an increase of 47 cases since yesterday, and no new deaths have been reported, according to the  Virginia Department of Health.

There are 32 fatalities related to the virus, but the did not update any of its demographic data for Alexandria and sex, age, racial and ethnic and ZIP code data yesterday. All that is publicly known is that a woman and a man are the latest victims of the virus. One victim was in their 80s and another was in their 70s.

According to available information, the city’s Hispanic population leads with positive cases at 648 cases, 69 hospitalizations and four reported deaths.

There are more than 500 new or probable cases in the city in the month of May alone. Yesterday, VDH also reported that there are 152 COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Alexandria, and that there have been 98 cases associated with 11 outbreaks in the city, and that 93 of those cases have been health care workers.

Nine of the outbreaks occurred at long-term care facilities, and 15 deaths have occurred at such facilities, although that number has not been updated since the city’s release on May 2. The other outbreaks occurred at a “congregate” setting and an educational setting.

It is not clear how many people have recovered from the virus, and an accurate count on the number of cases is difficult to maintain in Alexandria since the highest infection rates are in the city’s poorest areas.

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases is the 22304 and 22305 ZIP codes, which include the West End and Arlandria, Potomac Yard and Potomac West neighborhoods. As of today, there are 409 cases in 22304, which has an estimated population of 54,003 people, and in 22305 there are 398 cases (with an estimated population of 16,095).

The Alexandria Health Department reported that certain ZIP codes in the family have “historically experienced discriminatory policies and systems, resulting in inequitable access to healthcare, economic opportunities and affordable housing.”

“Now, these chronic health issues also make people more susceptible to severe disease from COVID-19 infection,” the department reported on May 7. “Additionally, these community members are more likely to work in jobs where they are underpaid, do not receive paid sick leave, and are not afforded telework opportunities, creating additional risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.”

Local groups are demanding that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam authorize supplying thousands of testing kits to the Arlandria area, and providing housing for poor COVID-positive patients living in jam-packed housing.

People under the age of 50 have been getting infected in greater numbers, while there were relatively few new cases for residents above the age of 70. A large percentage of deaths have occurred at long-term care facilities, and there has been one death of a person in their 20s. There have been 13 reported deaths of residents in their 80s.

There were 716 females with the virus (with 17 deaths and 71 hospitalizations) and 677 males (with 15 deaths and 88 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+     — 14 Deaths, 64 cases, 14 hospitalizations (12 new cases, five less hospitalizations)
  • 70-79 — Nine deaths, 71 cases, 28 hospitalizations (Six new cases, two new hospitalizations)
  • 60-69 — One death, 122 cases, 25 hospitalizations (Eight new cases, one new hospitalization)
  • 50-59 — Seven deaths, 185 cases, 32 hospitalizations (Seven new cases)
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 269 cases, 24 hospitalizations (Seven new cases, two new hospitalizations)
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 328 cases, 20 hospitalizations (Two new cases, two new hospitalizations)
  • 20-29 — One death, 204 cases, five hospitalizations (Six new cases, one new hospitalization)
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 84 cases, one hospitalization (One new case)
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 60 cases, two hospitalizations (One new case)

Statewide, there have been 977 reported deaths, which is an increase of 22 deaths since yesterday, and 944 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 28,672 (27,293 confirmed, 1,379 probable) and 3,657 hospitalizations (including 27 probable cases).

VDH did not include the numbers of people tested, after criticism that 15,000 test results included antibody tests. Yesterday, VDH reported that 185,551 tests have been administered in Virginia.

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

22301 — 46 cases, 377 people tested (Estimated population 15,171) 49, 407

22302 — 141 cases, 552 people tested (Estimated population 20,238) 12 new cases, 34 new tests

22304 — 409 cases, 1,619 people tested (Estimated population 54,003) 16 new cases, 70 new tests

22305 — 398 cases, 814 people tested (Estimated population 16,095) 5 new cases, 37 new tests

22311 — 255 cases, 734 people tested (Estimated population 16,898) Four new cases, 24 new tests

22312 — 285 cases, 953 people tested (Estimated population 6,901) 12 new cases, 42 new tests

22314 — 134 cases, 914 people tested (Estimated population 47,826) No 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 did not update the following racial and ethnic breakdown since yesterday:

  • Hispanic or Latino — Four Deaths, 648 cases, 69 hospitalizations
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 22 deaths, 528 cases, 61 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — Six deaths, 213 cases, 44 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 25 deaths, 459 cases, 82 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Three deaths, 390 cases, 14 hospitalizations
  • Other — One death, 265 cases, 40 hospitalizations

The full timeline of the spread so far:

Staff photo by James Cullum