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There Are Now 1,476 Cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria

(Updated at 10:00 p.m.) There are now 1,476 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, an increase of 16 cases since yesterday and there are no new deaths associated with the virus, according to the  Virginia Department of Health.

There are 34 fatalities related to the virus, and a woman and man in their 80s are the latest victims.

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 16 reported deaths of residents in their 80s. One was a white resident who passed away in the hospital and the race of the other victim was not reported.

There are also 159 residents who are hospitalized, which is an indicator for the city as to whether it is appropriate to reopen the local economy by the governor’s extended May 29 deadline. According to the data, the city’s hospitalization rate is on a downward trend, although 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.

It is also not clear how many people have recovered.

I am frequently asked what metrics we are watching to determine that we can move into Phase 1. One of the key metrics…

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There have been 124 cases associated with 11 outbreaks in the city, and that 101 of those cases have been health care workers (three more since yesterday). 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.

There are more than 500 new or probable cases in the city in the month of May alone.

There are 756 females with the virus (with 18 deaths and 71 hospitalizations) and 716 males (with 16 deaths and 88 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of four cases was not reported.

VDH reported that 4,661 Alexandria residents have been tested for the virus so far, and the state was recently criticized after 15,000 test results included antibody tests. VDH now reports 184,118 tests have been administered, versus the 185,551 number of tests that were reported on May 14.

History of Discrimination Against Poor Families

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.”

According to available information, the city’s Hispanic population leads with positive cases at 687 cases, 70 hospitalizations and four reported deaths.

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 436 cases in 22304, which has an estimated population of 54,003 people, and in 22305 there are 424 cases (with an estimated population of 16,095).

Meanwhile, 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 residents above the age of 70 make up about 10% of the total number of cases.

The age breakdown of deaths and new cases:

  • 80+     — 16 Deaths, 64 cases, 20 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — Nine deaths, 79 cases, 29 hospitalizations (Two new cases, one new hospitalizations)
  • 60-69 — One death, 132 cases, 26 hospitalizations (Two new cases, one new hospitalization)
  • 50-59 — Seven deaths, 193 cases, 32 hospitalizations (One less case)
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 282 cases, 24 hospitalizations (Two new cases)
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 342 cases, 20 hospitalizations (Four new cases)
  • 20-29 — One death, 217 cases, five hospitalizations (Two new cases)
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 98 cases, one hospitalization (Two new cases)
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 66 cases, two hospitalizations (Three new cases)

Statewide, there have been 1,009 reported deaths, which is an increase of 32 deaths since yesterday, and 944 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 30,388 cases (28,901 confirmed, 1,487 probable) and 3,775 hospitalizations (including 26 probable cases).

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

22301 — 54 cases, 439 people tested (Estimated population 15,171) One less case, eight new tests

22302 — 151 cases,  621 people tested (Estimated population 20,238) 31 new tests

22304 — 436 cases, 1,737 people tested (Estimated population 54,003) Seven new cases, 37 new tests

22305 — 424 cases, 884 people tested (Estimated population 16,095) Nine new cases, 22 new tests

22311 — 268 cases, 799 people tested (Estimated population 16,898) Three new cases, 33 new tests

22312 — 308 cases, 1,028 people tested (Estimated population 6,901) 13 new cases, 20 new tests

22314 — 138 cases, 1,075 people tested (Estimated population 47,826) Four new cases, 32 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.”

  • Hispanic or Latino — Four Deaths, 687 cases, 70 hospitalizations (15 new cases, one new hospitalization)
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 23 deaths, 550 cases, 60 hospitalizations (Six new cases)
  • Black/African American residents — Six deaths, 221 cases, 44 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 26 deaths, 476 cases, 83 hospitalizations (Four new cases)
  • Not reported — Four deaths, 424 cases, 14 hospitalizations (Four news cases)
  • Other — One death, 281 cases, 41 hospitalizations (Four new cases, one new hospitalization)

The full timeline of the spread so far:

The original article incorrectly said that there were 26 new cases. The number of new cases is 16. 

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