Alexandria, VA

There are now 1,510 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, an increase of 34 cases since yesterday and there are no new deaths associated with the virus, according to the  Virginia Department of Health.

There are 34 fatalities (including one probable death) related to the virus, and a woman and man in their 80s are the latest victims. Their deaths were announced by VDH on Saturday. Additionally, out of the 1,510 cases, 176 have been deemed probable cases.

According to available information, the city’s Hispanic population leads with positive cases at 702 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 450 cases in 22304, which has an estimated population of 54,003 people, and in 22305 there are 431 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.

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 also been 16 reported deaths of residents in their 80s.

There are also 162 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.

There have been 124 cases associated with 11 outbreaks in the city, and that 102 of those cases have been health care workers (one 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 700 new or probable cases in the city in the month of May alone.

There are 774 females with the virus (with 18 deaths and 73 hospitalizations) and 731 males (with 16 deaths and 89 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of five cases was not reported.

VDH reported that 4,884 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 194,677 tests have been administered.

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.”

The age breakdown of deaths and new cases:

  • 80+     — 16 Deaths, 65 cases, 2a hospitalizations (One new case, one new hospitalization)
  • 70-79 — Nine deaths, 79 cases, 30 hospitalizations (One new hospitalizations)
  • 60-69 — One death, 134 cases, 27 hospitalizations (Two new cases, one new hospitalization)
  • 50-59 — Seven deaths, 199 cases, 32 hospitalizations (Six more cases)
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 287 cases, 24 hospitalizations (Five new cases)
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 351 cases, 20 hospitalizations (Nine new cases)
  • 20-29 — One death, 220 cases, five hospitalizations (Three new cases)
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 101 cases, one hospitalization (Three new cases)
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 70 cases, two hospitalizations (Four new cases)

Statewide, there have been 1,014 reported deaths, which is an increase of five deaths since yesterday, and 980 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 31,140 cases (29,591 confirmed, 1,549 probable) and 3,822 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, 349 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)

22302 — 156 cases, 522 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)

22304 — 450 cases, 1,578 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)

22305 — 431 cases, 832 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)

22311 — 277 cases, 774 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)

22312 — 313 cases, 960 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)

22314 — 138 cases, 830 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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, 702 cases, 70 hospitalizations
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 23 deaths, 554 cases, 61 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — Six deaths, 225 cases, 46 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 26 deaths, 485 cases, 86 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Four deaths, 433 cases, 14 hospitalizations
  • Other — One death, 298 cases, 41 hospitalizations

The full timeline of the spread so far:

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