There Are Now 1,577 COVID-19 Cases in Alexandria, No New Deaths

There are now 1,577 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, which is an increase of 33 cases since yesterday.

There are also 34 fatalities related to COVID-19 in the city, and it has been four days since the last deaths, which were a man and a woman in their 80s, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There have been 124 cases associated with 11 outbreaks in the city, and 102 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 critical for all community members, even those who don’t have a diagnosed illness, to stay home except for essential trips such as brief visits to the pharmacy, doctor or grocery store,” according to the city.

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.

Hispanic residents, which make up 17% of the population, have the highest number of cases in the city, with 728 cases, five deaths and 74 hospitalizations.

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 yesterday, there were 459 cases in 22304, which has an estimated population of 54,003 people, and in 22305 there are 436 cases (with an estimated population of 16,095).

It is also not clear how many people have recovered.

Rare Pediatric Condition

The Alexandria Health Department reported that it is monitoring reports regarding a pediatric condition that is “possibly” linked to the coronavirus. The Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is described as a “rare but serious inflammatory condition that affects the heart and other organs,” according to the city. Symptoms include fever, irritability, sluggishness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, reddened eyes, enlarge lymph nodes, cracked lips and a strawberry-colored tongue.

“Call your doctor immediately if your child becomes ill and has a continued fever,” notes a city release. “If your child is severely ill, you should go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 immediately. Continue to take steps (face coverings, hand washing, physical distancing) to prevent your child from being exposed to COVID-19.”

There is reportedly one child in Fairfax County recovering from the condition, and there are a number of cases in Washington, D.C.

Thousands of Additional Tests for Alexandria

On Monday, Governor Ralph Northam announced that 3,000 free COVID-19 tests will be administered in Alexandria on May 25, and that the state’s most impacted areas will get additional testing throughout the remainder of the month.

Where the tests will be administered has not been announced.

There have been 5,171 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in the city so far, and the city’s seven day average shows a 26.6% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 846 antibody tests in Alexandria.

There are also 169 hospitalizations of residents, 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. 

Statewide, there have been 1,074 reported deaths, and 1,040 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 32,908 cases (31,247 confirmed, 1,661 probable) and 3,9794 hospitalizations (including 28 probable cases).

VDH did not update the number of females and males with the virus today. As of yesterday, there were 792 females with the virus (with 18 deaths and 74 hospitalizations) and 747 males (with 16 deaths and 94 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of five cases was not reported.

VDH also did not update the age breakdown of deaths and new cases:

  • 80+     — 16 Deaths, 65 cases, 22 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — Nine deaths, 79 cases, 30 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — One death, 138 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Seven deaths, 201 cases, 32 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 297 cases, 26 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 358 cases, 22 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 224 cases, five hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 102 cases, one hospitalization
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 72 cases, two hospitalizations

VDH did not update the following ZIP code data since yesterday. Some of the areas share jurisdictions between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

22301 — 54 cases, 355 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)

22302 — 159 cases, 536 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)

22304 — 459 cases, 1,599 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)

22305 — 436 cases, 846 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)

22311 — 291 cases, 803 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)

22312 — 316 cases, 989 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)

22314 — 143 cases, 847 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 — Five Deaths, 728 cases, 74 hospitalizations
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 23 deaths, 573 cases, 63 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — Six deaths, 234 cases, 49 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 26 deaths, 505 cases, 90 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Three deaths, 453 cases, 13 hospitalizations
  • Other — One death, 317 cases, 44 hospitalizations

The full timeline of the spread so far: