BREAKING: Three More COVID-19 Deaths in Alexandria as Cases Reach 1,627

Three more Alexandrians have died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 37, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Two women and one man in their 70s are the latest victims of the virus. Two victims were black/African American and the third victim was Hispanic.

The deaths are the first reported since May 16, and there are now 1,627 cases of the virus, which is an increase of 50 cases since yesterday.

COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Locations Announced

Landmark Mall (5801 Duke Street) and Cora Kelly School (3600 Commonwealth Avenue) have been chosen as the locations for 3,000 free COVID-19 tests to be administered on May 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents are encouraged to wear a face mask and walk-up participants should wear sunscreen.

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

There have been 125 cases associated with 11 outbreaks in the city, and 103 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.

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 767 cases, six deaths and 75 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. There are 478 cases in 22304, which has an estimated population of 54,003 people, and in 22305 there are 456 cases (with an estimated population of 16,095).

It is also not clear how many people have recovered.

There have been 5,367 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in the city so far, and as of yesterday the city’s seven day average showed a 26.6% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 870 antibody tests in Alexandria.

There have also been 171 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 1,099 reported deaths, and 1,064 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 34,147 cases (32,428 confirmed, 1,709 probable) and 4,093 hospitalizations (including 27 probable cases).

There are 830 females with the virus (with 20 deaths and 75 hospitalizations) and 791 males (with 17 deaths and 96 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of six cases was not reported.

VDH provided the following age breakdown of deaths and new cases:

  • 80+     — 16 deaths, 71 cases, 22 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 12 deaths, 83 cases, 31 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — One death, 143 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Seven deaths, 216 cases, 34 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 316 cases, 27 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 371 cases, 22 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 237 cases, five hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 108 cases, one hospitalization
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 77 cases, one hospitalizations

VDH provided the following ZIP code data. Some of the areas share jurisdictions between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

22301 — 56 cases, 370 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)

22302 — 167 cases, 569 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)

22304 — 478 cases, 1,676 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)

22305 — 456 cases, 987 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)

22311 — 304 cases, 867 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)

22312 — 342 cases, 1,059 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)

22314 — 150 cases, 899 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 — Six Deaths, 767 cases, 75 hospitalizations
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 23 deaths, 598 cases, 63 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — Eight deaths, 238 cases, 49 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 28 deaths, 515 cases, 91 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Five deaths, 463 cases, 14 hospitalizations
  • Other — One death, 328 cases, 45 hospitalizations

The full timeline of the spread so far:

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