Alexandria Now Has 1,754 Cases of COVID-19, No New Deaths

Alexandria now has 1,754 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 21 reported cases since yesterday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The latest figures daily figures come as Alexandria’s two poorest communities get 3,000 free tests today at Cora Kelly School (3600 Commonwealth Avenue) and Landmark Mall (5801 Duke Street). The tests are available until 6 p.m. and no registration is needed, although residents who walk to Cora Kelly are asked to wear sunscreen as there might be a considerable wait. Walk up testing is not available at Landmark Mall.

There are no known new fatalities due the the virus, and the death county remains at 38. The latest victim in the city was an Alexandria male in his 80s, whose death was announced on Saturday.

It is not clear how many residents have recovered since the first case was announced on March 11.

Over the three day weekend, Alexandria has widened the pedestrian areas on lower King Street in Old Town so that residents and visitors will keep their distances during what is usually a busy period in the Port City.

There have been more than 900 new cases and more than a dozen coronavirus-related deaths in the city this month alone. 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 are now 17 reported deaths of residents in their 80s.

Hispanic residents make up 17% of the population and are leading with the highest number of cases in the city, with 819 reported cases, six deaths and 75 total hospitalizations.

There have been 125 cases associated with 11 outbreaks in the city, and 108 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.

There have been 6,166 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in the Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven day average shows a 22.7% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 1,106 antibody tests in Alexandria.

Statewide, there have been 1,208 reported deaths (37 since yesterday), and 1,158 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 37,727 cases (35,890 confirmed, 1,837 probable) and 4,269 hospitalizations (including 30 probable cases).

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

There are 895 females with the virus (with 20 deaths and 76 hospitalizations) and 853 males (with 18 deaths and 99 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+     — 17 deaths, 73 cases, 23 hospitalizations (No change)
  • 70-79 — 12 deaths, 85 cases, 32 hospitalizations (No change)
  • 60-69 — One death, 151 cases, 29 hospitalizations (Two new cases)
  • 50-59 — Seven deaths, 231 cases, 35 hospitalizations (One new case)
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 334 cases, 27 hospitalizations (Two new cases)
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 410 cases, 22 hospitalizations (Seven new cases)
  • 20-29 — One death, 258 cases, five hospitalizations (Six new cases)
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 115 cases, one hospitalization (One new case)
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 91 cases, one hospitalizations (Five new cases)
  • Missing — Six cases not listed by age (One new case)

Cases By ZIP Code

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 513 cases in 22304 (with an estimated population of 54,003), and in 22305 there are 487 cases (with an estimated population of 16,095).

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

  • 22301 — 60 cases, 424 people tested (Estimated population 15,171) One more case, 17 more tests
  • 22302 — 179 cases, 641 people tested (Estimated population 20,238) One less case, 29 more tests
  • 22304 — 521 cases, 1,922 people tested (Estimated population 54,003) Eight new cases, 60 new tests
  • 22305 — 493 cases, 1,191 people tested (Estimated population 16,095) Six new cases, 29 new tests
  • 22311 — 330 cases, 967 people tested (Estimated population 16,898) 10 new cases, 33 new tests
  • 22312 — 373 cases, 1,229 people tested (Estimated population 6,901) 21 new cases, 61 new tests
  • 22314 — 157 cases, 1,022 people tested (Estimated population 47,826) Two new tests, 32 new cases

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, 819 cases, 75 hospitalizations (Seven new cases)
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 24 deaths, 626 cases, 66 hospitalizations (Two new cases)
  • Black/African American residents — Eight deaths, 249 cases, 50 hospitalizations (No change)
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 29 deaths, 548 cases, 96 hospitalizations (No change)
  • Not reported — Five deaths, 513 cases, 14 hospitalizations (13 new cases)
  • Other — One death, 366 cases, 45 hospitalizations (Six new cases)

The full timeline of the spread so far:

Staff photo by James Cullum