BREAKING: Three Alexandria Seniors Die From COVID-19, 31 New Cases

Three more Alexandrians have died of COVID-19, and there are now 1,785 cases in the city, an increase of 31 cases since yesterday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Two Alexandria men and a woman are the latest victims, and one resident was in their 80s and two were in their 70s. The deaths are the most recent since the death of a male resident in his 80s was announced on Saturday.

It is not clear how many residents have recovered since the first case was announced on March 11, though Mayor Justin Wilson noted in a town hall last week that hospitalizations have been either level or trending downward.

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 18 reported deaths of residents in their 80s and 14 deaths of residents in their 70s.

Hispanic residents make up 17% of the population and are leading with the highest number of cases in the city, with 831 reported cases, six deaths and 75 total hospitalizations.

There have been 6,305 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in the Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven day average shows a 21.2% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 1,118 antibody tests in Alexandria.

Statewide, there have been 1,236 reported deaths (28 since yesterday), and 1,175 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 39,342 cases (37,440 confirmed, 1,902 probable) and 4,325 hospitalizations (including 31 probable cases).

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

There are 912 females with the virus (with 21 deaths and 76 hospitalizations) and 867 males (with 20 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+     — 18 deaths, 74 cases, 23 hospitalizations (One new death, one new case)
  • 70-79 — 14 deaths, 87 cases, 32 hospitalizations (Two new deaths, two new cases)
  • 60-69 — One death, 153 cases, 29 hospitalizations (Two new cases)
  • 50-59 — Seven deaths, 230 cases, 35 hospitalizations (One less case)
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 339 cases, 27 hospitalizations (Five new cases)
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 419 cases, 22 hospitalizations (Nine new cases)
  • 20-29 — One death, 265 cases, five hospitalizations (Seven new cases)
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 119 cases, one hospitalization (Four new cases)
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 93 cases, one hospitalizations (Two new cases)
  • Missing — Six cases not listed by age (One new case)

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.

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 524 cases in 22304 (with an estimated population of 54,003), and in 22305 there are 506 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 — 64 cases, 431 people tested (Estimated population 15,171) Four more cases, seven more tests
  • 22302 — 181 cases, 665 people tested (Estimated population 20,238) Two more cases, 24 more cases
  • 22304 — 524 cases, 1,973 people tested (Estimated population 54,003) Three new cases, 51 new tests
  • 22305 — 506 cases, 1,200 people tested (Estimated population 16,095) 13 new cases, eight new tests
  • 22311 — 332 cases, 986 people tested (Estimated population 16,898) Two new cases, 19 new tests
  • 22312 — 382 cases, 1,265 people tested (Estimated population 6,901) Nine new cases, 36 new tests
  • 22314 — 159 cases, 1,047 people tested (Estimated population 47,826) Two new cases, 25 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 — Six Deaths, 831 cases, 75 hospitalizations (12 new cases)
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 25 deaths, 635 cases, 66 hospitalizations (One new death, nine new cases)
  • Black/African American residents — 10 deaths, 255 cases, 50 hospitalizations (Two new deaths, six new cases)
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 29 deaths, 548 cases, 96 hospitalizations (Three new deaths, 50 new cases)
  • Not reported — Five deaths, 522 cases, 14 hospitalizations (Nine new cases)
  • Other — One death, 373 cases, 45 hospitalizations (Seven new cases)

The full timeline of the spread so far:

Photo by Billy Sabatini