Alexandria, VA

Alexandria now has 1,941 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 54 cases since yesterday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There are no new coronavirus-related fatalities in Alexandria, and the death toll remains at 44. The most recent fatalities are two Alexandria women, one in her 80s and the other in her 60s.

There have been more than 20 deaths and 1,000 new reported cases of COVID-19 in May.

Face Coverings in Public Places

As of today, Virginia residents will have to wear face coverings in public places. Violating the Governor’s order is a Class 1 misdemeanor and violators will be given civil fines by the Virginia Department of Health, according to Alexandria spokesman Craig Fifer.

The order will be enforced by the Virginia Department of Health, and no law enforcement entity will be ensuring compliance. However, Fifer said, if a business asks a customer to leave because they are not wearing a face covering and the customer refuses they would then be considered trespassing and the police could get involved.

“Our goal is that people will do the right thing, and if they don’t the business will choose to uphold the spirit of the order by discussing the issue with the customer,” Fifer told ALXnow.

According to the city:

This includes stores, governmental facilities, and public transportation. There will be exceptions for children under age 10; people with health conditions that do not allow them to wear face coverings; eating or drinking; and exercising. Violation of the order will be a Class 1 misdemeanor. For questions about the order, call the Virginia Department of Health at 877.ASK.VDH3. Watch a video to learn how to make and use cloth face coverings correctly. Remember that cloth face coverings do not protect the wearer; they protect other people from the wearer. They are not substitutes for staying home as much as possible and maintaining physical distance in public.

VDH did not update most of its data for Alexandria today, and that includes new cases and hospitalizations by ZIP code (for the second straight day), ethnic and racial data or age and sex data.

There have been more than 1,000 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 19 reported deaths of residents in their 80s and 13 deaths of residents in their 70s.

The number of known cases was expected to rise in the city, as 3,000 tests were administered at Cora Kelly School and Landmark Mall on Monday. As more testing is done and the city starts to reopen, Health Director Dr. Stephen Haering said an increase in new confirmed cases is expected.

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.

Hispanic residents make up 17% of the population and, as of yesterday, were leading with the highest number of cases in the city with six deaths, 856 cases and 79 hospitalizations.

There have been 8,490 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in the Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows a 15.7% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 1,199 antibody tests in Alexandria. Across Virginia, there have been 296,321 PCR tests administered with a seven-day positivity rate of 13.4% (and 36,009 antibody tests).

Statewide, there have been 1,281 reported deaths (45 since yesterday), and 1,175 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 42,533 cases (40,477 confirmed, 2,056 probable) and 4,529 hospitalizations (including 32 probable cases).

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

VDH did not update the age and sex breakdown since yesterday.

As of yesterday, there were 973 females with the virus (with 23 deaths and 79 hospitalizations) and 907 males (with 21 deaths and 101 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of seven cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 19 deaths, 74 cases, 24 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 13 deaths, 88 cases, 33 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 160 cases, 30 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Nine deaths, 248 cases, 35 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 360 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 440 cases, 23 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 278 cases, five hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 127 cases, one hospitalization
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 104 cases, one hospitalizations
  • Missing — Eight cases not listed by age

There have been 129 cases associated with 12 outbreaks in the city, and 112 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 “congregate” settings and an educational setting.

Cases By ZIP Code

VDH did not update the following ZIP code data for the last two days.

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.

Some of the areas share jurisdictions between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

  • 22301 — 64 cases, 575 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 191 cases, 851 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 557 cases, 2,722 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 523 cases, 1,614 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 364 cases, 1,250 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 419 cases, 1,618 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 162 cases, 1,284 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.”

VDH did not update the following racial and ethnic data since yesterday.

  • Hispanic or Latino — Six Deaths, 856 cases, 79 hospitalizations
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 27 deaths, 655 cases, 68 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — 11 deaths, 259 cases, 50 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 35 deaths, 567 cases, 97 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Five deaths, 589 cases, 15 hospitalizations
  • Other — One death, 384 cases, 47 hospitalizations

The full timeline of the spread so far:

Photo via CDC/Unsplash

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