Alexandria Now Has 1,960 Cases of COVID-19, City Seeks Feedback on Coronavirus Response

Alexandria now has 1,960 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 19 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.

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

Alexandria Wants Feedback on Coronavirus Response

The city’s health department is asking residents to fill out an anonymous COVID-19 Care Survey to root out inconsistencies with services.

“The project will result in an AHD plan to address major issues that have been identified by the public and inform future work with local health care providers,” notes a city news release.

May Worst Month for COVID-19 in Alexandria

There have been more than 20 deaths and 1,000 new reported cases of COVID-19 in May alone, making it the worst month for the coronavirus so far.

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 19 reported deaths of residents in their 80s and 13 deaths of residents in their 70s.

As more testing is done and the city starts to reopen, Health Director Dr. Stephen Haering expects the number of cases to increase.

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, 897 cases and 81 hospitalizations.

There have been 9,262 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows a 13.1% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 1,243 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 1,370 reported deaths (89 since yesterday), and 1,269 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 43,611 cases (41,529 confirmed, 2,082 probable) and 4,601 hospitalizations (including 31 probable cases).

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

There are 1,002 females with the virus (with 23 deaths and 81 hospitalizations) and 947 males (with 21 deaths and 106 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of 11 cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 19 deaths, 75 cases, 24 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 13 deaths, 91 cases, 33 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 169 cases, 32 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Nine deaths, 255 cases, 37 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 371 cases, 31 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 456 cases, 23 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 291 cases, five hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 132 cases, one hospitalization
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 110 cases, one hospitalizations
  • Missing — 10 cases not listed by age

There have been 130 cases associated with 12 outbreaks in the city, and 114 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

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, 593 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 196 cases, 1,206 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 575 cases, 2,902 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 546 cases, 1,722 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 382 cases, 1,447 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 442 cases, 1,677 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 167 cases, 1,392 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, 897 cases, 81 hospitalizations
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 27 deaths, 673 cases, 70 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — 11 deaths, 267 cases, 52 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 35 deaths, 577 cases, 102 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Five deaths, 619 cases, 16 hospitalizations
  • Other — One death, 401 cases, 49 hospitalizations

The full timeline of the spread so far:

Staff photo by James Cullum