Another COVID-19 Death in Alexandria as Cases Trickle Toward 2,000

An Alexandria woman in her 80s has died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 45.

The number of cases continues to trickle upward, as there are now 1,981 cases, which is an increase of only seven cases since yesterday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

With the governor’s stay at home order still in effect until June 10, the city is asking residents to continue staying home “except for essential trips such as food purchases and medical care.”

“If you must leave your home, wear a cloth face covering around others and keep at least six feet apart from others whenever possible,” the city advised. “Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

May Worst Month for COVID-19 in Alexandria

There were 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 occurred at long-term care facilities, and there has been one death of a person in their 20s. There are 20 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 lead with the highest number of cases in the city with six deaths, 957 cases and 85 total hospitalizations.

There have been 9,599 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows a 10.9% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 1,320 antibody tests in Alexandria. Across Virginia, there have been 322,568 PCR tests administered with a seven-day positivity rate of 11.8% (and 39,966 antibody tests).

Statewide, there have been 1,392 reported deaths (17 since yesterday), and 1,282 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 45,398 cases (43,247 confirmed, 2,151 probable) and 4,694 hospitalizations (including 34 probable cases).

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

There are 1,014 females with the virus (with 24 deaths and 83 hospitalizations) and 955 males (with 21 deaths and 100 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of 12 cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 20 deaths, 77 cases, 25 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 13 deaths, 90 cases, 33 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 172 cases, 32 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Nine deaths, 258 cases, 38 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 378 cases, 32 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 458 cases, 24 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 294 cases, five hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 133 cases, two hospitalizations
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 111 cases, one hospitalizations
  • Missing — 10 cases not listed by age

There have been 136 cases associated with 12 outbreaks in the city, and 123 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 since yesterday.

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are 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 — 65 cases, 603 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 197 cases, 1,217 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 577 cases, 2,928 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 548 cases, 1,736 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 386 cases, 1,463 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 454 cases, 1,703 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 166 cases, 1,408 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, 957 cases, 85 hospitalizations
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 28 deaths, 717 cases, 73 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — 11 deaths, 277 cases, 53 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 36 deaths, 601 cases, 103 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Five deaths, 566 cases, 16 hospitalizations
  • Other — One death, 421 cases, 50 hospitalizations

The full timeline of the spread so far:

Staff photo by James Cullum