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COVID-19 Cases Trickle Upward in Alexandria as Stay at Home Order is Lifted

There are 10 more cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, bringing the total number of cases to 2,125, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

No new fatalities were reported and the number of deaths remains at 47. The most recent deaths were a man and woman in their 70s and 80s.

It is not clear how many residents have fully recovered from the virus.

The news comes as Governor Ralph Northam’s stay at home order expired today after nearly two months. Alexandria is also anticipating soon entering into the second phase of reopening its economy.

As the city reopens, it recently shared its Coping with Uncertainty and Fear and Multicultural Resources: Race Based Trauma and Support in Times of Civil Strife web pages.

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

Senior citizens have been severely affected by the virus, and residents above the age of 50 make up all but one of the fatalities.

Statewide, there have been 1,514 reported deaths (18 since yesterday), and 1,408 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-related, according to VDH. There are now 52,177 cases (49,785 confirmed) and 5,272 hospitalizations (including 32 probable cases).

There are 1,084 females with the virus (with 25 deaths and 95 hospitalizations) and 1,033 males (with 21 deaths and 121 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of eight cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 21 deaths, 83 cases, 26 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 15 deaths, 98 cases, 35 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — One deaths, 183 cases, 40 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Nine deaths, 281 cases, 42 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 395 cases, 33 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 493 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 323 cases, six hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 139 cases, two hospitalizations
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 117 cases, two hospitalizations
  • Missing — 12 cases not listed by age

Hispanic and Latino residents make up 17% of the population and lead with the highest number of cases in the city with six deaths, 1,177 cases, 97 total hospitalizations and a 61.2% positivity rate of residents tested.

There are also 154 positive cases associated with 12 outbreaks in the city, and health care workers make up 159 cases. Nine of the outbreaks occurred at long-term care facilities, and at least 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.

Testing Update

There have been 10,938 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows an 8.5% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 1,539 antibody tests in Alexandria. Across Virginia, there have been 395,972 PCR tests administered with a seven-day positivity rate of 9% (and 47,514 antibody tests).

Cases By ZIP Code

VDH did not update ZIP code data since Saturday.

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 — 69 cases, 698 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 223 cases, 1,380 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 615 cases, 3,462 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 575 cases, 1,914 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 416 cases, 1,948 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 530 cases, 2,072 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 187 cases, 1,669 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, 1,177 cases, 101 hospitalizations
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 27 deaths, 891 cases, 78 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — 12 deaths, 320 cases, 56 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 38 deaths, 747 cases, 110 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Six deaths, 416 cases, 18 hospitalizations
  • Other — Two deaths, 498 cases, 64 hospitalizations

Staff photo by James Cullum

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