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COVID-19 Update: Deaths at 59, Case Count at 2,844 in Alexandria

Two Alexandria women have died from COVID-19 since Friday, bringing the total death count from the virus in the city to 59, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There are now or have been 2,844 cases of the virus in Alexandria, which is an increase of 109 cases since last Monday, July 27. There are 2,218 COVID-related fatalities throughout Virginia, and there are or have been 93,106 cases.

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

“(I)ndividuals are not required to report when they feel better, especially since the vast majority of people who get COVID-19 recover at home with no medical treatment or testing,” city spokesman Craig Fifer said. “There’s no practical way to track ‘active’ cases. Even just among hospitalizations, an Alexandria resident could be hospitalized anywhere in the country (or technically beyond). Public health staff would have to track those hospitals and call them every day to see if those patients are still there. There’s no particular utility in doing this, so public health staff focus on more urgent activities.”

The city is now working on a distribution plan once a vaccine against the virus is available.

“While there is not yet a vaccine for COVID-19, more than 150 attempts are under development and 27 are currently in human trials to test their safety and efficacy,” notes a city news release. “AHD’s vaccine distribution framework summarizes objectives and tactics to support the missions of AHD and the City, to save lives and improve the quality of life as Alexandrians pull through the pandemic together.”

Age and Sex Breakdown

There are or have been 1,408 women (with 32 deaths) and 1,319 men (with 27 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus.

  • 80+     — 26 deaths, 97 cases
  • 70-79 — 18 deaths, 108 cases
  • 60-69 — Three deaths, 229 cases
  • 50-59 — 11 deaths, 355 cases
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 523 cases
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 655 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 494 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 210 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 162 cases
  • Missing — Eight cases not listed by age

There have been 22,829 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows a 6% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 3,536 antibody tests in Alexandria.

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 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 — 98 cases, 1,703 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 283 cases, 3,538 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 848 cases, 6,958 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 657 cases, 3,185 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 541 cases, 3,412 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 724 cases, 4,161 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 259 cases, 4,030 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash

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