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Alexandria Surpasses 4,500 Cases of COVID-19, Counts Now Rising at Summer Pace

There are or have been 4,517 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria since the first case was reported in March, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The City says that community transmission has shifted from low to moderate and there are now about 20 cases being reported every day. That’s roughly the pace of new cases being reported during late July and August.

“Regional hospitalizations, including the use of intensive care units and ventilators have also increased, suggesting that severe outcomes from COVID-19 persist despite the additional availability of testing and treatment options,” according to the city.

Alexandria is also recommending residents stay home this Thanksgiving and celebrate the holidays virtually.

The death count from the virus remains unchanged since last week at 76. Of the 76 deaths, 98% have been residents above the age of 50.

Demographics

There are or have been 2,331 women (with 38 deaths) and 2,173 men (with 38 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death so far are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 33 deaths, 130 cases
  • 70-79 — 21 deaths, 153 cases
  • 60-69 — Five deaths, 334 cases
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 562 cases
  • 40-49 — One death, 774 cases
  • 30-39 — One death, 1,031 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 882 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 317 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 322 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 2,034 reported cases (with 13 deaths), white residents with 944 cases (40 deaths), and Black residents with 938 cases (19 deaths). There are 168 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (and one death), 124 cases classified as “other” (with two deaths) and four native American cases.

There have also been 39 outbreaks in the city, including 12 at long term care facilities, 20 in congregate settings, four in child care settings, one at a college, one in a K-12 setting and one at a correctional facility.

There have been 464 cases associated with the outbreaks. Health care workers also make up 307 positive COVID cases, according to VDH.

Across Virginia, there have been 3,713 deaths and there are or have been 193,447 cases of the virus. There have been 2.8 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 6.1%.

Testing Update

There have been 54,191 COVID tests administered in the city so far and 5,475 antibody tests. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 4.3%.

  • Arlington County has 5,060 cases, 155 deaths and a 4.9% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 25,715 cases, 609 deaths and a 5.7% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 8,413 cases, 134 deaths and a 7% seven-day positivity rate

Need a test? Inova is now offering vehicle-side and walk-in testing services for diagnosing flu and COVID-19, at the Victory Center parking lot (5001 Eisenhower Avenue).

Also, this week the City and Neighborhood Health are hosting two free COVID-19 testing pop-ups.

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 — 176 cases, 4,697 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 487 cases, 8,352 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 1,426 cases, 16,214 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 905 cases, 6,401 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 799 cases, 7,524 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 1,142 cases, 9,460 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 506 cases, 11,003 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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