Post Content

Mayor: Household Contact Primary Source of COVID Transmission in Alexandria

In the latest virtual townhall, Mayor Justin Wilson said the largest source of COVID-19’s spread in Alexandria remains contact between family members or roommates.

“About 44% of folks who tested positive have lived with someone who recently had COVID,” Wilson said. “Household contact is a significant source.”

The data is the result of extensive contact tracing efforts undertaken over the last few months, though Wilson acknowledged that the data was only as reliable as those reporting it.

“About a quarter of those folks had gone to their workplace,” Wilson said. “About 10% had gone to a public event, social gathering or entertainment activity. Only 7% had travelled outside the D.C. area, with most of that travel inside the United States. Only 7% had gone to a restaurant or bar.”

The data comes as Alexandria sees a notable increase in cases after lows in October. Wilson said the city is seeing three new hospitalizations every day. Inova Alexandria is currently at 77% capacity with 40 COVID-19 cases hospitalized and eight under investigation. As the city heads towards the winter holiday season, local health officials have urged people not to gather in-person or risk further spread of the virus.

“It’s social gatherings and family gatherings within the household that’s still driving transmission,” Wilson said. “Things people normally focus on, like indoor dining and parties in the streets, are not as much of a transmission [factor].”

Staff photo by James Cullum

Recent Stories

The number of traffic crashes and injuries is on the rise in Alexandria, according to a new report from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Alcohol-related traffic arrests in Alexandria…

Alexandria still bears scars from the intense 2019 floods — notably the ongoing closure of much of Four Mile Run. Local residents are still reeling from floods since then, but…

Students and parents are facing years upheaval in Alexandria’s West End, as the city’s school system is planning on completely rebuilding two elementary schools within the decade. Alexandria City Public…

If Alexandria wants to hold onto its most skilled staff members, the Alexandria Planning Commission chair said the city government will need to pony up and pay more competitive wages….

High School Senior Anxious about College Life? Our amazing graduate interns, Meghan Damminger and Kelly Charwat are starting an affordable College Readiness group in early 2023. Working out day and time. Please email [email protected] to set up a free consultation after the Thanksgiving holiday. And yes, Meghan and Kelly have a few openings for individual clients as well. Their rate is $45 per session. [www.sarahmoorelpc.com](http://www.sarahmoorelpc.com/?fbclid=IwAR3ZlfQnSLVRCc78HbTZutDYZErTctC_5pl- zt4eo_wjQo1gF6uHS–k32g).

Submit your own Community Post here.

Brassy Jazzy Christmas

Don’t miss this toe tapping celebration!

The Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA) presents “Brassy Jazzy Christmas,” a strong lineup of Christmas and holiday favorites. Inspired by Stan Keton’s album “A Merry Christmas!,” SONOVA has created a jazz band–substituting french

Alexandria’s 47th Annual Turkey Trot 5 Mile Race

Join in Alexandria’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition- the 47th Turkey Trot 5 Mile Race. Alexandria’s favorite Thanksgiving morning tradition, the Alexandria Turkey Trot, returns to the streets of Del Ray on Thursday, November 24 at 9 a.m. In the spirit of

×

Subscribe to our mailing list