Three More COVID-19 Deaths in Alexandria, Cases Surpass 8,000

Three more Alexandria residents have died from COVID-19, and the death toll from the virus now stands at 91. The city has reached 8,156 cases, an increase of 618 cases since this time last week.

The victims were two men and a woman, and one was in their 80s, another in their 70s and another in their 60s.

On the vaccine front, 1,032 vaccines have been administered to health care workers and seniors in nursing homes in Alexandria. There have been more than 200,000 doses of the vaccine distributed across Virginia, and a total of 189,283 first doses have been administered and 15,130 people have been fully vaccinated, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There have also been 456 total hospitalizations in Alexandria since the onset of the pandemic, and the city’s seven-day moving average is 85.7.

Across Virginia, there have been 5,393 deaths and there are or have been 408,386 cases of the virus. There have also been 4.6 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 16.7%.

Demographics

There are or have been 4,246 women (with 41 deaths) and 3,886 men (with 49 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 39 deaths, 208 cases
  • 70-79 — 23 deaths, 275 cases
  • 60-69 — 10 deaths, 613 cases
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 969 cases
  • 40-49 — Two deaths, 1,384 cases
  • 30-39 — Two deaths, 1,897 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 1,651 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 571 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 563 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 3,008 reported cases (with 17 deaths), white residents with 1,932 cases (47 deaths), and Black residents with 1,627 cases (22 deaths). There are 337 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (one death), 227 cases classified as “other” (two deaths) and 10 native American cases (no deaths).

There have also been 71 outbreaks in the city (an increase of seven outbreaks since last week), including 19 at long term care facilities, 36 in congregate settings, six in child care settings, two at a college, one in a K-12 setting and two at a correctional facility. There have been 763 cases associated with the outbreaks. Health care workers also make up 476 of those positive COVID cases, according to VDH.

Testing Update

There have been 94,804 Polymer Chain Reaction (PCR) tests administered in the city; 6,209 antibody tests and 5,343 antigen tests.

However, the city recently warned of a risk of false negative results with testing company Curative, which has three PCR kiosks around the city.

“There is always a risk of false negative results with any PCR test, since the sensitivity is dependent on the concentration of virus in the sample and how well the sample was collected,” the Alexandria Health Department said in a recent release. “To ensure greater accuracy, the City specified in its contract with Curative that only nasal tests would be used, rather than Curative’s oral test.”

Alexandria’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 11.9%. Below are statistics for neighboring jurisdictions:

  • Arlington County has 10,117 cases, 186 deaths and a 12.3% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 50,379 cases, 723 deaths and a 14.4% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 15,443 cases, 164 deaths and a 17.7% seven-day positivity rate

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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 — 385 cases, 8,650 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 933 cases, 15,146 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 2,645 cases, 27,955 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 1,307 cases, 10,410 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 1,372 cases, 11,771 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 1,961 cases, 15,578 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 1,102 cases, 20,872 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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