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Alexandria sees huge spike in COVID-19 cases in August, another death

There has been a 155% increase in the number of COVID-19 cases reported in Alexandria this month versus July, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

As of August 24, there have been 521 new cases reported this month, a sharp uptick from the 204 new cases reported in July, which was a 343% increase over the 43 new cases in June. There has also been another death — the first since July 13 — and the death toll from the virus now stands at 142.

The city is now experiencing a “high” level of coronavirus transmission, whereas it was at “substantial” earlier this month.

Alexandria has a goal of fully vaccinating 110,000 residents, which is 80% of the population — a goal that the city says it has already reached.

So far, 84,957 residents have been fully vaccinated, and 98,681 residents have been partially vaccinated. Just over 62% of residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated, and so have 77% of seniors.

Additionally, the Alexandria Health Department has already started administering third doses to moderately and severely immunocompromised residents.

Find vaccine providers in Alexandria here. If you feel sick, get tested.