There have been four more deaths in Alexandria due to COVID-19 since last week, bringing the death toll from the virus to 148.
In the meantime, Alexandria was praised last week by Governor Ralph Northam for having the highest vaccination rate among teens in Virginia. The city is also currently preparing to provide vaccines for children under the age of 12.
The number of reported cases has climbed to 13,761, an increase of 176 cases since this time last week. There have also been 20 cases reported in Alexandria City Public Schools in October and 64 cases reported last month.
“More than 95% of Alexandria’s 12-17 year-olds have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine,” the city reported. “In anticipation of vaccine authorization for the 5-11 age group, Alexandria Health Department is working closely with Alexandria City Public Schools; private schools; pharmacies; and private providers, including pediatrician offices, to ensure equitable access to vaccines and proactive education for families.”
While the city’s transmission rate remains high, recent VDH data shows that cases are going down. The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases for every 100,000 people is 13.9, which is down from 16.7 last week. There have been just over 200 cases reported in the last two weeks, and the seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is 2.9%, according to the the Virginia Department of Health.
Manassas Park and Fairfax City, with moderate transmission, are the only localities in Virginia not experiencing a high transmission rate.
VDH says that unvaccinated Virginians make up a majority of new cases. So far, 92,946 residents have been fully vaccinated and 105,130 residents have been partially vaccinated. More than 67% of residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated, and so have 79% of seniors.
The Alexandria Health Department also recommends that pregnant women get vaccinated.
Earlier this week, @GovernorVA recognized the extraordinarily high vaccination rate for young people in Alexandria.
Our teens have led the way in putting this pandemic behind us and we eagerly await permission to begin vaccinating those under 12!https://t.co/46Csg8gVY6
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) September 29, 2021
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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).
ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.
This year, ATC plans to significantly increase the size of the program to reach over 250 students and to serve every elementary school in Alexandria. This is very exciting news, but we will only succeed if we can recruit more tutors. ATC trains you, matches you with a child, and provides ongoing lesson materials and support.
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Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!
This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA