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Four more COVID-related deaths in Alexandria, City preps vaccine rollout for kids under 12

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.

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