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Omicron surge receding for third straight week in Alexandria, city advises mask vigilance

The number of positive Covid cases continues to go down in Alexandria, as officials say that the latest wave of Omicron cases will recede within a month.

While cases have gone down for the third straight week, numbers are still historically high.

“Right now the transmission still remains at historically high levels,” Alexandria Health Department Director,Dr. David C. Rose told City officials recently. ” Previously in the pandemic, we only had a handful of days with over 120 cases per day… Modeling shows that we should be out of the current surge within a month or so.”

There have been 28,302 total reported cases in Alexandria, an increase of 949 cases since this time last week. There have also been 9,822 cases reported in Alexandria in January, including 523 cases reported within Alexandria City Public Schools since Dec. 1, of which 202 are children and 46 are staff.

In the meantime, the city is continuing to ask residents, businesses and visitors to “Wear It Well” by wearing face masks in public indoor spaces, whether vaccinated or not.

The city’s transmission rate went from “Substantial” to “High” last month.

By the numbers

  • The number of deaths remains at 165.
  • The seven day average of daily new cases is now 84.5, down from 208 this time last week
  • The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now 15.7%, down from 21.7% last week

Vaccine stats

  • There are 28,503 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 70% of residents (107,641 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 82% (126,279) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • As of last week, 45,919 residents have gotten a booster shot

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

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