Uncertainty Lingers for Furloughed Alexandrians — “When Joy Phansond was furloughed from her job as sales coordinator at the Holiday Inn in Old Town, the temporary layoff was initially supposed to last until April 5. Then it was extended to May 5. Then it was extended again until June 5.” [Gazette]
Cinema Del Ray Canceled Due to Coronavirus — “Due to COVID-19, we must ensure the safety of our fellow community members by canceling Cinema Del Ray 2020. We greatly appreciate the support Cinema Del Ray has been shown in the past. We will be back next year, better than ever!” [Facebook]
Old Town Spanish Restaurant ‘La Tasca’ Files for Bankruptcy — “In the past two years, La Tasca has closed two locations in Chinatown and Clarendon.” [Washington Business Journal]
Food Trucks Lift Spirits in Cameron Station — “Rothschild started reaching out to various food truck vendors on March 25, and shortly thereafter she landed her first truck to visit the neighborhood, at the corner of Cameron Station Boulevard and Harold Secord Street – barbecue purveyor Smoking Kow. And neighbors were ready for a feast.” [Gazette]
Tenants and Workers United Raises $16K for Arlandria Community — “Many of our members have had their work hours reduced or been laid off completely. For the undocumented community, there is no social safety net: no unemployment benefits and no stimulus check from the federal government.” [actblue.com]
Contest: Alexandria Living Magazine Gives Away $600 in Merchandise — “Along with KH Giving, we can finally announce the winner of this week’s Mission Masks giveaway! Dixie won $600 worth of prizes including $250 in gift cards from Sweet Fire Donna’s, $100 from Chadwicks and $100 from Bastille and more! These gift cards are all purchased from local restaurants as a way to support them.” [Facebook]
Photos: Meal Distribution at William Ramsey Elementary — “Enjoy these photos of ACPS meal distribution at William Ramsey Elementary School. Thank you to volunteer and photographer, Chris Castillo.” [Facebook]
How Funeral Homes and Cemeteries are Coping in Alexandria — “Some immediate families of the deceased elect to have ceremonies recorded or live streamed for extended family and friends who cannot be present. Others are opting to hold a memorial service at a later date, when larger groups may be able to congregate, rather than a funeral with restricted attendees now.” [Alex Times]
‘La Brocante’ and ‘Top It Off’ Open This Weekend in Del Ray — “La Brocante and Top It Off are now both open on the weekends only (including TODAY until 5 p.m.), with social distancing measures in place (extra sanitizing, limits on the number of people in the stores, and face masks).” [Facebook]
‘Pacers Running’ Donates Shoes to ‘Together We Bake’ — “Thank you @runpacers and @on_running for giving running shoes to our TWB family! We’re excited to break in our shoes.” [Facebook]
New Job: Member Marketing Manager — “We are looking for someone passionate and analytical who loves product marketing. The purpose of this role is to help drive many stakeholders across many departments to inspire members to act on our top opportunities. If you love coordinating complex marketing campaigns, then this job is for you.” [Indeed]
There are now 1,224 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, an increase of 31 new or probable case since yesterday.
No new deaths have been announced and there have been 30 fatalities due to the virus in the city. Additionally, the city’s Hispanic population leads with positive cases at 533 and four reported deaths.
The most recent fatality was a woman in her 70s, whose death was announced Saturday by the Virginia Department of Health.
There are nearly 400 new or probable cases in the city in the month of May alone. VDH also reported that there are 139 COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Alexandria, and that there have been 86 cases associated with 11 outbreaks in the city, and that 88 of those cases have been health care workers.
Nine of the outbreaks occurred at long-term care facilities, and 15 deaths have occurred at such facilities, although that number has not been updated since the city’s release on May 2. The other outbreaks occurred at a “congregate” setting and an educational setting.
Meanwhile, Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson and other regional leaders are asking Governor Ralph Northam to stall his phased reopening of the economy in Northern Virginia. It is not clear how many people have recovered from the virus, and an accurate count on the number of cases is difficult to maintain in Alexandria since the highest infection rates are in the city’s poorest areas.
The area of the city with the leading number of cases is in the 22305 ZIP code, although VDH did not provide updated data this morning on case and test counts by ZIP code. As of yesterday, the 22305 ZIP code, which includes the Arlandria, Potomac Yard and Potomac West neighborhoods, had the largest number of reported cases at 360, with an estimated population of 16,095 residents.
Local groups are demanding that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam authorize supplying 10,000 testing kits to the Arlandria area, and providing housing for poor COVID-positive patients living in jam-packed housing.
People under the age of 50 have been getting infected in greater numbers, while there were relatively few new cases for residents above the age of 70. A large percentage of deaths have occurred at long-term care facilities, and there has been one death of a person in their 20s. There have been 13 reported deaths of residents in their 80s.
There are now reportedly 632 females with the virus (with 16 deaths and 65 hospitalizations) and 589 males (with 14 deaths and 74 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of three cases was not reported.
The age breakdown of deaths and new cases:
- 80+ — 13 Deaths, 50 cases, 19 hospitalizations (Three new cases)
- 70-79 — Eight deaths, 70 cases, 28 hospitalizations (No new cases)
- 60-69 — One death, 106 cases, 21 hospitalizations (Three new cases)
- 50-59 — Seven deaths, 155 cases, 27 hospitalizations (Six new cases)
- 40-49 — Zero deaths, 246 cases, 20 hospitalizations (Eight new cases)
- 30-39 — Zero deaths, 297 cases, 17 hospitalizations (18 new cases)
- 20-29 — One death, 176 cases, four hospitalizations (Five new cases)
- 10-19 — Zero deaths, 74 cases, one hospitalization (No new cases)
- 0-9 — Zero deaths, 49 cases, two hospitalizations (Four new cases)
Statewide, there have been 850 reported deaths, which is an increase of 11 deaths since yesterday, and 823 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-19-related, according to VDH. There are now 25,070 cases (23,889 confirmed, 1,181 probable) and 3,300 hospitalizations (including 22 probable cases). Additionally, 167,758 tests have been administered in Virginia.
Cameron Cafe never really closed, but the little cafe that mostly serves the Cameron Run community is celebrating a ribbon-cutting for its new wine and beer bar.
The Facebook event for the celebration noted that the cafe owner and staff will be at the cafe (4911 Brenman Park Drive) from 5-8 p.m. this afternoon (Monday) to show off the new beer and wine menu. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will also be served.
Staff at the restaurant said the new wine and beer menu is part of an expansion of the venue that’s been taking place over the last several months. While the cafe didn’t close, staff said they are still planning to host a “grand reopening” next month.
Photo via Cameron Cafe/Facebook
Key Leader Chosen for New VT Campus — “Virginia Tech has found its founding director for the computer science program at its forthcoming Innovation Campus in Alexandria. Sara Hooshangi, a faculty member at George Washington University’s College of Professional Studies since 2010, will join Virginia Tech in January to build the curriculum at the new campus.” [Washington Business Journal]
Va. Tech Flags at Market Square — “Thanks to @AlexandriaVAGov #VirginiaTech flags are flying on Market Square commemorating the one-year anniversary of the #VTInnovationCampus announcement. Snap your photo – they’ll be up all week.” [Twitter]
City Urges Food Bank Donations — “The City of Alexandria urges the public to participate in a regional ‘rolling food collection drive’ to help replenish local food banks before the holiday season. The ‘Food2Feed’ collection drive, sponsored by Howard University and WHUR 96.3, will visit Alexandria’s Market Square (301 King St.) on Tuesday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.” [City of Alexandria]
Smoke from Generator Causes Fire Scare — “AFD on scene of a reported possible fire at 400 Cameron Station Blvd condo complex. Source of smoke determined to be a malfunctioning generator, most firefighters now leaving the scene.” [Twitter]