Alexandria, VA

Four more COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Alexandria, bringing the death toll from the virus to 66. Three of the deaths occurred last month, and the most recent casualty was reported today by the Virginia Department of Health.

Three of the fatalities occurred in August and went unreported for a month until a periodic review of vital records, according to the city.

There are now or have been 3,628 cases and 305 hospitalizations in the city since the first case was reported on March 11.

Demographic, Age and Sex Breakdown

Latino residents are the hardest hit with 1,704 reported cases, followed by Black residents with 743 cases, white residents with 705 cases, Asian or Pacific Islander residents with 130 cases, 83 cases classified as “other” and four native American cases.

There are or have been 1,885 women (with 34 deaths) and 1,731 men (with 32 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age group that has not experienced a death so far are children and teenagers.

  • 80+     — 29 deaths, 116 cases
  • 70-79 — 19 deaths, 128 cases
  • 60-69 — Three deaths, 276 cases
  • 50-59 — 12 deaths, 459 cases
  • 40-49 — One death, 640 cases
  • 30-39 — One death, 847 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 667 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 259 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 225 cases

Testing Update

There have also been 35,474 (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in the city so far, 4,462 antibody tests and the city’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 5.2% and stands behind Arlington County.

  • Arlington County has 3,779 cases, 146 deaths and a 3.8% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 20,035 cases, 585 deaths and a 6.3% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 6,532 cases, 119 deaths and a 8.3% seven-day positivity rate
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Alexandria has seen an increase of 149 cases since this time last week, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate continues to be lowest in the region, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There have been 62 deaths in the city due to the virus (unchanged since last week) and 3,527 cases of coronavirus in the city. There have also been 33,332 (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in the city so far, 4,342 antibody tests and the city’s seven-day positivity rate is the lowest in the region at 4.3%.

“COVID-19 is spread by people whether or not they have symptoms, and AHD estimates that nearly 9% of infected Alexandrians have required hospitalization,” the city noted in a recent news release. “Everyone must do their part to stop the spread: maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, wear a mask over both the nose and mouth, and carry and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. With a recent increase in cases, you are more likely to encounter someone who is infected.”

  • Arlington County has 3,656 cases, 143 deaths and a 4.4% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 19,055 cases, 562 deaths and a 5.6% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 6,223 cases, 118 deaths and a 7.8% seven-day positivity rate.

There have also been 298 total hospitalizations since the first case was reported on March 11, according to VDH. That’s an increase of four hospitalizations since this time last week. Statewide, there are 2,686 COVID-related fatalities, and there are or have been 127,571 cases. There have also been 1.7 million tests administered and the state’s seven-day moving average is 7.7%.

Demographic, Age and Sex Breakdown

Latino residents remain hardest hit with 1,673 reported cases, followed by Black residents with 715 cases, white residents with 681 cases, Asian or Pacific Islander residents with 124 cases, 77 cases classified as “other” and three native American cases.

There are or have been 1,826 women (with 34 deaths) and 1,675 men (with 28 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus.

  • 80+     — 27 deaths, 115 cases
  • 70-79 — 18 deaths, 123 cases
  • 60-69 — Three deaths, 270 cases
  • 50-59 — 12 deaths, 449 cases
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 620 cases
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 813 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 646 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 244 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 220 cases

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 ZIP codes, which include the West End and Arlandria, Potomac Yard and Potomac West neighborhoods.

Some of the areas share jurisdictions between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

  • 22301 — 129 cases, 2,676 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 362 cases, 4,811 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 1,093 cases, 10,102 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 735 cases, 4,302 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 649 cases, 5,200 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 923 cases, 6,118 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 347 cases, 6,395 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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The wellness-related businesses in Del Ray have banded together to form The Wellness District, and the annual week devoted to providing care to the community has expanded into the entire month of September.

All this month is Wellness Month in Del Ray, and the offerings include gong meditations, outdoor yoga and free mental health webinars.

“Here’s the scoop,” Dr. Lauren Fisher, co-owner of Del Ray Psych and Wellness, told ALXnow. “There’s no time like the present for people to really be focusing on their wellness across the board, so we are doing a bunch of promos and free classes and different offerings. That will help the public acquainted with some of the wellness providers they are not familiar with in Del Ray. I think a lot of people don’t know how much there is in this small area.”

Wellness Week is usually celebrated in the third week in September, according to Visit Del Ray.

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“Del Ray has become the center of health and wellness in the region, with a wide range of award-winning wellness providers and fitness studios,” said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky. “We are proud of the incredible work that The Wellness District does to connect the community to resources that help them live their best lives.”

Dr. Lola Capps, the owner of Chrysalis Chiropractic, said she has seen a dramatic increase in the number of wellness businesses in the area since she opened in 2003.

“We have since seen the wellness businesses explode here, and it seemed apparent that the next natural growth opportunity for the DRBA wellness businesses was to collectively deem ourselves The Wellness District,” Capps said.

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As the city suffers the latest death by COVID-19, the seven-day positivity rate is now the lowest in the region at 4.5% of residents tested for the virus, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

On Friday, the city reported that an Alexandria resident in their 50s died from the virus, bringing the death toll to 62. There are now or have been 3,378 cases of coronavirus in the city.

There have also been 298 total hospitalizations since the first case was reported on March 11, according to VDH. That’s an increase of 17 hospitalizations since this time last week.

“COVID-19 is spread by people whether or not they have symptoms, and AHD (Alexandria Health Department) estimates that nearly 10% of infected Alexandrians have required hospitalization,” notes a city release.

It is not clear how many city residents have recovered from the virus.

City Faring Better Than Neighboring Jurisdictions

There have been 31,245 (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in the city so far. There have also been 4,201 antibody tests in Alexandria.

Alexandria trails behind its more populated regional neighbors, including:

  • Arlington County, with 3,555 cases, 138 deaths and a 5% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County with 18,417 cases, 558 death and a 5.7% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County with 5,979 cases, 118 deaths and a 6.7% seven-day positivity rate.

Statewide, there are 2,580 COVID-related fatalities, and there are or have been 120,954 cases. There have also been 1.6 million tests administered and the state’s seven-day moving average is 7.4%.

Demographic, Age and Sex Breakdown

Latino residents in the city have been hardest hit with 1,634 reported cases, followed by Black residents with 668 cases, white residents with 654 cases, Asian or Pacific Islander residents with 113 cases, 69 cases classified as “other” and three native American cases.

There are or have been 1,558 women (with 34 deaths) and 1,446 men (with 28 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus.

  • 80+     — 27 deaths, 112 cases
  • 70-79 — 18 deaths, 120 cases
  • 60-69 — Three deaths, 263 cases
  • 50-59 — 12 deaths, 436 cases
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 606 cases
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 778 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 607 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 241 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 204 cases

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 ZIP codes, which include the West End and Arlandria, Potomac Yard and Potomac West neighborhoods.

Some of the areas share jurisdictions between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

  • 22301 — 121 cases, 2,471 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 347 cases, 4,539 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 1,041 cases, 9,506 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 717 cases, 4,096 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 622 cases, 4,683 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 885 cases, 5,705 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 328 cases, 5,945 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)
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There are or have been 3,270 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, an increase of 140 cases since this time last week.

There have been no new deaths since the last report of 61 fatalities. The victim was a man in his 50s, and the death went unreported for months,  according to the city.

There have also been 293 total hospitalizations since the first case was reported on March 11, according to the Virginia Department of Health. It is not clear how many city residents have recovered from the virus. That’s an increase of nine hospitalizations since last week.

“With a recent increase in cases, you are more likely to encounter someone who is infected,” notes a city release. “Be prepared to answer a call from the Alexandria Health Department in case you are identified as a close contact.”

Alexandria trails behind its more populated regional neighbors like Arlington County, which has reported 3,400 cases and 137 deaths; Fairfax County with 17,729 cases and 543 deaths; and Loudoun County with 5,735 cases and 115 deaths. Statewide, there are 2,471 COVID-related fatalities throughout Virginia, and there are or have been 113,630 cases.

Outbreak Reported in West End

On Friday, the city also announced an outbreak at a West End church. The Alexandria Health Department issued an advisory for anyone who attended Kidane Mehret Church (75 S. Bragg Street) in the West End from August 14-17.

There have been 19 total outbreaks across the city since the pandemic started in Alexandria with the first reported case on March 11, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Those outbreaks have resulted in 288 associated COVID cases in the city, of which 244 are health care workers who have contracted the virus. Eleven outbreaks occurred at long term care facilities, six outbreaks occurred in congregate settings (including churches), and two occurred in educational settings.

Earlier this month, there was also a reported exposure to coronavirus that resulted in the closure of a summer camp at the Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center.

Latino Residents Most Impacted

Latino residents lead with 1,601 reported cases, followed by Black residents with 636 cases, white residents with 624 cases, Asian or Pacific Islander residents with 107 cases, 61 cases classified as “other” and three native American cases.

There are or have been 1,690 women (with 33 deaths) and 1,569 men (with 28 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus.

  • 80+     — 27 deaths, 110 cases
  • 70-79 — 18 deaths, 117 cases
  • 60-69 — Three deaths, 254 cases
  • 50-59 — 12 deaths, 427 cases
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 593 cases
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 747 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 588 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 235 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 188 cases

Testing Update

There have been 29,170 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows a 6% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 4,057 antibody tests in Alexandria.

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 ZIP codes, which include the West End and Arlandria, Potomac Yard and Potomac West neighborhoods.

Some of the areas share jurisdictions between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

  • 22301 — 115 cases, 2,257 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 333 cases, 4,270 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 1,002 cases, 8,843 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 710 cases, 3,905 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 605 cases, 4,426 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 834 cases, 5,263 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 313 cases, 5,470 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

Photo via CDC/Unsplash

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An Alexandria resident in their 50s reportedly died from COVID-19 over the weekend, marking the first death from the virus this month and putting the total death count at 57.

There are now or have been 2,735 cases of the virus in Alexandria, which is an increase of 176 cases since last Monday, July 20, according to the Virginia Department of Health. It had been nearly a month since the last reported fatality on June 29, and cases in the city surpassed the 2,500 mark on July 16 with 21 new cases.

The city is now advising residents to expect a phone call from the Alexandria Health Department if they had close contact with someone who is infected.

“Everyone must do their part to stop the spread: maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others, wear a mask, and carry and use hand sanitizer,” the city announced last Friday. “With a recent increase in cases, you are more likely to encounter someone who is infected. Be prepared to answer a call from the Alexandria Health Department in case you are identified as a close contact.”

There are now 2,082 COVID-related fatalities throughout Virginia, and there are or have been 86,072 cases.

Age and Sex Breakdown

There are or have been 1,408 women (with 30 deaths) and 1,319 men (with 27 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus.

  • 80+     — 25 deaths, 95 cases
  • 70-79 — 18 deaths, 107 cases
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 224 cases
  • 50-59 — 11 deaths, 342 cases
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 507 cases
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 629 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 461 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 205 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 154 cases
  • Missing — Eight cases not listed by age

There have been 21,054 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows a 5.6% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 3,369 antibody tests in Alexandria.

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 ZIP codes, which include the West End and Arlandria, Potomac Yard and Potomac West neighborhoods. The following data has not been updated since July 15 by VDH.

Some of the areas share jurisdictions between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

  • 22301 — 98 cases, 1,379 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 262 cases, 3,036 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 765 cases, 5,769 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 622 cases, 2,766 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 495 cases, 2,846 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 653 cases, 3,470 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 234 cases, 3,194 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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There are or have been 2,559 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria and the number of fatalities remains at 56. There have been no new deaths this month from the virus, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The number of coronavirus fatalities is a reduction of one from last week. There have been no new deaths this month and the last fatality was reported on June 29.

Cases in the city surpassed the 2,500 mark on July 16 with 21 new cases. The previous day, July 15, also saw 21 new cases.

There are now 2,031 COVID-related fatalities throughout Virginia, and there are or have been 78,375 cases.

Age and Sex Breakdown

There are or have been 1,327 women and 1,224 men in Alexandria with the virus.

  • 80+     — 25 deaths, 94 cases
  • 70-79 — 18 deaths, 102 cases
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 214 cases
  • 50-59 — 10 deaths, 325 cases
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 469 cases
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 587 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 422 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 192 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 143 cases
  • Missing — 11 cases not listed by age

There have been 18,992 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows a 5.1% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 3,103 antibody tests in Alexandria.

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 ZIP codes, which include the West End and Arlandria, Potomac Yard and Potomac West neighborhoods.

Some of the areas share jurisdictions between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

  • 22301 — 98 cases, 1,379 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 262 cases, 3,036 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 765 cases, 5,769 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 622 cases, 2,766 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 495 cases, 2,846 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 653 cases, 3,470 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 234 cases, 3,194 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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There are or have been 2,456 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria and there have been no new deaths this month.

The number of cases has trickled upward through July, and on July 10, 20 new cases were reported. The city is no longer providing COVID-19 updates on weekends, and since Friday there have been 17 new cases and fatalities remain at 57.

Additionally, the city recently created a map of COVID-19 testing sites, and continues to recommend that residents stay home and wear face masks when out in public.

“Everyone is safest at home,” the city said in a press release. “This is especially true for those in high-risk populations (such as older adults, persons living in long-term care facilities, and those with serious underlying medical conditions). If you must go out, please maintain 6 feet of distance from others, wear a cloth face covering, and always carry hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol with you. Everyone must do their part to stop the spread.”

There are now 1,968 coronavirus-related deaths in Virginia and there are or have been 71,642 cases statewide.

It is not clear how many city residents have recovered since the first case was announced on March 11. Senior citizens have been severely affected by the virus, and residents above the age of 50 make up all but one of the fatalities.

There have been 14 outbreaks in the city accounting for 244 associated cases, including 187 health care workers who have contracted the virus.

There have been 17,385 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows an 8.3% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 2,698 antibody tests performed in Alexandria.

Map via City of Alexandria

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There are now 57 reported coronavirus-related deaths in Alexandria, and there are now 2,317 cases in the city, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The most recent death was reported on Saturday, June 27, and six additional fatalities that occurred in April and May were officially added to the death count on Friday, June 26.

The news comes as the Commonwealth prepares to enter into Phase 3 of reopening on Wednesday (July 1), and the city is recommending that residents continue to stay home, wash their hands and remain social distances.

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

It is not clear how many residents have recovered since the first case was announced on March 11. Senior citizens have been severely affected by the virus, and residents above the age of 50 make up all but one of the fatalities.

In Alexandria, there are 1,184 females with the virus (with 30 deaths) and 1,127 males (with 27 deaths) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of six cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 25 deaths, 89 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 19 deaths, 101 cases, 38 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 197 cases, 44 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — 10 deaths, 301 cases, 48 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 429 cases, 37 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 537 cases, 30 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 359 cases, eight hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 166 cases, three hospitalizations
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 127 cases, two hospitalizations
  • Missing — 11 cases not listed by age

Statewide, there have been 1,740 reported deaths, and 1,635 of those deaths are confirmed as COVID-related, according to VDH. There are also 62,189 cases (59,522 confirmed) and 6,164 hospitalizations (including 36 probable cases).

Testing Update

There have been 14,874 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows a 5.7% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 2,273 antibody tests in Alexandria. Across Virginia, there have been 633,705 PCR tests administered with a seven-day positivity rate of 5.9% (and 68,305 antibody tests).

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304 and 22305 ZIP codes, which include the West End and Arlandria, Potomac Yard and Potomac West neighborhoods.

Some of the areas share jurisdictions between Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties:

  • 22301 — 86 cases, 995 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 244 cases, 2,479 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 685 cases, 4,417 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 590 cases, 2,269 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 445 cases, 2,356 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 586 cases, 2,742 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 208 cases, 2,295 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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There are now 2,236 cases of COVID-19, an increase of nine cases since yesterday, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The last fatality due to the virus was reported on Saturday and the death toll stands at 49.

The news comes as the city released Phase Three guidelines for reopening yesterday. Under the new rules, limits on social gathering will increase from 50 to 250 people; swimming pools will be allowed to open at 75% occupancy; gyms and fitness centers can open indoors at 75% capacity and recreation and entertainment venues can open at 50% capacity. Summer camps, however, will stay closed.

The city’s health department is also recommending that residents are safest at home.

“If you must leave home, you are required to wear a face covering when inside buildings,” the city advised in a release. “Please keep at least 6 feet of distance from others whenever possible. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

There are nine new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, and the numbers have steadily increased since the city entered into the second phase of reopening on June 12. There have been 108 new cases of the virus in the city since that date.

It is not clear how many residents have recovered since the first case was announced on March 11, and the latest fatality was reported on Saturday, June 20.

Here is a breakdown of new cases since Alexandria entered into Phase 2:

  • June 12 — Cases increase to 2,128
  • June 13 — Cases increase to 2,134
  • June 14 — Cases increase to 2,151
  • June 15 — Cases increase to 2,160
  • June 16 — Cases increase to 2,168
  • June 17 — Cases increase to 2,175
  • June 18 — Cases increase to 2,186
  • June 19 — Cases increase to 2,198
  • June 20 — Cases increase to 2,217 (Fatalities now at 49)
  • June 21 — Cases increase to 2,227
  • June 22 — Cases increase to 2,236

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

Senior citizens have been severely affected by the virus, and residents above the age of 50 make up all but one of the fatalities.

Statewide, there have been 1,620 reported deaths, and 1,517 of those deaths are confirmed as COVID-related, according to VDH. There are also now 58,465 cases (55,949 confirmed) and 5,869 hospitalizations (including 32 probable cases).

In Alexandria, there are 1,144 females with the virus (with 27 deaths) and 1,083 males (with 22 deaths) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of nine cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 22 deaths, 86 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 15 deaths, 100 cases, 37 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 190 cases, 44 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Nine deaths, 293 cases, 47 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 413 cases, 35 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 524 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 338 cases, seven hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 159 cases, three hospitalizations
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 122 cases, two hospitalizations
  • Missing — 11 cases not listed by age

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The number of coronavirus patients being treated at Inova Alexandria Hospital is now in the 20s — a far cry from the more than 90 patients at the facility during the peak of the virus.

Still, that doesn’t mean residents should throw caution into the wind, hospital President Dr. Rina Bansal told ALXnow.

“We are in the new normal right so like you said, visitation is not back to normal but in terms of the provision of medical services, we really are striving to be up and running and fully functional,” Bansal said. “I am encouraging people to not be scared of going back to the doctors or to their clinics or to the hospital, and not putting off things that need to be taken care of, because they’re fearful of COVID.”

The Inova Health Care system is now offering free telemedicine and screening through its Inova Cares Clinic for Families at 4700 King Street.

There are now 2,186 cases and 48 fatalities due to COVID-19 in Alexandria, and while the number of cases continues to increase, the spread of the virus has slowed dramatically over the course of the last month, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

“Now that Northern Virginia is in Phase Two of the Forward Virginia blueprint, it is important to note that there is still community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 and everyone is safest at home,” to city said in a news release. “This is especially true for persons at higher risk for severe illness, including those over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions.”

Bansal advised that residents should continue washing their hands, socially distancing and wearing face masks.

“I don’t think that message is going to change until there’s a vaccine out there,” she said.

Staff photo by James Cullum

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Recreation Centers Opening With Modified Schedule June 20 — “These changes are in place to follow the second phase of reopening. Senior-only hours will be introduced to help protect vulnerable persons on the community while providing an opportunity for exercise.” [Zebra]

Scholarship Fund Honoring Awardees With Individualized Social Media Posts — “We’ll be profiling a student each day this week…as they share their joy and gratitude with the Alexandria Community!” [Facebook]

Center for Alexandria’s Children Receives Face Mask Donation — “We received another donation of 100 adult masks and 100 children’s masks for our Learn & PlayGroup families! We are so grateful to Brooksie & Cas and Jenna Adams for investing so much time and energy into making so many great masks.” [Facebook]

Deal: Rent a Pedego Electric Bike, Get Second Rental Half Off — “Pedego Electric Bikes has the perfect solution for cabin fever. Rent one bike and get the second rental 50% off. Enjoy the outdoors, flowers and sunshine with the safest bikes and equipment from Pedego. This offer will be available until further notice.” [Visit Alexandria]

New Job: HR/Office Manager — “Small but busy security company in need of an experienced HR professional who can really multitask. Candidate should be comfortable screening, interviewing and on-boarding applicants.” [Indeed]

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