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Alexandria health director reflects on sudden retirement, tenure with city — “When Dr. Stephen Haering, director of the Alexandria Health Department for the past 11 years, unexpectedly announced his retirement on April 9, he did so for what he called ‘deeply personal’ reasons. Haering, whose retirement was effective immediately according to a city news release, told the Times in an interview that his departure was ‘not associated with the pandemic response.'” [Alex Times]

Vaccination drive brings a dose of hope for restaurant workers — “More than 1,000 restaurant and small business employees have filed through the doors of the old Fireflies restaurant over the past few weeks with the same purpose: receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. The location’s current vacancy made this the perfect site to administer such a large number of shots, Bill Blackburn, restaurateur and co-owner of Homegrown Restaurant Group, said. Blackburn joined forces with community organizer Charlotte Hall and Scott Shaw of Alexandria Restaurant Partners – who donated the space – to orchestrate the Alexandria Restaurant Drive whereby restaurant workers could receive vaccinations in a streamlined way.” [Alex Times]

Bren Mar Park demolition project to begin — “Demolition work will begin at Bren Mar Park on Collier Lane and Edsall Road in Alexandria, Virginia, as the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) removes a home on the property.” [Fairfax County]

Reimagined ‘Taste Of Old Town North’ to be held over 2 months — “The Reimagined Taste of Old Town North will start on April 21 and will continue through June 21. During the two-month period, residents can purchase a Taste Passport for $10 to use at participating businesses. These businesses will offer discounts to Passport holders.” [Patch]

Today’s weather — “Intervals of clouds and sunshine (during the day). High 63F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph… A few clouds from time to time (in the evening). Low 44F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Taekwondo instructors and camp counselors — “Our growing company is currently seeking motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are GREAT with people to join our team at multiple locations. Our programs include martial arts classes for all ages, as well as After-school & Summer Camp programs for children 6-12 years old. Work hours tend to fall in the afternoons, evenings and Saturday mornings. This is a part-time position that can lead to a full-time position with excellent opportunity for advancement.” [Indeed]

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Following new concerns about potential side effects, Alexandria and statewide health administrations are pausing all planned Johnson & Johnson vaccinations.

The news comes after the CDC and the FDA released a recommendation to stop using the vaccine after six patients reportedly developed a rare and severe type of blood clot.

According to the Alexandria Health Department:

Based on federal and state guidance, Alexandria Health Department and other vaccinating providers in Virginia are pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines immediately. Individuals with existing appointments will be contacted to either reschedule their appointment or receive a vaccine from a different manufacturer, based on available supplies. Updates will be shared as they become available.

The city recently moved into Phase 2 of vaccination efforts and aims to vaccinate at least 80% of the city’s adult population. Currently 20% (30,975 residents) are fully vaccinated and 1/3 are partially vaccinated (53,757 residents).

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Alexandria will get 11,110 COVID-19 vaccine doses this week, according to the Alexandria Health Department.

“This does not include additional vaccine supplies from federal programs provided directly to participating pharmacies and Alexandria’s federally qualified health center, Neighborhood Health,” according to AHD.

Residents are encouraged to pre-register with the city to get on the vaccine waitlist at alexandriava.gov/Vaccines or call 703-746-4988 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To date, 130 city residents have died of COVID-19, and 11,277 have contracted the virus, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That’s 200 more cases since this time last week, and the city’s seven-day moving average is now 33.

Across Virginia, there have been 10,360 deaths and there are or have been 635,552 cases of the virus. There have also been 6.7 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 6.1%.

Vaccine Update

According to VDH, 51,948 residents have gotten at least one shot and 29,412 residents have been fully vaccinated. There are now about 20,000 residents on the waiting list.

White residents far outpace other races in the city for first doses and full vaccinations.

  • White — 14,342 first doses, 9,727 fully vaccinated
  • Latino — 5,438 first doses, 2,741 fully vaccinated
  • Black — 3,243 first doses, 2,001 fully vaccinated
  • Other — 2,784 first doses, 1,866 fully vaccinated
  • Asian of Pacific Islander — 1,206 first doses, 659 fully vaccinated
  • Native American — 157 first doses, 73 fully vaccinated

Women have received 29,928 first doses and 15,080 have gotten their second shot, while 21,966 men have received their first doses and 11,941 have been fully vaccinated.The following age groups received their vaccinations:

  • 80+    — 2,967 got one dose, 2,392 fully vaccinated
  • 70-79 — 6,795 got one dose, 5,490 fully vaccinated
  • 60-69 — 8,916 got one dose, 5,840 fully vaccinated
  • 50-59 — 8,410 got one dose, 4,099 fully vaccinated
  • 40-49 — 8,686 got one dose, 4,245 fully vaccinated
  • 30-39 — 10,476 got one dose, 4,888 fully vaccinated
  • 20-29 — 4,999 got one dose, 2,262 fully vaccinated
  • 10-19  — 778 got one dose, 224 fully vaccinated
  • 0-9     — No Vaccines distributed

Demographics

There are or have been 5,839 women (with 62 deaths) and 5,383 men (with 68 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 54 deaths, 272 cases
  • 70-79 — 33 deaths, 356 cases
  • 60-69 — 20 deaths, 845 cases
  • 50-59 — 15 deaths, 1,342 cases
  • 40-49 — Four deaths, 1,884 cases
  • 30-39 — Three deaths, 2,603 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 2,287 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 845 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 820 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 3,703 reported cases (19 deaths), white residents with 2,950 cases (63 deaths), and Black residents with 2,403 cases (39 deaths). There are 562 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (five deaths), 378 cases classified as “other” (two deaths) and 12 native American cases (no deaths).

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There’s a line nowadays that snakes around the corner from the old Pet Valu store at 3819 Mount Vernon Avenue in Arlandria. The store has been repurposed as a vaccine site for Neighborhood Health, which has given away more than 16,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to low income and mostly minority residents.

“We have provided 16,000 vaccines between all the sites, and 85% of them have been to people of color,” Neighborhood Health Executive Director Dr. Basim Khan told ALXnow. “We’ve ramped it up over time since we started. So at this point we’re at 5,000 vaccines a week.”

There are three Neighborhood Health vaccine sites in the city, at Alfred Street Baptist Church, Virginia Theological Seminary and on Mount Vernon Avenue. There are also sites near Seven Corners, at Macedonia Baptist Church in south Arlington and along Route 1 in Fairfax County.

“With minorities being vaccinated at much lower rates than white residents, we set up a program to address this issue to increase equity in the vaccine rollout,” Khan said. “Our focus is with the underserved communities that we’re trying to reach with the goal of preserving access for our own low income patients, because as you know our patients are predominantly low income, uninsured immigrant people of color.”

The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership was able to work with the landlord of the Arlandria storefront to provide the space to Neighborhood Health rent-free. Vaccines are provided by the city of Alexandria and Fairfax County, as well as the federal government, since the nonprofit is a federally qualified health center.

“Initially, our goal was to do 2,000 vaccines per week,” Khan said. “It seemed like a monumental task, but as you see we’re at 5,000 a week now, because obviously the demand is there. There is no waiting list and we will continue until the job is done.”

Courtesy photo/Mark Haney

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Two more Alexandrians have died of COVID-19 and the death toll from the virus now stands at 128.

The latest fatalities were in their 80s and 60s.

Alexandria’s caseload now stands at 10,592, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That’s 136 more cases since this time last week.

There have also been 521 total hospitalizations in Alexandria since the onset of the pandemic, and the city’s seven-day moving average is now 17.9 cases, which is up from last Monday’s total of 16.7 cases.

Across Virginia, there have been 10,060 deaths and there are or have been 595,865 cases of the virus. There have also been 6.2 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 5.4% (down from 6.2% this time last week).

Vaccine Update

VDH is now releasing vaccine demographic data for Alexandria, and 27,107 residents have received at least one dose and 16,878 have been fully vaccinated. There are now more than 45,000 city residents on the vaccine waiting list.

The city wants 80% of residents ages 16 and older (106,618 people) vaccinated by July 31. Residents can pre-register with the city to get the vaccine here.

White residents far outpace other races in the city for first doses and full vaccinations.

  • White — 8,743 first doses, 5,468 fully vaccinated
  • Black — 2,129 first doses, 1,115 fully vaccinated
  • Latino — 2,407 first doses, 1,303 fully vaccinated
  • Other — 1,775 first doses, 1,182 fully vaccinated
  • Asian of Pacific Islander — 636 first doses, 316 fully vaccinated
  • Native American — 66 first doses, 24 fully vaccinated

Women have received 16,631 first doses and 10,618 have gotten their second shot, while 10,476 men have received their first doses and nearly 6,260 have been fully vaccinated.The following age groups received their vaccinations:

  • 80+    — 2,679 got one dose, 2,097 fully vaccinated
  • 70-79 — 5,893 got one dose, 3,969 fully vaccinated
  • 60-69 — 5,810 got one dose, 3,083 fully vaccinated
  • 50-59 — 3,458 got one dose, 1,976 fully vaccinated
  • 40-49 — 3,487 got one dose, 2,098 fully vaccinated
  • 30-39 — 3,824 got one dose, 2,447 fully vaccinated
  • 20-29 — 1,816 got one dose, 1,146 fully vaccinated
  • 10-19  — 180 got one dose, 83 fully vaccinated
  • 0-9     — No Vaccines distributed

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There have been seven more coronavirus-related deaths in Alexandria, bringing the death toll from the virus to 126.

Alexandria’s caseload now stands at 10,456. That’s 114 more cases since this time last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There have also been 514 total hospitalizations in Alexandria since the onset of the pandemic, and the city’s seven-day moving average is now 16.7, which is down from last Monday’s total of 22.4 cases.

Across Virginia, there have been 9,683 deaths and there are or have been 586,592 cases of the virus. There have also been 6.04 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 6.2% (down from 7.1% this time last week).

Vaccine Update

VDH is now releasing vaccine demographic data for Alexandria, and 20,317 residents have received at least one dose and 13,004 have been fully vaccinated. There are now more than 45,000 city residents on the vaccine waiting list.

The city now aims to have 80% of residents ages 16 and older (106,618 people) vaccinated by July 31.

White residents far outpace other races in the city for first doses and full vaccinations.

  • White — 6,942 first doses, 4,104 fully vaccinated
  • Black — 1,845 first doses, 877 fully vaccinated
  • Latino — 1,944 first doses, 940 fully vaccinated
  • Other — 1,506 first doses, 841 fully vaccinated
  • Asian of Pacific Islander — 532 first doses, 257 fully vaccinated
  • Native American — 49 first doses, 16 fully vaccinated

Women have received 13,670 first doses and 6,766 have gotten their second shot, while 8,251 men have received their first doses and nearly 4,000 have been fully vaccinated.The following age groups received their vaccinations:

  • 80+    — 2,557 got one dose, 1,852 fully vaccinated
  • 70-79 — 5,215 got one dose, 2,823 fully vaccinated
  • 60-69 — 4,456 got one dose, 1,761 fully vaccinated
  • 50-59 — 2,500 got one dose, 1,375 fully vaccinated
  • 40-49 — 2,641 got one dose, 1,586 fully vaccinated
  • 30-39 — 2,949 got one dose, 1,948 fully vaccinated
  • 20-29 — 1,508 got one dose, 923 fully vaccinated
  • 10-19  — 129 got one dose, 53 fully vaccinated
  • 0-9     — No Vaccines distributed

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There have been 12 more coronavirus-related deaths in Alexandria, bringing the death toll from the virus to 119.

Six of the deaths were residents in their 80s, four were in their 70s and two were in their 60s. Five victims were women and seven were men.

Alexandria’s caseload now stands at 10,342. That’s 146 more cases since this time last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There have also been 509 total hospitalizations in Alexandria since the onset of the pandemic, and the city’s seven-day moving average is now at 22.4, which is down from last Monday’s total of 26.6 cases.

Across Virginia, there have been 8,783 deaths and there are or have been 577,174 cases of the virus. There have also been 5.9 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 7.1% (down from 8.1% this time last week).

Vaccine Update

VDH is now releasing vaccine demographic data for Alexandria, and 20,317 residents have received at least one dose and 13,004 have been fully vaccinated. There are now more than 45,000 city residents on the vaccine waiting list.

White residents far outpace other races in the city for first doses and full vaccinations.

  • White — 6,942 first doses, 3,493 fully vaccinated
  • Black — 1,723 first doses, 1747 fully vaccinated
  • Latino — 1,684 first doses, 809 fully vaccinated
  • Other — 1,416 first doses, 667 fully vaccinated
  • Asian of Pacific Islander — 505 first doses, 234 fully vaccinated
  • Native American — 45 first doses, 13 fully vaccinated

“Some of the disproportionality among people of color compared to white populations may be due to the current vaccination focus on older adults,” reported the Alexandria Health Department. “In addition to  AHD’s equitable vaccine prioritization process, AHD will use this data to reinforce existing engagement efforts, such as partnering with communities of color, to raise awareness about vaccine safety and effectiveness, and how to pre-register and how to obtain COVID-19 vaccination.” Read More

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There have been three more coronavirus-related deaths in Alexandria, and the case count has reached 10,186, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That’s 149 cases since Monday, continuing a downward trend in cases. Two of the deaths were in their 80s and one was in their 60s. One victim was a woman and two were men.

There have also been 503 total hospitalizations in Alexandria since the onset of the pandemic, and the city’s seven-day moving average is now at 26.6, which is down from last Monday’s total of 37.4 cases.

Across Virginia, there have been 7,486 deaths and there are or have been 565,270 cases of the virus. There have also been 5.7 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 8.1%.

Vaccine Update

As of last Friday, 17,099 residents have received at least one dose and 5,799 residents have been fully vaccinated. More than 35,000 city residents have pre-registered to get the vaccine.

According to the Alexandria Health Department:

Between February 12 and February 18, AHD administered 1,192 first doses and 792 second doses. These numbers do not include vaccines administered by private providers and pharmacies. This week’s inclement weather forced rescheduled events, delayed vaccine shipments, and resulted in lower than expected weekly total of vaccinations. Alexandria continues to receive under 2,000 first doses a week, with about half going to AHD events and half going to private provider partners.

Across Virginia, 1.1 million people have received at least one dose, and 481,287 people have been fully vaccinated, according to VDH.

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Morning Notes

Beyer Wants Federal Employees to Get Vaccine — “Our region has the largest concentration of federal employees. Many qualify as essential workers with local jurisdictions responsible for vaccinations. We’re asking the federal government to vaccinate feds via a separate federalized allocation to speed up vaccinations in the DMV.” [Twitter]

Alexandria Vaccinates 20,000 Residents — “On a hopeful note, Alexandria also hit the milestone this week of more than 20,000 residents vaccinated. AHD and private providers continue to vaccinate and work to schedule the tens of thousands of residents who pre-registered for vaccines.” [City of Alexandria]

45,000 Pre-Registered for COVID-19 Vaccine in Alexandria — “As of this writing, 45,000 residents are pre-registered for the shot in Phase 1b. Because of the limited supply – 2,000 doses per week – the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) has had to prioritize within a group that includes tens of thousands of residents.” [Zebra]

ALIVE! Free Food Distribution on Saturday — “On Sat, Feb 20, 8:30-10:30am, @ALIVE4AlexVA will distribute food in Cora Kelly Elem School parking lot and parking lot B-1 of NOVA-Alexandria Campus (map at alive-inc.org, if college closes due to weather, distribution cancelled).” [Twitter]

Final Touches Being Made to Institute for Defense Analyses at Potomac Yard — “One step closer to moving into our new state-of-the-art facility in the high-tech #PotomacYard community of @AlexandriaVAGov! Windows are being installed as construction continues to progress.” [Twitter]

Today’s Weather — “Mainly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. Some mixed winter precipitation possible. High around 40F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch… Partly cloudy skies (in the evening). Low 24F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.” [Weather.com]

New Job: Termite Inspector/Salesman — “Moxie is seeking experienced/driven sales professionals who can join our team to help us grow our loyal customer base.” [Indeed]

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Alexandria are at 10,037, and the number of deaths is 104.

That’s 293 cases more since this timer last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Across Virginia, there have been 7,037 deaths and there are or have been 553,308 cases of the virus. There have also been 5.6 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 9.1%.

Vaccine Update

There are more than 35,000 city residents on the waiting list to get the vaccine.

According to the city:

Currently, residents ages 65 and over and frontline essential workers are eligible. When contacted by phone, the number will likely show up as 703-746-4988 and people will be called three times; a voicemail will be left if no one answers. Emails will come from [email protected], and may end up in spam folders, so check frequently.

As of last Friday, there have been 11,141 first doses and 2,898 second doses of the vaccine administered by the Alexandria Health Department around the city.

There have been more than 1.6 million doses of the vaccine distributed across Virginia, and 171,077 people have been fully vaccinated, according to VDH.

Demographics

There are or have been 5,063 women (with 50 deaths) and 4,624 men (with 54 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus*. The only age groups that have not experienced a death are children and teenagers.
*One death not reported

  • 80+    — 43 deaths, 250 cases
  • 70-79 — 27 deaths, 328 cases
  • 60-69 — 15 deaths, 753 cases
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 1,189 cases
  • 40-49 — Two deaths, 1,699 cases
  • 30-39 — Two deaths, 2,335 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 2,007 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 736 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 713 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 3,460 reported cases (17 deaths), white residents with 2,515 cases (54 deaths), and Black residents with 2,056 cases (26 deaths). There are 454 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (four deaths), 304 cases classified as “other” (two deaths) and 10 native American cases (no deaths).

There have also been 84 outbreaks in the city, including 19 at long term care facilities, 45 in congregate settings, five at health care settings, nine in child care settings, two at a college, two in a K-12 setting and two at a correctional facility. There have been 869 cases associated with the outbreaks. Health care workers also make up 562 of those positive COVID cases, according to VDH.

There have also been 497 total hospitalizations in Alexandria since the onset of the pandemic, and the city’s seven-day moving average is now at 37.4, which is down from last Monday’s total of 42.1 cases.

Testing Update

There have been 116,893 2,618 Polymer Chain Reaction (PCR) tests administered in the city; 6,670 antibody tests and 11,578 antigen tests.

Alexandria’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 8.2%. Below are statistics for neighboring jurisdictions:

  • Arlington County has 12,653 cases, 210 deaths and a 6.2% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 64,950 cases, 849 deaths and a 8.7% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 22,310 cases, 195 deaths and a 9.8% seven-day positivity rate

Need a test? Find where tests are administered here.

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 — 508 cases, 10,792 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 1,1119 cases, 19,076 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 3,346 cases, 34,494 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 1,485 cases, 12,534 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 1,630 cases, 14,030 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 2,446 cases, 18,818 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 1,437 cases, 25,967 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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