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Alexandria, Fairfax County and Arlington now have low Covid transmission levels, according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s last update on community levels was on Feb. 25. The Virginia Department of Health still lists the city’s transmission rate as high, although the categorization has not been updated since Feb. 19. Alexandria has experienced high transmission since December.

There are 29,434 total reported cases in Alexandria, an increase of 130 cases since last week. There have been four more COVID-related deaths, bringing the death toll in the city to 184.

There have been 1,227 new Covid cases in February — a far cry from January, which saw a record-setting 12,822 positive cases.

The seven day average of new cases is now 20, down from 29 last week, and the seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now 5.7%, down from 6.5%.

Alexandria City Public Schools reports a total of 582 cases since December 1 (up 10 cases since last week), although the number of infected staff and students adds up to 599.

Vaccine stats

  • There are 25,161 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 75% of residents (116,047 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 84% (128,719 people) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • 126,478 residents have gotten booster shots

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

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The rapid decline in Covid cases continues in Alexandria, but the transmission level remains high, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There were 14 were cases of COVID-19 reported in the city today, according to VDH. That’s the lowest number of new daily cases since November 29, 2021, when 13 cases were reported.

The latest numbers

Alexandria saw a record-setting 12,822 positive COVID cases in January, and cases have dropped drastically over the last five consecutive weeks. This month, there have been 1,132 new cases.

There have been four more COVID-related deaths, bringing the death toll to 180.

There have been 29,434  total reported cases in Alexandria, an increase of 130 cases since last week. The seven day average of new cases is now 29, down from 77 last week. The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now 6.5%, down from 12.4% last week.

Additionally, Alexandria City Public Schools reports a total of 572 cases since December 1, although the number of infected staff and students adds up to 589.

The Alexandria Health Department is also recommending a fourth shot for immunocompromised residents who have received a booster shot.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released interim guidance clarifying that people with a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) who received an mRNA vaccine from Moderna and Pfizer should receive a COVID-19 booster dose three months after they complete their initial series of three doses, for a total of four doses,” AHD said in a release. “For immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, additional doses are strongly recommended.”

Vaccine stats

  • There are 25,417 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 75% of residents (115,700 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 84% (128,463 people) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • 56,208 residents have gotten booster shots

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

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Staying home is a good defense against Covid, but what if your home is full of mold? The Alexandria Health Department is recruiting 50 city residents with respiratory issues to participate in a free air quality pilot study, and is offering them $100 in gift cards.

The Alexandria Air Cleaning Evaluation for Healthier Homes pilot is based on the premise that many residents in underserved areas live in conditions that “actively harm their well-being.”

“The biggest piece of public health advice during COVID is to stay home,” Natalie Talis, AHD population health manager, told ALXnow. ” More and more Alexandrians have been spending more time at home because of that, but for many residents home can actually harm their health.”

Participants need to make less than $80,000 a year, have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have WiFi, and agree to before-and-after home health assessments by the Health Department. After being chosen, entrants will get air quality monitors and portable Medify Air filters installed in their homes for six months, starting in March.

“Even before COVID happened, we knew that your home can impact your health, between air quality, trip hazards, inaccessibility, rodents and pests and mold — these are not new things in Alexandria,” Talis said.  “For people who have asthma, or COPD, things like mold or poor ventilation can really trigger those flare-ups, which could lead to those preventable urgent care or emergency room visits, as well as impacting their quality of life, forcing them to stay home from activities away from work or school.”

Talis said that the pilot is part of a broader effort to make home conditions healthier in poorer neighborhoods around the city.

“The goal is to have data and information about whether an intervention like this can really impact people’s health conditions,” she said. “While this program is specifically focused on respiratory health, the long-term goal is to also address the many other conditions and issues that are related to your home. For example, you know, how are we going to support aging and helping to make sure that homes are accessible for people who may have disabilities or who may need extra modifications in their home?”

In last year’s Community Health Improvement Plan 2025, AHD found the average life expectancy in the city’s heavily Hispanic Arlandria neighborhood is 78, while more affluent areas like Old Town have a life expectancy of 87. Talis also said recent data showed Black residents living in 22304 (in the Landmark area) are disproportionately experiencing higher rates of asthma hospitalizations compared to other members of the community.

According to the Healthy Housing In Alexandria report:

  • More than 70% of Alexandria’s housing stock was built prior to 1990 (many asbestos regulations did not go into effect until 1985), more than 60% was built before 1980 (lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978), and nearly 20% was built before 1950, which means the housing may contain asbestos as well as lead (in paint, pipes, and fixtures) and may not have many of the energy, health, and safety measures commonly employed now.
  • A snapshot of the City’s health available via the 2021 County Healthy Rankings indicates 17% of its housing suffers from severe housing problems; i.e., at least one of the following four issues: overcrowding, high housing costs, lack of kitchen facilities, or lack of plumbing facilities.12 Of those four issues, high housing costs and overcrowding are the most prevalent in Alexandria; according to the American Community Survey, only 348 units lack kitchens and 143 units lack flush toilets.
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Regardless of a reporting inaccuracy by the Virginia Department of Health, Alexandria’s Covid numbers are still going down.

VDH identified 220 cases that were “inaccurately auto-generated duplicated in the case reporting system,” which is why there were 19 cases reported on Feb. 6, 20 cases on Feb. 7 and 43 cases on Feb. 8 — all sharp contrasts to the hundreds of daily cases being reported the previous week. Additionally, three deaths from January were also added to the city’s death toll, which now stands at 176.

“These cases have been removed from Alexandria’s total case numbers, causing the case counts on February 6-8 to appear artificially low on Virginia Department of Health and City of Alexandria dashboards,” according to the Alexandria Health Department.

There have been 29,204 total reported cases in Alexandria, an increase of 366 cases since this time last week. The seven day average of daily new cases is now 52, down from 77 last week.

There is one set of numbers unaffected by the inaccuracy is the seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests, which is is also significantly down — now 8.8%, down from 12.4% last week and 15.7% two weeks ago.

There have also been 538 cases reported within Alexandria City Public Schools since Dec. 1, an increase of 32 cases since last week. Of those cases, 460 are students and 92 are staff.

Every locality in Virginia is now experiencing high transmission. Alexandria went from “Substantial” to “High” transmission in December.

There are high transmission rates in every locality in Virginia. (Via VDH)

Vaccine stats

  • There are 25,964 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 75% of residents (115,078 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 83% (127,916 people) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • 55,535 residents have gotten booster shots

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

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Covid cases continue to recede in Alexandria for the fourth straight week, and local pharmacies are now giving out free adult N95 face masks as part of a new federal program.

There were also seven news deaths reported since this time last week, bringing the death toll from the virus to 172.

The new face masks can be found at the same pharmacies that provide free COVID-19 vaccines, according to the Alexandria Health Department.

There have been 28,838 total reported cases in Alexandria, an increase of 536 cases since this time last week. The seven day average of daily new cases is now 77, down from 84.5 this time last week. The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now 12.4%, down from 15.7% last week.

The city’s transmission rate went from “Substantial” to “High” in December.

Fluctuating ACPS numbers

There have also been 506 cases reported within Alexandria City Public Schools since Dec. 1, of which 434 are children and 85 are staff, although the numbers listed on the school system’s new dashboard have proved unreliable.

  • Last week the dashboard listed 523 cases systemwide with 202 student infections and 46 infected staffers since Dec. 1
  • Two weeks ago, ACPS reported 930 cases since Dec. 1, with 288 infected children and 620 infected staffers

Vaccine stats

  • There are 26,907 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 74% of residents (114,195 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 83% (126,973) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • As of Feb. 4, 53,396 residents have gotten a booster shot

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

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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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Alexandria’s Covid numbers are still going down for the second straight week. The city has experienced 8,873 cases in January, making it one of the worst months since the beginning of the pandemic nearly two years ago.

There have been 27,353 total cases in Alexandria, an increase of 1,467 cases since this time last week. There have also been 8,873 cases reported in Alexandria so far this month, including 930 cases reported within Alexandria City Public Schools since Dec. 1, of which 288 are children and 620 are staff.

The number of deaths has climbed by two since last week to 165.

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

By the numbers

  • The seven day average of daily new cases is now 208, down from 337 this time last week
  • The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now 21.7%, down from 27.4% last week

Vaccine stats

  • There are 28,503 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 70% of residents (107,389 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 82% (125,965) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • As of last week, 44,419 residents have gotten a booster shot (current numbers not available on VDH website)

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

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The number of COVID infections in Alexandria continues to rise at an alarming rate, as the number of reported infections has reached 23,325, an increase of nearly 2,500 cases in less than a week. In the meantime, staff at Inova Alexandria Hospital are seeing hospitalizations rise to 2020.

“The staff is working overtime,” Inova Alexandria Hospital President Dr. Rina Bansal told ALXnow. “We’re making sure that they’re not working overtime to the extent where it compromises their safety or patient safety.”

There are about 20 patients in the hospital seeking treatment for COVID-19, according to the Virginia Department of Health.  The number of fatalities due to the virus remains at 161, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Visitation is also restricted at the hospital, although patients are allowed into the facility with a companion — just like the visitation policy that was in place at the beginning of the pandemic. Consequently, Bansal is asking that residents not come to the hospital unless they specifically need hospital-based treatment.

“Clinically we’re much more comfortable in managing the disease itself,” Bansal said. “At this point, we have almost two years of experience under our belt.”

By the numbers

  • The seven day average of daily new cases is now 475.7, up from 399 last week
  • The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now 30.9%, up from 28.6% last week

Vaccine stats

  • There are 29,495 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 69% of residents (106,456 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 81% (124,385) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • 42,506 residents have gotten a booster shot

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

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Alexandria surged past 20,000 new cases of COVID-19 going into the New Year, and on Sunday (Jan. 2) set yet another single-day record for the most reported cases ever.

COVID-19 peaked in Alexandria on Sunday with 1,040 newly reported cases, according to the Virginia Department of Health. As of today (Tuesday, Jan. 4) there have been 20,875 reported cases, which is more than 3,000 within the last week.

There have also been four more deaths, bringing the death toll from the virus to 161.

By the numbers

  • The seven day average of daily new cases is now 399, up from 248 last week
  • The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now 28.6%, up from 13.3% last week
  • There are 20 infections currently being treated at Inova Alexandria Hospital

Vaccine stats

  • There are 30,233 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 69% of residents (106,155 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 80% (123,647) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • 40,594 residents have gotten a booster shot

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

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Alexandria set a new record of COVID infections on Christmas Day (Saturday, Dec. 25), according to the Virginia Department of Health. That beats the last single-day record of 316 cases, which was set just two days before.

As of today (Monday, Dec. 27), there have been 17,814 reported cases of the coronavirus in Alexandria, which is more than 1,700 new cases since this time last week. The number of deaths from the virus remains at 157.

By the numbers

  • The seven day average of daily new cases is now 248, up from 111
  • The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now 13.3%, up from 7.2%
  • COVID-related hospitalizations in the city remain low, with eight infections treated in the hospital in the past week

Alexandria transmission rate went from “Substantial” to “High” at the end of November, and sharply rising numbers even prompted the cancellation of Alexandria’s New Year’s Eve celebration — although the fireworks show over the Potomac River is still on for the stroke of midnight.

Just as with Thanksgiving, the Alexandria Health Department recommends avoiding crowds, getting COVID-tested three-to-five days after returning from the winter holiday and get vaccinated.

Vaccine stats

  • There are 32,189 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 69% of residents (105,713 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 80% (122,618) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • About 58% (10,179) of the city’s 5-17-year-olds are fully vaccinated
  • 38,558 residents have gotten a booster shot

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

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