Alexandria seniors can now get free transportation from Alexandria Yellow Cab to get their COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot.
“The City’s Division of Aging and Adult Services is coordinating transportation for City of Alexandria residents to and from vaccination sites in or outside of Alexandria,” the City reports. “Individuals do not need to be signed up for Senior Taxi for this service.”
VDH says that unvaccinated Virginians make up a majority of new cases. So far, 93,630 residents have been fully vaccinated and 105,859 residents have been partially vaccinated. More than 68% of residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated, and so have nearly 80% of seniors.
Seniors are allowed to bring a companion with them, and are asked to make a vaccination appointment by calling 703-746-5999 at least two days in advance.
COVID-19 by the numbers
In the meantime, the cases in Alexandria have climbed to 13,938, an increase of 177 cases since this time last week. The death toll remains at 148.
There has been no change in the 20 cases reported in Alexandria City Public Schools in October. There were also 64 cases reported last month in ACPS.
The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases for every 100,000 people is 15.8, which is up from 13.9 last week. There have been just over 200 cases reported in the last two weeks, and the seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is 3%, according to the the Virginia Department of Health.
Alexandria has experienced high transmission for more than a month, while Manassas Park and Fairfax City are seeing moderate transmission, and Arlington, Fairfax County and Kings and Queens County have moved from high to “substantial” transmission.
The Alexandria Health Department also recommends that pregnant women get vaccinated.
There have been four more deaths in Alexandria due to COVID-19 since last week, bringing the death toll from the virus to 148.
In the meantime, Alexandria was praised last week by Governor Ralph Northam for having the highest vaccination rate among teens in Virginia. The city is also currently preparing to provide vaccines for children under the age of 12.
The number of reported cases has climbed to 13,761, an increase of 176 cases since this time last week. There have also been 20 cases reported in Alexandria City Public Schools in October and 64 cases reported last month.
“More than 95% of Alexandria’s 12-17 year-olds have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine,” the city reported. “In anticipation of vaccine authorization for the 5-11 age group, Alexandria Health Department is working closely with Alexandria City Public Schools; private schools; pharmacies; and private providers, including pediatrician offices, to ensure equitable access to vaccines and proactive education for families.”
While the city’s transmission rate remains high, recent VDH data shows that cases are going down. The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases for every 100,000 people is 13.9, which is down from 16.7 last week. There have been just over 200 cases reported in the last two weeks, and the seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is 2.9%, according to the the Virginia Department of Health.
Manassas Park and Fairfax City, with moderate transmission, are the only localities in Virginia not experiencing a high transmission rate.
VDH says that unvaccinated Virginians make up a majority of new cases. So far, 92,946 residents have been fully vaccinated and 105,130 residents have been partially vaccinated. More than 67% of residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated, and so have 79% of seniors.
The Alexandria Health Department also recommends that pregnant women get vaccinated.
Earlier this week, @GovernorVA recognized the extraordinarily high vaccination rate for young people in Alexandria.
Our teens have led the way in putting this pandemic behind us and we eagerly await permission to begin vaccinating those under 12!https://t.co/46Csg8gVY6
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) September 29, 2021
The Alexandria Health Department, over the weekend, started distributing Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots.
While the boosters for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines are yet to be approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the city is also recommending that residents also get a flu shot at the same time.
“Many pharmacies around Alexandria are now offering both Pfizer COVID-19 boosters and the flu shot, including the high-dose flu shot for seniors,” AHD advised. “Consider getting both during the same visit to protect against COVID-19 and the flu.”
The City is hosting a free flu shot clinic on October 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Francis C. Hammond Middle School.
“Flu shots will be available at no cost, and proof of residency or insurance will not be required,” the city said in a release. “The higher dose version of the flu shot for seniors will not be available at the clinic, but may be available through a pharmacy or healthcare provider.”
Guidance on booster shots
The Alexandria Health Department released the following recommendations on boosters, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series
- People aged 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series
- People aged 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks
- People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
For now, those who received Data for those decisions is expected in the next several weeks. Alexandria Health Department will begin offering Pfizer boosters to those meeting the above criteria by appointment only on Saturday, September 25. Book online at alexandriava.gov/Vaccines to schedule or to find additional date options.
The death toll due to the virus now stands at 144. There are now 13,585 reported cases of the virus since the pandemic started in March 2020. There has also been no change in the 64 cases reported last week in Alexandria City Public Schools since the beginning of the month.
The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases for every 100,000 people stands at 16.7, and Alexandria’s seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests remains at 3.0%, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
There has also been no change in the 64 cases reported in Alexandria City Public Schools this month.
Manassas Park and Fairfax City are the only localities in Virginia not experiencing a high transmission rate. They are both seeing moderate transmission.
VDH says that unvaccinated Virginians make up a majority of new cases. So far, 92,149 residents have been fully vaccinated and 104,443 residents have been partially vaccinated. More than 67% of residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated, and so have 79% of seniors.
Alexandria seeks input on phase II revision of noise ordinance — “On May 15, the Alexandria City Council adopted phase I technical revisions of the City’s noise ordinance. The City is now seeking public input on a phase II revision that would address policy issues associated with land use, noise levels and changes with noise sources. The objective is to finalize this revision for Council consideration by the end of 2021.” [City of Alexandria]
Alexandria author writes book on 19th century Scottish migrant — “First-time author Ellen Hamilton has spent years working on the story of William Gregory, who settled here in Alexandria in 1807. Now, her first book, ‘A Scottish Migration to Alexandria’, is going into print.” [Alexandria Living]
Alexandria Health Department to offer free flu shots — “In an effort to ensure that the community has access to the influenza vaccine, the Alexandria Health Department is hosting a free clinic on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Hammond Middle School from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.” [Zebra]
Today’s weather — “Rain showers in the morning with scattered thunderstorms arriving in the afternoon. High 79F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%… Scattered thunderstorms in the evening, then mainly cloudy overnight with thunderstorms likely. Potential for heavy rainfall. Low 68F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.” [Weather.com]
New job: Temporary bilingual COVID-19 vaccine promoter — “. The Vaccine Promotor(a)/CVN will engage with residents of underserved communities to provide education about COVID-19 and the importance of vaccination. The Promotor(a) will work with Neighborhood Health’s COVID-19 Outreach team to plan an overall outreach strategy and provide support to other vaccine-related activities.” [Indeed]
For more than a month, Alexandria has experienced high COVID-19 transmission levels, but that isn’t stopping public events from happening.
Last week, the City Council unanimously voted to extend the state of emergency until January 31, 2022. Just days later, there was a large gathering for the unveiling of Friday night lights at Alexandria City High School, followed the next day by an art festival in Carlyle and Irish festival at Waterfront Park in Old Town. Residents are encouraged to wear face masks at the events, although it is not required.
Meanwhile, there has been another death. The death toll due to the virus now stands at 143. There are now 13,439 reported cases of the virus since the pandemic started in March 2020. There have also been 64 cases reported in Alexandria City Public Schools in September alone.
Alexandria’s seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests remains at 3.4%, which is the same level that it was this time last week.
VDH says that unvaccinated Virginians make up a majority of new cases. So far, 89,804 residents have been fully vaccinated and 106,465 residents have been partially vaccinated. Nearly 66% of residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated, and so have nearly 79% of seniors.
The only localities in Virginia not seeing high transmission are Manassas Park and Fairfax City, which are both seeing moderate transmission.
Ready to buy a restaurant or salon in Alexandria?
The latest listings on BizBuySell show all kinds of businesses for sale in and around Alexandria. Many are restaurants, which have been heavily impacted by the pandemic.
The website aggregates numerous business sale listings. The names and locations are generally left out, but there are exceptions.
Reasons for selling, when provided, typically do not mention economic hardship, but more often involve the owner retiring or not having time to actively run the business.
Here are some that are currently listed:
- Alexandria-Falls Church nail salon — “Established, nice nail salon/spa with good income available for sale in the Falls Church, Alexandria area. Good rent. Potential for growth if adding more nail techs. Nail services comprise 80% of the business, the rest is hair services. Highly visible from main road. Good reviews. Nice and well decorated. Owner can stay and work on a part time basis. Staff will stay if new owner want.”
- Ultra Modern dental practice in Del Ray — “Ultra-modern dental practice in the heart of a high income, recession proof area located in the vibrant DelRay area of Alexandria near Old Town Alexandria, Pentagon City, National Landing, Potomac Yard, Arlington, and Crystal City. The office is located on the ground level of a multi-family project with excellent visibility on Mount Vernon Avenue (daily traffic count of 16.000 cars) and abundant garage parking available to patients and staff at no charge in close proximity to the office.”
- Beautiful Modern Laundromat for Sale — “Beautiful modern laundromat in a great location! 21st century laundromat with card system, customized folding tables, modern design, with high-powered energy efficient machines. Location is about 4000 SF located near many current and upcoming apartment complexes. Long-term 10 tear lease with 5 year option. This place is fully card operated and can be easily managed from home with one visit a week.”
- Hair salon for sale — “Established over 32 years, 17 with current owner. Located in a major brand grocery anchored shopping center. Good demographics. Exclusive right in the shopping center for hair and nail operations but focus on hair services right now. Staff and seller will stay if new owner desires. Currently 5-day operation but can expand to 6 or 7 to increase revenue. Excellent opportunity for both owner operators and/or investors.”
- High-class Japanese restaurant with strong business — “The menu includes sushi, hibachi, and ramen. First generation owner since the business was founded, tons of the local customers and Japanese food fans from other places, the business can make $180k sales per month, lease can be extended indefinitely.”
- Well Established Dry Cleaning Business for Sale — “Dry Cleaners and sewing laundry for sale very safe and populated shopping center. Current owner planned to retire after 25 yrs of successful business. Customers and equipment’s well maintained.”
- Free standing auto repair — “Busy Five bay, free standing auto repair business located on major road in the City of Alexandria. Densely populated high income area. This shop stays busy with a healthy fleet business as well repeat and new customers. Priced at only $150,000.”
- Profitable fast-casual restaurant — “Great opportunity to own this fast casual restaurant in the heart of Alexandria. This restaurant is located in a busy shopping center along a heavy traffic road. The current owner of this restaurant is ABSENTEE and making approximately $140,000 a year. Menu can be converted to fit most concepts. Must see!”
- Riverview Festival restaurant — “Located right off a river; Increasingly richer demographics as luxurious condos are sprung up in a few blocks; Lease is solid and firm; Customers are turned away as the Restaurant has become the center of evening culture in town. Sales is way above 2019 level. Take your challenge and soar through as the opportunity allows a lot of rooms to grow. Established 30 years.”
- Specialty pizza in high-volume high-income area — “A neighborhood success centered around its high-quality stone oven with an array of alternative Mediterranean main courses, sandwiches and desserts, . The owner has created several of these locations in Northern Virginia and is ready to spin this one off to stand on its own while he focuses on bringing others to maturity.”
- Well-established deli for sale — “Located in a great neighborhood, among many loyal customers. Serving over 40 years. Turnkey operation. Doing quite well during the pandemic. Plenty of room to improve. Currently has no marketing and delivery service. Not serving beer and wine. Seller will train new owner for a reasonable time period.”
- Coin Laundry/Laundromats — “No Exception, Non-Disclosure must be signed in person meeting, No emailing signing. We can meet at anywhere in Fairfax county to sign NDA with appointment.”
The wellness-related businesses in Del Ray are bottling their creative energies into a new blog.
Every Wednesday morning, the Wellness District Blog will publish two new posts to help folks navigate through the fog of stressful times. It officially launched at a glitzy outdoor party on Wednesday night in Del Ray.
The blog has 20 local wellness expert writers, and is the brainchild of Sara VanderGoot, the owner of the Mind The Mat Pilates & Yoga.
“I love to write, and I love to read, and I love wellness,” VanderGoot said. “Writing is the way to show the depth of what we all do. Not everyone gets to be right in front of us to see all of the aspects of wellness that we focus on.”
VanderGoot has a Master’s degree in creative writing, is working on a memoir and says she loves to edit other people’s work.
Dr. Lauren Fisher, co-owner of Del Ray Psych and Wellness, is one of the bloggers.
“My theme will be on letting go,” she said. “I always talk about letting go of things that are holding you back. We often hold onto a lot more than we need to, and most people aren’t aware of what they’re carrying.”
The Alexandria City Council, on Tuesday, will likely extend its local emergency declaration until January 31, 2022.
The declaration, which was first approved by Council in March 2020, has been continually updated every six months, and finds that “the emergency continues to exist and will exist into the future.”
There are now 13,209 reported cases and 142 deaths due to COVID-19, which is an increase of 215 cases since this time last Tuesday. There were 43 new cases were reported on Thursday, September 10, making for the largest single-day jump since April 12, when 48 new cases were reported.
Alexandria’s seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is at 3.4%, and the city is experiencing a high level of transmission for the fourth straight week, according to the Virginia Department of Health. In fact, the only localities in Virginia not seeing high transmission are Manassas Park and Fairfax City, which are both seeing moderate transmission.
There have also been 70 cases reported in Alexandria City Public Schools since last month.
VDH says that unvaccinated Virginians make up a majority of new cases. So far, 87,839 residents have been fully vaccinated and 100,982 residents have been partially vaccinated. More than 64% of residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated, and so have nearly 78% of seniors.
Additionally, the Alexandria Health Department has developed a Fall/Winter 2021 Vaccine Strategic Framework to administer third doses and booster shots.
Alexandria’s seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now the lowest in Virginia.
The percentage was 3.1%, as of Tuesday, September 7, even though the city is experiencing a high level of transmission for the third straight week, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Mayor Justin Wilson says that the low seven-day average is a good sign.
“We know what works: vax + masks indoors,” Wilson tweeted. “Keep it up.”
There are now 12,994 reported cases in the city since the first case was reported in March 2020. That’s an increase of 177 cases since this time last week. There have also been 53 cases reported in Alexandria City Public Schools since last month. The death toll stands at 142.
There have been 209,668 Polymer Chain Reaction (PCR) tests administered in the city; 25,026 antigen tests and 7,937 antibody tests.
Below are statistics for neighboring jurisdictions:
- Arlington County has 16,872 cases, 261 deaths and a 3.1% seven-day positivity rate
- Fairfax County has 85,151 cases, 1,167 deaths and a 4.5% seven-day positivity rate
- Loudoun County has 30,903 cases, 285 deaths and a 5.4% seven-day positivity rate
VDH says that unvaccinated Virginians are making up 99.6% of new cases.
So far, 87,136 residents have been fully vaccinated, and 100,390 residents have been partially vaccinated. Nearly 64% of residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated, and so have nearly 78% of seniors.
Public events haven’t stopped. On Sunday, the Old Town Festival of Speed & Style brought thousands of visitors to King Street over the weekend, and on Monday a vast majority of elected officials and candidates converged for the Alexandria Democratic Committee’s annual Labor Day Picnic, which included an appearance by gubernatorial candidate, former Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Notification:: The 200-400 blocks of King Street and both 100 Blocks of Lee St., Fairfax St., and Royal St. are closed to (drive thru) vehicle traffic for the Old Town Festival of Speed and Style until 4 p.m. today. pic.twitter.com/Wf0tEOYpNm
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) September 5, 2021
With COVID-19 numbers sharply rising in Alexandria, the city is advising parents to expect cases at schools and daycares.
So far this month, 14 cases have been reported in Alexandria City Public Schools.
In the event of an outbreak, the Alexandria Health Department will call or email family members of close contacts to see whether children are having any COVID-19 symptoms, how to quarantine and other next steps.
“Prepare in advance by learning what to expect,” the city said in a release. “Your child’s school or daycare should send a general notification letter indicating that there was an exposure and they will work with the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) to identify close contacts.”
Alexandria saw a 235% increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in August over July, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The city entered into a “high” level of transmission on August 15, up from “substantial” in July and “moderate” and “low” transmission levels in June and May. Unvaccinated residents account for the jump in the numbers, according to VDH.
There has been a recent dip in the average of new cases, as much higher case counts were reported last week.
As of August 31, there have been 12,817 reported cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 163 cases since this time last week. The death toll from the virus stands at 142.
Alexandria has a goal of fully vaccinating 110,000 residents — 80% of the population — a goal that the city says it has already reached.
So far, 86,154 residents have been fully vaccinated, and 99,605 residents have been partially vaccinated. Just over 63% of residents over the age of 18 have been vaccinated, and so have 78% of seniors.