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Negative Covid tests (photo courtesy Aimee Miller)

With the holiday season approaching, a prerequisite for some family gatherings could be a negative Covid test. With Curative shutting down its testing kiosks throughout the region that might get slightly harder, but there are other resources.

The kiosks have provided around 195,000 Covid tests, the City of Alexandria said in a release, but demand for kiosk testing has dropped off dramatically since 2021.

“As of December 26, 2022, the private company Curative has chosen to close its Alexandria COVID-19 testing kiosks city-wide,” the City of Alexandria said. “Curative is closing all testing sites throughout the region before the end of the year.”

The postal service had previously offered free rapid home antigen tests, but those were suspended in September.

Several medical facilities offer testing, but require seeing a doctor for testing and can cost between $50 up to $300.

The most affordable way to get testing kits in Alexandria is from the library. Alexandria libraries carry rapid COVID-19 test kits available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a limit of seven kits per person, and the city advised locals to call the library branch to check availability.

Those phone numbers and addresses are:

  • Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke Street): 703-746-1702
    Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen Street): 703-746-1703
    Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Road): 703-746-1704
    Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Avenue): 703-746-1705

Scheduled Covid tests are also available for public school students and staff through Alexandria City Public Schools.

A full list of testing options is available on the city’s website.

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Nine Alexandria residents died of COVID-19 over the last month, bringing the death toll from the virus to 210.

The number of cases is still declining, and the city’s Community Level remains low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The seven-day average of new cases is now 10.7 — down from the mid-30s at around this time last month.

There have been 385 cases reported so far in October, and as of Monday (October 24), there have been 42,133 total reported cases since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The new fatalities include six Alexandrians in their 80s, one in their 70s, two in their 60s and one in their 50s.

There were 991 new cases in September, making last month the second-lowest month for new infections in 2022.

  • January — 12,822 new cases
  • February — 1,227 new cases
  • March — 593 new cases
  • April — 1,488 new cases
  • May — 2,900 new cases
  • June — 2,357 new cases
  • July — 2,396 new cases
  • August — 1,499 new cases
  • September — 991 new cases

Below are numbers of new cases this month:

  • 26 new cases on October 24
  • 11 new cases on October 23
  • 9 new cases on October 22
  • 13 new cases on October 21
  • 8 new cases on October 20
  • -1 new cases on October 19
  • 9 new cases on October 18
  • 36 new cases on October 17
  • 22 new cases on October 16
  • 23 new cases on October 15
  • 16 new cases on October 14
  • 7 new cases on October 13
  • 24 new cases on October 12
  • 4 new cases on October 11
  • 14 new cases on October 10
  • 19 new cases on October 9
  • 16 new cases on October 8
  • 19 new cases on October 7
  • 19 new cases on October 6
  • 16 new cases on October 5
  • 19 new cases on October 4
  • 14 new cases on October 3
  • 22 new cases on October 2
  • 20 new cases on October 1

Vaccine Update

  • There are 22,515 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 86% of residents (134,936 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 61,950 residents got their first booster shot
  • 11,827 residents got their second booster shot
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With summer heat in full swing, Covid cases are trending downward in Alexandria.

As of Monday (August 8), there are 39,692 reported cases, according to the Virginia Department of Health. There have been 196 deaths.

The seven-day average of new cases is now 54.1. At around the same period in July, the seven-day average of new cases was 70.9 — exactly the seven-day average on June 20.

The city currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There have been 434 new cases reported so far this month. Below are monthly totals for 2022.

  • January — 12,822 new cases
  • February — 1,227 new cases
  • March — 593 new cases
  • April — 1,488 new cases
  • May — 2,900 new cases
  • June — 2,357 new cases
  • July — 2,396 new cases

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on June 21, to announce the availability of vaccine shots for kids older than six months of age. The city’s two-and-a-half-year-long state of emergency expired on June 30.

Vaccine Update

  • There are 24,138 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (120,881 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (133,313 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 61,950 residents got their first booster shot
  • 11,827 residents got their second booster shot

This month, VDH reported the following new cases in Alexandria:

  • 31 new cases on August 8
  • 32 new cases on August 7
  • 48 new cases on August 6
  • 68 new cases on August 5
  • 65 new cases on August 4
  • 69 new cases on August 3
  • 66 new cases on August 2
  • 55 new cases on August 1
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Covid rates have increased during Alexandria’s midsummer.

As of Monday (July 25), there are 38,779 reported cases, an increase of 605 cases since this time last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The seven-day average of new cases is now 86.4, up from 77.1, and the seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is now 22.3%, up from 19.2%.

There have been 195 deaths, according to VDH.

The city currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far this month, there have been 1,917 new cases reported. January saw the most new cases with 12,822 reported, followed by 2,900 cases in May, 2,357 cases in June, 1,488 cases in April, 1,227 cases in February and 593 cases in March.

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on June 21, to announce the availability of vaccine shots for kids older than six months of age.

Vaccine Update

  • There are 24,578 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (120,381 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 84% (132,873 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 61,950 residents got their first booster shot
  • 11,827 residents got their second booster shot

This month, VDH reported the following new cases in Alexandria:

  • 75 new cases on July 25
  • 55 new cases on July 24
  • 94 new cases on July 23
  • 86 new cases on July 22
  • 92 new cases on July 21
  • 112 new cases on July 20
  • 91 new cases on July 19
  • 24 new cases on July 18
  • 98 new cases on July 17
  • 97 new cases on July 16
  • 80 new cases on July 15
  • 99 new cases on July 14
  • 65 new cases on July 13
  • 77 new cases on July 12
  • 45 new cases on July 11
  • 72 new cases on July 10
  • 64 new cases on July 9
  • 90 new cases on July 8
  • 106 new cases on July 7
  • 58 new cases on July 6
  • 61 new cases on July 5
  • 70 new cases on July 4
  • 66 new cases on July 3
  • 63 new cases on July 2
  • 77 new cases on July 1
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Another Alexandria resident has died from Covid, and cases continue to steadily increase.

As of Monday (July 18), there are 38,174 reported cases, an increase of 540 cases since this time last week. The seven-day average of new cases is now 77.1, up from 70.9, and the seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is now 19.2%, up from 17.4%.

There have been 196 deaths.

So far this month, there have been 1,312 new cases reported. January saw the most new cases with 12,822 reported, followed by 2,900 cases in May, 2,357 cases in June, 1,488 cases in April, 1,227 cases in February and 593 cases in March.

The city currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on June 21, to announce the availability of vaccine shots for kids older than six months of age.

Vaccine Update

  • There are 24,942 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 76% of residents (120,124 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 84% (132,509 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 62,447 residents got booster shots

This month, VDH reported the following new cases in Alexandria:

  • 24 new cases on July 18
  • 98 new cases on July 17
  • 97 new cases on July 16
  • 80 new cases on July 15
  • 99 new cases on July 14
  • 65 new cases on July 13
  • 77 new cases on July 12
  • 45 new cases on July 11
  • 72 new cases on July 10
  • 64 new cases on July 9
  • 90 new cases on July 8
  • 106 new cases on July 7
  • 58 new cases on July 6
  • 61 new cases on July 5
  • 70 new cases on July 4
  • 66 new cases on July 3
  • 63 new cases on July 2
  • 77 new cases on July 1
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The state of emergency might be over, but the pandemic remains in Alexandria.

Following a two week blackout period, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is reporting four more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 195.

The CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) did not return death certificates for “coding purposes” for two weeks — starting June 6.

“For a few weeks after the blackout period, you should expect to see a higher number of COVID-19-associated deaths added to the dashboards and data sets,” the Virginia Department of Health said. “This is because NCHS will be sending back newly-coded and re-coded death certificates to VDH that were put on hold during the blackout period.

As of Monday (July 11), there are 37,634 reported cases, and the seven-day average of new cases is steady at 70.9 — the same number it was on June 20.

There have been 772 new cases reported in the first 11 days of July alone, and the seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is 17.4%.

January saw the most new cases with 12,822 reported, followed by 2,900 cases in May, 2,357 cases in June, 1,488 cases in April, 1,227 cases in February and 593 cases in March.

The city currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on June 21, to announce the availability of vaccine shots for kids older than six months of age.

Alexandria’s two-and-a-half-year-long state of emergency expired on June 30.

Vaccine Update

  • There are 21,733 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 78% of residents (120,032 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 86% (132,147 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 63,414 residents got booster shots
Daily coronavirus counts over the past 13 weeks in Alexandria. (Via VDH)

This month, VDH reported the following new cases in Alexandria:

  • 45 new cases on July 11
  • 72 new cases on July 10
  • 64 new cases on July 9
  • 90 new cases on July 8
  • 106 new cases on July 7
  • 58 new cases on July 6
  • 61 new cases on July 5
  • 70 new cases on July 4
  • 66 new cases on July 3
  • 63 new cases on July 2
  • 77 new cases on July 1
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Alexandria health providers are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children under five years of age, according to the Alexandria Health Department.

According to AHD:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for this age group and accepted the recommendation of its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which met on June 17 and 18 to review administration and safety data for the vaccine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the vaccines’ Emergency Use Authorization last week to include doses and vaccine schedules for children between six months and five years of age. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is for ages six months – four years and is three doses, with three weeks between the first and second dose, and eight weeks between the second and third dose. The Moderna vaccine is for ages six months – five years and is two doses separated by four weeks.

Parents and guardians in Alexandria have multiple locations to choose from when getting their youngest vaccinated, including AHD vaccine clinics, pharmacies (for ages three and up), and pediatricians’ offices. Minors are not able to consent to immunizations, so a parent or guardian must consent either in advance or at the vaccination site, depending on the provider. Vaccine appointments for this age group at AHD clinics will be posted on a rolling basis, and parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their children’s healthcare provider/pediatrician to see if their office is providing COVID-19 vaccines for this group.

Appointments are required at this time.

In the meantime, two more residents have died from the virus, bringing the death toll to 191. The number of reported cases has reached 36,369, and the seven-day rate for new cases is 68.7, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Last month, AHD announced the availability of booster shots for kids ages five to 11.

Vaccinated in Alexandria

  • About 78% of residents (119,667 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 86% (131,739 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 65,283 residents got booster shots
  • There are 22,141 unvaccinated Alexandria residents

Alexandria’s two-and-a-half-year-long state of emergency will expire on June 30..

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As COVID numbers continue to rise, the Alexandria City Council will allow the city’s state of emergency to expire on June 30.

The declaration was made by Council in March 2020, and has been extended five times.

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson says there is no need for another extension.

“But we will be allowing the emergency declaration to expire as there is no need to continue the authority that it enables any further,” Wilson told ALXnow. “(T)he need for an emergency declaration to address the impacts of the pandemic will be past us.”

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on May 20, to announce the availability of booster shots for kids ages five to 11.

Case update

Today (June 6), Alexandria surpassed 35,000 cases of COVID-19. The official number is 35,041, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The death toll remains at 189.

The seven-day average of new cases is 83.9 — down for the third straight week. Three weeks ago, the seven day-average for new cases reached 199.4.

The seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is 17%, up from 16.6% last week.

In Alexandria City Public Schools, there have been 1,191 cases reported since Dec. 1. Of those, 1,005 are children and 206 are staff, but the numbers on the school system’s dashboard don’t add up.

So far, there have been 536 new cases reported in the first six days in June, and the month is already assured to at least be the third-worst month of the year for new cases.

January was the worst month of 2022, with 12,822 reported, followed by a steep drop to 1,227 cases in February. There were only 593 cases reported in March, and 1,488 new cases in April. Alexandria currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

VDH reported the following new cases this month in Alexandria:

  • 70 new cases on June 6
  • 87 new cases on June 5
  • 85 new cases on June 4
  • 93 new cases on June 3
  • 138 new cases on June 2
  • 63 new cases on June 1

Vaccine Update

  • There are 22,345 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 78% of residents (119,447 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 86% (131,535 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 64,854 residents got booster shots
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As of Monday (May 23), two more residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 190. The number of cases has climbed to 33,764, an increase of 836 cases since this time last week.

The seven-day average of cases is now 119.4, up from 98.7 last week and 78.6 at the beginning of the month. The seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is 15.2%, up from 14.7% last week and 12.4% as reported in the first days of May.

May is now the second worst month of the year for new Covid cases, with 2,159 cases reported. January saw the most-ever cases with 12,822 reported, followed by a steep drop to 1,227 cases in February. There were only 593 cases reported in March, and 1,488 new cases in April.

While the number of Covid infections escalates, Alexandria residents should protect themselves by wearing face masks and staying up to date on their vaccinations. Those are among the recommendations that the Alexandria Health Department is now making, in addition to staying home, and staying in well-ventilated areas.

“The City of Alexandria, and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties have all experienced increased COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, placing the entire region in the CDC’s medium COVID-19 community level,” AHD said in a release. “Everyone should stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, get tested if they have symptoms, improve ventilation in indoor spaces, and follow guidelines for isolation or quarantine if sick or exposed. Individuals may choose to wear a mask at any time.”

The CDC also recommends that travelers should get tested no more than three days before their departure and arrival dates.

Vaccine update

The Alexandria Health Department now offers vaccine boosters for children ages 5 to 11 at least five months after their last dose.

  • There are 22,698 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (119,084 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (131,182 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 63,779 residents got booster shots

In Alexandria City Public Schools, there have been 1,065 cases reported since Dec. 1. Of those, 906 are children and 178 are staff, but the numbers on the school system’s dashboard don’t add up.

The city remains in a state of emergency until June 30.

VDH reported the following new cases this month in Alexandria:

  • 90 new cases on May 23
  • 106 new cases on May 22
  • 112 new cases on May 21
  • 137 new cases on May 20
  • 167 new cases on May 19
  • 132 new cases on May 18
  • 92 new cases on May 17
  • 63 new cases on May 16
  • 106 new cases on May 15
  • 112 new cases on May 14
  • 119 new cases on May 13
  • 133 new cases on May 12
  • 85 new cases on May 11
  • 73 new cases on May 10
  • 61 new cases on May 9
  • 62 new cases on May 8
  • 113 new cases on May 7
  • 79 new cases on May 6
  • 82 new cases on May 5
  • 106 new cases on May 4
  • 47 new cases on May 3
  • 46 new cases on May 2
  • 36 new cases on May 1
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Get your stretchy pants ready, because the Well Ray festival is around the corner.

It’s the first year back after a two-year Covid hiatus, and organizers say that the free event on June 11 will go on rain or shine, with a central portion of Mount Vernon Avenue closed off for dozens of health vendors who will have live boxing, pilates and yoga demonstrations.

“It’s great for the community’s physical health, mental health, emotional health and spiritual health,” said Lola Capps of Chrysalis Chiropractic, who is co-chairing the event with Del Ray Business Association President Lauren Fisher. “It’s going to be awesome. It’s going to be big, with lots of fun stuff that’s not just for adults, it’s for kids as well.”

The event includes nearly 40 vendors, and is sponsored by the Jen Walker Team.

“We’re very glad to be bringing this event back after two years,” said Fisher, who owns Del Ray Psych and Wellness. “Our goal is to connect people to things that they might not even be thinking about, like introducing them to new modalities or fitness classes, because there are many different things that can help our physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing.”

The event includes:

  • A rock wall
  • Acupuncture
  • Pilates
  • Dance
  • Yoga
  • A zen zone
  • Boxing
  • Dog fitness area
  • Hula hooping
  • Human and canine massages
  • Physical therapy consultations
  • Chiropractic assessments
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Meditation
  • Wellness coaching

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