Alexandria, VA

There are now 141 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, an increase of 11 cases since yesterday.

The addition of 11 cases continues a streak of double-digit diagnoses every day since March 31, and there have been 97 cases in the first week of April alone.

The first death of a city resident due to the virus was also announced yesterday. The Alexandria Health Department did not release information to the public regarding the resident, other than the person was hospitalized.

In a news release, the department said that there has been a “lag in test results” from tests conducted four to eight days ago.

“The rise in positive cases is likely due to a combination of additional testing capacity through private healthcare providers as well as an increase in community transmission,” the department said. “This lag in test results underscores the continued need for all community members to stay home as much as possible, even if they don’t have a diagnosed illness.”

The full breakdown in Alexandria is below:

There have been 63 deaths and there are now more than 3,300 cases in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Staff photo by James Cullum

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The first death in Alexandria due to COVID-19 has been reported by the health department, and the number of cases jumped by 26 for a total of 130 cases in the city.

“My colleagues and I are saddened by the first confirmed death of an Alexandria resident due to COVID-19, and our thoughts are with their loved ones,” Dr. Stephen Haering, the city’s health director, said in a statement. “The best way to honor our neighbor is to recommit ourselves to the most effective ways to stop this virus: stay at home as much as possible, wash hands frequently, and maintain six feet of personal space whenever you can.”

The patient was hospitalized, and died of respiratory complications associated with COVID-19, according to the health department. The city has withheld their age, sex and identity.

Haering added, “Everyone has a role in reducing the impacts of this pandemic. We must all be vigilant to protect ourselves and especially our most vulnerable community members.”

The 26 new cases is the largest increase in the city since the first case was reported on March 11. There have been 86 new cases in the month of April alone.

The full breakdown in Alexandria is below:

There have been 54 deaths and there are now more than 2,800 cases in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

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Alexandria now has 104 cases of COVID-19, according to the health department.

The new figure is an addition of 11 cases since yesterday. There have been double digit increases of new cases every day in April, and so far there have been 60 cases throughout the month.

The full breakdown in Alexandria is below:

There have been 51 deaths and there are now more than 2,600 cases in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

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There are now 93 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, according to the health department.

The new figure is an increase of 16 cases since yesterday. The number of infected residents has jumped by double digits nearly every day since March 29. There have been 61 new cases since then.

The number of new cases is climbing at a rapid rate. There are 49 cases in just the first four days in April, which is five more than all the positive COVID-19 cases in March.

The full breakdown in Alexandria is below:

There have been 51 deaths and are now more than 2,400 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health. There have been no deaths in Alexandria.

Staff photo by James Cullum

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Alexandria now has 77 cases of COVID-19, according to the health department.

There was a surge of 53 cases over the last week, and the new figure is an addition of 10 cases since yesterday. The department said in a release that it expects the number to increase.

The city is also now recommending that residents wear cloth face masks in public.

According to a city release, “Wearing a cloth face covering is only effective when used in conjunction with frequent hand washing and physical distancing, which includes staying at least six feet away from other people.”

The full breakdown in Alexandria is below:

There have been 46 deaths and are now more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Staff photo by James Cullum

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Stuck at home this weekend social distancing but still want to connect with your fellow Alexandrians? A few online or quarantine-friendly activities

If the quarantine has you stressed out, there are several local online meditation classes. Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga is live-streaming various yoga, pilates and other exercise classes. The Meditation Center of D.C. is also hosting live-streamed meditations every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with a Buddist monk.

Other locations throughout Alexandria are offering online fitness or wellness classes.

For the artistic Alexandrians, the Kyo Gallery is offering virtual tours of the art exhibits. Local art gallery The Athenaeum is also encouraging artists of any age to submit their doodles.

According to the submission page:

The Athenaeum Gallery invites artists–or anyone of any age–to e-mail sketches, doodles and other graphics that make a visual statement about your experience with or thoughts about the current pandemic, social distancing and other ways your life has been touched by it. When something resonates with our jurors, we will post it to our website, Instagram and Facebook accounts as a sort of virtual gallery. We are looking for true, quick, gestural and doodle-like work, not fully conceived and finished works of art. The works can be in any medium. To submit sketches and doodles, email jpgs or pdfs to Athenaeum Gallery Director, Twig Murray, at [email protected]

If you don’t feel like cooking this weekend and want to support some local restaurants, Visit Alexandria has compiled a list of restaurants offering social distancing-safe take-out and delivery options.

Alexandria’s farmers markets are still operating, but only for take-out orders placed online.

ALXnow compiled a rundown of many online church services last week. This week, the Fairlington United Methodist Church is also hosting an all-ages Trivia Night at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 4.

Photo via Kyo Gallery/Facebook. James Cullum contributed to this story.

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There are now 67 cases of COVID-19, according to the Alexandria Health Department.

The new figure is an addition of 12 cases since yesterday, and the department said in a release that it expects the number to increase.

The full breakdown in Alexandria is below:

There have been 41 deaths and are now more than 1,700 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Staff photo by James Cullum

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There are now 55 positive cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, the city’s Health Department Director Dr. Stephen Haering told city council on Wednesday night.

The new figure is an increase of 11 cases since yesterday.

The full breakdown in Alexandria is below:

There are now more than 1,400 COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths related to the virus in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

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Morning Notes

There are Now 36 Cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria — “On March 30, the Alexandria Health Department confirmed four additional cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, bringing the total to 36. AHD is identifying and contacting individuals who came in close contact with the confirmed cases.” [City of Alexandria]

DASH Further Reduces Service — “As part of a wider effort to protect the health and safety of the Alexandria community and DASH employees, DASH implemented an Enhanced Sunday Operating Plan on weekdays and Saturdays, beginning March 30. No changes are anticipated to Sunday service; however, King Street Trolley service will discontinue until further notice.” [DASH]

Old Town Books Launches GoFundMe Campaign — “You’re making it possible for us to make ends meet while our sales floor is closed and before the new SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans roll out. I didn’t know what to expect when starting this fundraiser – crowd funding is not something I *ever* expected to do for this business. But this fundraiser is helping keep our staff working and our online store open. It’s motivating us to keep trying, to keep working despite the bleak economic projections for the year. We’re not giving up. Thank you for your support!” [Facebook]

Mason & Greens Grocer Opens in Old Town — “It’s not the grand opening they were planning, but the new bulk grocer in Old Town, Mason & Greens, is now open. For now, Mason & Greens is offering online shopping for pick-up or delivery.” [Alexandria Living]

ACPS Unveils Story Hour For Younger Students — “It’s such fun to see all these famous faces reading for America’s children in this time of need and we are grateful that some publishers are allowing us to publish read-alouds on the website at this time.” [ACPS]

Little Theatre of Alexandria Issuing Refunds — “Please submit this form before Friday, April 10. For Moonlight and Magnolias and Blue Stockings, we will not be able to process refunds after Thursday, April 30.” [LTA]

Ascend Cycle Offering Virtual Classes — “Virtual high fives! While we can’t be together in person, this is the next best thing! You see us & we see you! Connect with your favorite instructor and friends live while breaking a sweat! We are offering daily live virtual classes designed to connect our community and provide personalized attention. Drop into class for just $10.” [Ascend Cycle]

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If Alexandria residents are feeling symptomatic during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inova hospital system is encouraging them to skip trips to the emergency room by making virtual medical appointments from the comfort of their homes.

Inova, in this period of social distancing, says telemedicine is a convenient way for residents to determine if they should receive additional medical care.

“Choosing to have a video or telephone visit means you will continue to get your care on the day of your appointment from your provider while you stay at home,” Inova said on its website. “You will not have to delay your visit.”

The appointments will be billed to insurance plans, although a number of providers are waiving some fees for such consultations. Video visits are conducted on Zoom, and those interested in booking an appointment will have to fill out a MyChart account.

If residents need to go to Inova Alexandria Hospital (4320 Seminary Road), they are being asked to call ahead to advise staff of their arrival.

According to Inova:

Instructions For New Patients

  • Video visits are not recorded
  • If you are a new patient – you haven’t seen an Inova physician in three years – you do not yet have the option to have a telephone visit. Your first visit must be either a video visit or an in-person office visit.
  • If you are able to connect to the internet by a smart phone or computer, we ask that you schedule a video visit.
  • You will receive a message from your provider’s office to start a video visit.
  • You will be able to speak directly with your provider on video just as you would do during your regular visit.

Instructions for Established Patients

  • Preferred Method: Video calls occur through MyChart. To do this, you need the MyChart application installed on your smart phone. You can download the MyChart app to your smart phone. This allows you to have your visit information quickly and in a secure way.
  • Secondary Method: You will receive a message on your smart phone or in your email with a link for Zoom. All you need to do is copy the link and paste the link on your browser to continue with the video visit.
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Morning Notes

Alexandria COVID-19 Count Now At 20 — “AHD is identifying and contacting individuals who came in close contact with the confirmed cases. The close contacts will be asked to self-quarantine and actively monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms. If they start experiencing symptoms, they will immediately undergo testing. As a result of the AHD’s case investigations and expanded testing through private providers, the number of positive cases is expected to continue to increase.” [City of Alexandria]

City’s COVID-19 Fund Reaches $470K — “Thanks to your generous support, ACT for Alexandria and the City of Alexandria have begun to provide grants to the nonprofit organizations on the front lines of this crisis. As of this week, we have made $245,010 in grants.” [Zebra]

Levine Hosting Health Director in Virtual Monthly Meetup — “We will be hosting Mark’s Monthly Meetup virtually this Sunday between 1 and 3 pm. Likely through either Zoom or Facebook Live. Perhaps both if we can figure it out. Details to come.” [Facebook]

Beyer Laments U.S. Leading World With COVID-19 Cases — “Very, very bad: the United States now leads the world in confirmed COVID-19 cases. PLEASE STAY HOME.” [Twitter]

Fire Department Advises Against Overloading Power Strips — “If you’re teleworking to help #stopthespread, you’re probably using multiple electronic devices to keep up with your workload. To prevent an electrical fire, don’t overload your power strips.” [Twitter]

Chat Today With Martha Washington in Mount Vernon Live Stream — “Join us for our first Casual Friday Livestream, where we’ll do something new & different each Friday at 12:00 pm ET! This week, join us for a chat with young Martha Washington in the year 1769. Ask her your questions now, and we’ll start with those tomorrow on Facebook & YouTube.” [Twitter]

fibre space Moves to Online Shopping Only — “We will not be scheduling any additional in store private shopping appointments. If you are currently scheduled, your appointment is still on. Please feel free to shop via phone, web or virtual shopping on Zoom.” [Facebook]

Carpenter’s Shelter Thanks Supporters — “One of our biggest concerns amidst all of this turmoil, has been making sure we are able to keep our residents fed. In our current temporary location we do not have a stove, so we are reliant more than ever on our wonderful volunteers and donors to provide prepared food for our clients. And thanks to them, this concern thus far has been unfounded.” [Facebook]

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A letter-writing campaign in Alexandria is underway to help break the isolation at some local senior care facilities.

The campaign is aimed at getting letters to three facilities: Sunrise of Alexandria (3520 Duke Street), Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (2729 King Street) and Brandywine Living at Alexandria (5550 Cardinal Place).

“Nursing home residents need some love!” the letter-writing campaign organizers said on the website. “They can’t have visitors right now so they will appreciate cards. In your cards think about including an uplifting poem or quote, or a funny joke.”

Each sign up is for writing a group of ten cards to one facility, but those who want to write more are invited to take multiple slots.

“We’ve heard about it,” said a spokesperson for the Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. “We just found out about it yesterday. I think it will brighten spirits here.”

The spokesperson said the residents at Woodbine have not been allowed to have visitors, so the hallways have been really quiet lately.

The letter-writing campaign was praised and encouraged by Dr. Stephen Haering, director of the Alexandria Health Department, at last night’s city council meeting. Haering said many seniors — one of the populations most vulnerable to COVID-19 — are currently shut-in and isolated and could use the cheering up.

Some on the council worried that the virus could be passed through mail delivery, but Haering said it was unlikely the virus would survive long enough on a letter for that to be a hazard and, in case a mail carrier is infected, people handling packages should wash their hands after opening them.

Photo via Sunrise Senior Living

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