Alexandria, VA

(Updated 12:50 p.m.) Tomorrow, Alexandria will move into Phase 3 of reopening, but there are still several restrictions in place and Alexandrians are urged to stay home if they can.

Before Alexandrians rush out to resume indoor activities in local businesses, a city press release noted that the governor’s order mandating wearing a mask while indoors is still in effect.

“Residents are reminded that Executive Order 63 directs all Virginians to wear a face-covering when indoors in public buildings,” the city said.

According to the order, everyone ten and over is required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when entering, exiting, traveling through or spending time in indoor public spaces. The order specifically notes the requirement for:

  • Personal grooming businesses
  • Retail
  • Entertainment venues
  • Food and beverage establishments like restaurants and breweries
  • Transportation hubs, like train stations or bus stations
  • State of local government buildings

Retail employees are also required to wear masks in the customer-facing areas of the store.

There are exceptions to the requirement. Masks do not have to be worn while:

  • While eating or drinking
  • Exercising or using exercise equipment
  • If you have trouble breathing
  • Any person seeking to communicate with the hearing impaired and for which the mouth needs to be visible
  • When necessary to secure medical services
  • Or if you have health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering

The order is stated to be in effect until otherwise amended.

The third phase of reopening also loosens but does not eliminate restrictions on gathering sizes and capacity of some local establishments.

Phase 3 will:

  • Allow social gatherings with groups of up to 250
  • Lift capacity restrictions on non-essential retail stores and restaurants, though there must be six feet of separation between customers
  • Allow fitness centers and pools to open at 75% capacity
  • Allow entertainment venues to open at 50% capacity
  • Allow barbershops and salons to serve customers without an appointment

Staff photo by Vernon Miles

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There are now 57 reported coronavirus-related deaths in Alexandria, and there are now 2,317 cases in the city, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The most recent death was reported on Saturday, June 27, and six additional fatalities that occurred in April and May were officially added to the death count on Friday, June 26.

The news comes as the Commonwealth prepares to enter into Phase 3 of reopening on Wednesday (July 1), and the city is recommending that residents continue to stay home, wash their hands and remain social distances.

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

It is not clear how many residents have recovered since the first case was announced on March 11. Senior citizens have been severely affected by the virus, and residents above the age of 50 make up all but one of the fatalities.

In Alexandria, there are 1,184 females with the virus (with 30 deaths) and 1,127 males (with 27 deaths) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of six cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 25 deaths, 89 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 19 deaths, 101 cases, 38 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 197 cases, 44 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — 10 deaths, 301 cases, 48 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 429 cases, 37 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 537 cases, 30 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 359 cases, eight hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 166 cases, three hospitalizations
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 127 cases, two hospitalizations
  • Missing — 11 cases not listed by age

Statewide, there have been 1,740 reported deaths, and 1,635 of those deaths are confirmed as COVID-related, according to VDH. There are also 62,189 cases (59,522 confirmed) and 6,164 hospitalizations (including 36 probable cases).

Testing Update

There have been 14,874 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows a 5.7% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 2,273 antibody tests in Alexandria. Across Virginia, there have been 633,705 PCR tests administered with a seven-day positivity rate of 5.9% (and 68,305 antibody tests).

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304 and 22305 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 — 86 cases, 995 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 244 cases, 2,479 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 685 cases, 4,417 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 590 cases, 2,269 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 445 cases, 2,356 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 586 cases, 2,742 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 208 cases, 2,295 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

Photo via CDC/Unsplash

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A summer learning program all Alexandria City Public Schools students will be expected to attend is scheduled to start on July 6 and will continue throughout that month.

According to ACPS, summer learning will be offered Monday through Thursday from July 6 to July 31. Pre-K through 8th-grade classes are scheduled to run from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. while high school classes are scheduled to run from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Class sizes are expected to be around 25-30 students together in a Zoom call.

The goals of the summer program are to keep students on track for their upcoming classes after missing several months due to COVID-19. According to an FAQ page:

Academic loss during COVID-19 is real. This year, it has the potential to be combined with summer learning loss, too. We don’t want our children to get further behind. It is important that we as a school division do everything we can to ensure students’ learning needs are being met, especially during these unprecedented times. To minimize summer learning loss, we are offering summer learning and enrichment for all students for the first time.

ACPS officials insisted that the classes aren’t mandatory, although parents who did not want their kids enrolled in the classes have to file a form to opt-out. ACPS said there would be no repercussions for opting out. Students also have the option to access pre-recorded lectures throughout the day.

Photo via ACPS/Facebook

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After extensive drive-thru and walk-up testing at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alexandria is preparing to shift the focus toward taking testing to the city’s heavily impacted communities.

Mayor Justin Wilson said in the last of his weekly town hall meetings yesterday (Thursday) that he spoke to the Virginia Secretary of Health’s office about shifting the focus of testing.

“We pitched targeted testing in communities, neighborhoods and populations,” Wilson said. “Part of the idea was getting away from mass testing events which ultimately yield a wide array of people but didn’t yield a lot of positive tests. We’re going to try to bring testing to the populations where we know there’s the spread of infection in the community. The state has been favorable to that proposal.”

Arlandria has been a hotspot of coronavirus. In May, nearly half of the city’s coronavirus cases were in the Arlandria and Potomac Yard Zip code of 22305. Wilson said most of the cases in Alexandria have been from community spread.

Positive testing has gone down to near 5%, down from the 20-30% positive testing rates earlier or 50% rate in targeted testing in Arlandria. Part of that has been increased testing capacity yielding a lower percentage of positive tests, but Wilson also noted that overall social distancing has led to a fairly low rate of virus reproduction.

“Today, Virginia looks pretty good,” Wilson said. “Only three states have a lower rate of virus reproduction. We’re under one, which means each person infected is infecting less than one other person. That means isolation is working and people are taking the precautions they’re supposed to take… We have to keep that up to prevent us from going back the other way.”

While Alexandria’s long-term care facilities represent a relatively low number of cases, Wilson said they have seen a disproportionately high number of deaths.

“Out of 50 deaths in the city, 22 have come from one of three long-term care facilities,” Wilson said. “Overall, they account for an overall low percentage of cases. Most are from community spread. But those are areas that have been hit rather hard.”

The city is preparing to move into Phase 3 of reopening next Wednesday, which Wilson said will likely be a more modest change than the two earlier phases of reopening.

“This allows restaurants to increase capacity, allows entertainment venues to come back at 50% and gyms can come back at 75% capacity,” Wilson said. “After Phase 3, there is no clearly other defined phases.”

Staff photo by James Cullum

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There has been another coronavirus-related death in Alexandria and the death toll now stands at 50, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The death of a man in his 70s was reported yesterday, and is the latest fatality since Saturday, June 20. There are now 2,271 cases of the virus in the city, an increase of 13 cases since yesterday. There have also been a steady uptick with 143 new reported cases since Alexandria entered into phase two on June 12.

The news comes as the Commonwealth prepares to enter into phase three on July 1, and the city is recommending that residents continue to stay home, wash their hands and remain social distances.

“It is important to note that there is still community transmission of the virus that causes COVID-19 and everyone is safest at home,” the city noted in a release. “This is especially true for persons at higher risk for severe illness, including those over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions. If you must go out, please remember to keep 6 feet of distance from others; wear a cloth face covering, especially when inside public spaces; wash hands frequently; and remember to always carry tissues and hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol with you.”

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

It is not clear how many residents have recovered since the first case was announced on March 11. Senior citizens have been severely affected by the virus, and residents above the age of 50 make up all but one of the fatalities.

In Alexandria, there are 1,163 females with the virus (with 27 deaths) and 1,100 males (with 23 deaths) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of eight cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 22 deaths, 87 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 16 deaths, 100 cases, 37 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 194 cases, 44 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Nine deaths, 296 cases, 47 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 418 cases, 35 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 529 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 349 cases, seven hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 162 cases, three hospitalizations
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 125 cases, two hospitalizations
  • Missing — 11 cases not listed by age

Statewide, there have been 1,675 reported deaths, and 1,572 of those deaths are confirmed as COVID-related, according to VDH. There are also now 59,946 cases (57,384 confirmed) and 5,995 hospitalizations (including 34 probable cases).

Here is a breakdown of new cases since Alexandria entered into Phase 2:

  • June 12 — Cases increase to 2,128
  • June 13 — Cases increase to 2,134
  • June 14 — Cases increase to 2,151
  • June 15 — Cases increase to 2,160
  • June 16 — Cases increase to 2,168
  • June 17 — Cases increase to 2,175
  • June 18 — Cases increase to 2,186
  • June 19 — Cases increase to 2,198
  • June 20 — Cases increase to 2,217 (Fatalities now at 49)
  • June 21 — Cases increase to 2,227
  • June 22 — Cases increase to 2,236
  • June 23 — Cases increase to 2,248
  • June 24 — Cases increase to 2,258 (Fatalities now at 50)
  • June 25 — Cases increase to 2,271

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There are now 2,236 cases of COVID-19, an increase of nine cases since yesterday, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The last fatality due to the virus was reported on Saturday and the death toll stands at 49.

The news comes as the city released Phase Three guidelines for reopening yesterday. Under the new rules, limits on social gathering will increase from 50 to 250 people; swimming pools will be allowed to open at 75% occupancy; gyms and fitness centers can open indoors at 75% capacity and recreation and entertainment venues can open at 50% capacity. Summer camps, however, will stay closed.

The city’s health department is also recommending that residents are safest at home.

“If you must leave home, you are required to wear a face covering when inside buildings,” the city advised in a release. “Please keep at least 6 feet of distance from others whenever possible. Your neighbors and loved ones are counting on you to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

There are nine new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, and the numbers have steadily increased since the city entered into the second phase of reopening on June 12. There have been 108 new cases of the virus in the city since that date.

It is not clear how many residents have recovered since the first case was announced on March 11, and the latest fatality was reported on Saturday, June 20.

Here is a breakdown of new cases since Alexandria entered into Phase 2:

  • June 12 — Cases increase to 2,128
  • June 13 — Cases increase to 2,134
  • June 14 — Cases increase to 2,151
  • June 15 — Cases increase to 2,160
  • June 16 — Cases increase to 2,168
  • June 17 — Cases increase to 2,175
  • June 18 — Cases increase to 2,186
  • June 19 — Cases increase to 2,198
  • June 20 — Cases increase to 2,217 (Fatalities now at 49)
  • June 21 — Cases increase to 2,227
  • June 22 — Cases increase to 2,236

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

Senior citizens have been severely affected by the virus, and residents above the age of 50 make up all but one of the fatalities.

Statewide, there have been 1,620 reported deaths, and 1,517 of those deaths are confirmed as COVID-related, according to VDH. There are also now 58,465 cases (55,949 confirmed) and 5,869 hospitalizations (including 32 probable cases).

In Alexandria, there are 1,144 females with the virus (with 27 deaths) and 1,083 males (with 22 deaths) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of nine cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 22 deaths, 86 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 15 deaths, 100 cases, 37 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 190 cases, 44 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Nine deaths, 293 cases, 47 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 413 cases, 35 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 524 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 338 cases, seven hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 159 cases, three hospitalizations
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 122 cases, two hospitalizations
  • Missing — 11 cases not listed by age

Photo via Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash

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Morning Notes

Beyer Lauds Supreme Court LGBT Decision — “This is such a big step forward. Employers shouldn’t be able to fire people because of who they are or who they love. After a long and difficult struggle by activists and civil rights organization, an historic decision and a great moment for the country.” [Twitter]

Former Mayor Silberberg Marched in D.C. on Saturday — “All around me, there were poignant reminders of all that had transpired in this location in recent days and weeks — handmade signs attached to the remaining fence and bouquets of flowers. And then that evening, there was breaking news about another tragedy, this time in Atlanta. Heartbreaking.” [Facebook]

Twig Junior Auxiliary Donates $100K to Inova Alexandria Hospital — “The Twig Junior Auxiliary of Inova Alexandria Hospital presented a check for $100,000 to Dr. Rina Bansal for the Inova COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Fund during a May 22 ceremony held outside the hospital’s entrance.” [Gazette]

Feed The Fight ALX Gives Out 5K Meals to Health Care Workers — “Thank you for your continued support, and please continue to follow us in the coming months on Instagram @FeedtheFightALX. We are so grateful to all of our hospital teams and restaurant partners.” [Facebook]

City Recycles 700 Tons of Glass in First Year of Recycling Program — “The City just hit the 1-year mark for the glass recycling program. In that time, 700 tons of glass (1,410,560 lbs) has been recycled through the purple can glass drop-off program. You crushed it Alexandria!” [Facebook]

‘Mind The Mat’ Owner Gets Creative During Pandemic — “I was trying to be this super-serious fitness instructor on camera, and it was not working.” [Washington Post]

Recreation Centers Opening With Modified Schedule June 20 — “These changes are in place to follow the second phase of reopening. Senior-only hours will be introduced to help protect vulnerable persons on the community while providing an opportunity for exercise.” [Zebra]

Scholarship Fund Honoring Awardees With Individualized Social Media Posts — “We’ll be profiling a student each day this week…as they share their joy and gratitude with the Alexandria Community!” [Facebook]

Center for Alexandria’s Children Receives Face Mask Donation — “We received another donation of 100 adult masks and 100 children’s masks for our Learn & PlayGroup families! We are so grateful to Brooksie & Cas and Jenna Adams for investing so much time and energy into making so many great masks.” [Facebook]

Deal: Rent a Pedego Electric Bike, Get Second Rental Half Off — “Pedego Electric Bikes has the perfect solution for cabin fever. Rent one bike and get the second rental 50% off. Enjoy the outdoors, flowers and sunshine with the safest bikes and equipment from Pedego. This offer will be available until further notice.” [Visit Alexandria]

New Job: HR/Office Manager — “Small but busy security company in need of an experienced HR professional who can really multitask. Candidate should be comfortable screening, interviewing and on-boarding applicants.” [Indeed]

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Alexandria had quite a week, and it’s time to look back as it comes to a close.

In addition to moving into the second phase of its economic recovery, there were a number of important events of interest, including the city council’s passage of an ordinance prohibiting firearms on city property, approved the creation of a police review boardcontinued expressions of support for the black community in the wake of the George Floyd Murder, and a renewed effort to rename T.C. Williams High School.

Here are the top 11 most-read articles this week in Alexandria.

  1. BREAKING: Barricade Situation, Suspect Firing on Police on Main Line Boulevard
  2. What Changes When Alexandria Moves Into Phase 2 of Reopening
  3. T.C. Williams High School Renaming Question Resurfaces in Alexandria
  4. Man Wounded in Late Night Old Town Shooting, No Arrests
  5. Photos: Vigils and Protests Against Police Brutality Held in Alexandria
  6. Protests and Vigils for Racial Justice Planned in Alexandria
  7. Old Town Property Once Owned by George Washington For Sale at $4.1 Million
  8. Mayor: Alexandria Could Move into Phase 2 of Reopening Next Week
  9. Morning Notes
  10. Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats Plans to Open Late This Summer in Old Town
  11. Just In: Alexandria Tow Truck Driver Killed on I-495

Feel free to discuss those or other topics in the comments. Have a safe weekend!

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Alexandria formally moved into the second phase of its economic recovery today (Friday), and while some businesses are embracing the easing of restrictions, others are taking a slower approach.

Even though there was only one new reported case of coronavirus in the city today, Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson said that phase 2 does not mean that the city is out of the woods just yet.

“We need our residents and visitors to continue to socially distance, wear masks and stay home when ill,” Wilson told ALXnow. “We are able to ease restrictions because everyone played their part over the past few months. We have more work to do to keep our community safe.”

Under the loosened restrictions, Alexandria restaurants can offer indoor dining at 50% capacity; fitness centers can operate at 30% capacity and pools can operate for exercise.

Bill Blackburn, co-owner of the Homegrown Restaurant Group, is opening the inside of Whiskey & Oyster and Tequila & Taco in Caryle and will continue curbside pickup at Sweet Fire Donna’s, Pork Barrel BBQ and Holy Cow Del Ray.

“Our number one priority is the safety of our employees and customers,” Blackburn told ALXnow. “Every concept is different with layout and footprint, we have to make different decisions for different properties.”

The pandemic closed about half of the city’s 860 permitted food establishments. More than 100 retail and restaurant businesses have received the new ALX Promise accreditation decal, which launched three weeks ago and requires business owners and staff to undergo a training session and sign a pledge to maintain safe and sanitary practices.

Natalie Talis, a population health manager with the Alexandria Health Department, said that 289 businesses have expressed interest in participating in the ALX Promise initiative, which is a partnership with Visit Alexandria, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

“Just because these new phases are happening and businesses are reopening, it doesn’t mean that we can be any less vigilant about washing our hands really frequently, wearing a face-covering in public settings, and also not crowding together,” she said. “We have to keep messaging about that and banging the drum that COVID hasn’t disappeared.”

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Morning Notes

Alexandria Enters Phase 2 of Reopening Economy — “Under phase two, the maximum number of people allowed to gather increases from 10 to 50. Restaurants can open indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, and fitness centers can open at 30 percent capacity.” [Alex Times]

Del. Herring Supports Criminal Justice Reform — “As legislators there is a lot of work ahead of ahead of us. This piece was originally published in 2018 & updated. From policing to solitary confinement this is worth reading & then acting.” [Twitter]

Sheriff and Staff Congratulate T.C. Williams High School Graduates — “You’ve handled it with true Titan spirit — responsibly, creatively and boldly! We’re so proud of you and we will always remember the 2020 Titans!” [Facebook]

Locals Create Face Mask Company — “The masks sell for only $5.00 apiece in packs of 3/$15 for a very breathable fleece, and 3/$20 for the scuba knit. They also have adorable children’s masks, in colorful fabrics, sized appropriately.” [Zebra]

Old Town Books Closed Sunday in Recognition of Black Lives Matter Protestors — “Our storefront will be CLOSED this Sunday, June 14 to stand in solidarity with protestors in Old Town. We’ve also extended our donations from the antiracist reading list on our homepage, with 20% of sales from those books going toward the Black Lives Matter movement. A lot of the books on the list are in high demand right now and are taking a bit longer than usual to receive, so we appreciate your patience as we continue to fulfill all your orders!” [Facebook]

fibre space Staying Closed Until Next Week — “While northern VA will begin phase 2 tomorrow, we will remain closed to the public for in store shopping until some time next week. This will allow us to monitor Nova cases of covid as well as figure out a schedule for the team that balances processing web orders with hosting customers in the shop. More details to come. See you soon.” [Facebook]

Bishop Ireton High School Raises $70K for Annual Fund — “We did it! Thanks to YOU and your generosity, we met our goal of getting a donation from every state (and DC) during our 2020 Annual Fund Day of Giving. We raised more than $70,000 with a number of first time donors. Thank you for supporting Bishop Ireton, our current students and faculty and the future of our school.” [Facebook]

New Job: Event Manager — “The Individual will be responsible managing part and full time employees in operations, logistics, and events. The position requires a strong Project Management background to ensure the continued success of our various events offered throughout the country.” [Indeed]

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There has been another COVID-19 fatality in Alexandria, as the death toll from the virus now stands at 48. There were also two new reported cases, which is the smallest daily increase since March, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The latest fatality was a woman in her 60s. The death is the first since June 9, when two coronavirus-related fatalities were reported.

There are now 2,127 cases of COVID-19, and the curve appears to be flattening in Alexandria as the city prepares for the second phase of reopening its economy on Friday.

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

Senior citizens have been severely affected by the virus, and residents above the age of 50 make up all but one of the fatalities.

Statewide, there have been 1,520 reported deaths (six since yesterday), and 1,413 of those deaths are confirmed as COVID-related, according to VDH. There are now 52,647 cases (50,275 confirmed) and 5,360 hospitalizations (including 29 probable cases).

In Alexandria, there are 1,085 females with the virus (with 26 deaths and 96 hospitalizations) and 1,034 males (with 22 deaths and 122 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of eight cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 21 deaths, 82 cases, 26 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 15 deaths, 98 cases, 35 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — Two deaths, 183 cases, 41 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Nine deaths, 280 cases, 43 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 394 cases, 35 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 496 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 325 cases, six hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 141 cases, two hospitalizations
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 117 cases, two hospitalizations
  • Missing — 11 cases not listed by age

Hispanic and Latino residents make up 17% of the population and lead with the highest number of cases in the city with six deaths, 1,181 cases, 97 total hospitalizations and a 61.1% positivity rate of residents tested.

There are also 156 positive cases associated with 12 outbreaks in the city, and health care workers make up 160 cases. Nine of the outbreaks occurred at long-term care facilities, and at least 15 deaths have occurred at such facilities, although that number has not been updated since the city’s release on May 2. The other outbreaks occurred at “congregate” settings and an educational setting.

Testing Update

There have been 11.219 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows a 7.5% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 1,582 antibody tests in Alexandria. Across Virginia, there have been 405,025 PCR tests administered with a seven-day positivity rate of 8.9% (and 48,844 antibody tests).

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304 and 22305 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 — 69 cases, 716 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 225 cases, 1,391 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 620 cases, 3,512 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 575 cases, 1,941 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 415 cases, 1,958 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 533 cases, 2,113 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 188 cases, 1,699 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

The City acknowledged that VDH and the Alexandria Health Department have “significant gaps in non-reporting of racial and ethnic demographics in this data.”

  • Hispanic or Latino — Six Deaths, 1,181 cases, 101 hospitalizations
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 29 deaths, 894 cases, 78 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — 12 deaths, 322 cases, 57 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 42 deaths, 751 cases, 112 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Five deaths, 413 cases, 18 hospitalizations
  • Other — Two deaths, 498 cases, 65 hospitalizations

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There are 10 more cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, bringing the total number of cases to 2,125, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

No new fatalities were reported and the number of deaths remains at 47. The most recent deaths were a man and woman in their 70s and 80s.

It is not clear how many residents have fully recovered from the virus.

The news comes as Governor Ralph Northam’s stay at home order expired today after nearly two months. Alexandria is also anticipating soon entering into the second phase of reopening its economy.

As the city reopens, it recently shared its Coping with Uncertainty and Fear and Multicultural Resources: Race Based Trauma and Support in Times of Civil Strife web pages.

COVID-19 Age and Sex Breakdown

Senior citizens have been severely affected by the virus, and residents above the age of 50 make up all but one of the fatalities.

Statewide, there have been 1,514 reported deaths (18 since yesterday), and 1,408 of those deaths are confirmed to have been COVID-related, according to VDH. There are now 52,177 cases (49,785 confirmed) and 5,272 hospitalizations (including 32 probable cases).

There are 1,084 females with the virus (with 25 deaths and 95 hospitalizations) and 1,033 males (with 21 deaths and 121 hospitalizations) who tested positive for COVID-19 in the city. The sex of eight cases was not reported.

  • 80+     — 21 deaths, 83 cases, 26 hospitalizations
  • 70-79 — 15 deaths, 98 cases, 35 hospitalizations
  • 60-69 — One deaths, 183 cases, 40 hospitalizations
  • 50-59 — Nine deaths, 281 cases, 42 hospitalizations
  • 40-49 — Zero deaths, 395 cases, 33 hospitalizations
  • 30-39 — Zero deaths, 493 cases, 28 hospitalizations
  • 20-29 — One death, 323 cases, six hospitalizations
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 139 cases, two hospitalizations
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 117 cases, two hospitalizations
  • Missing — 12 cases not listed by age

Hispanic and Latino residents make up 17% of the population and lead with the highest number of cases in the city with six deaths, 1,177 cases, 97 total hospitalizations and a 61.2% positivity rate of residents tested.

There are also 154 positive cases associated with 12 outbreaks in the city, and health care workers make up 159 cases. Nine of the outbreaks occurred at long-term care facilities, and at least 15 deaths have occurred at such facilities, although that number has not been updated since the city’s release on May 2. The other outbreaks occurred at “congregate” settings and an educational setting.

Testing Update

There have been 10,938 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests administered in Alexandria so far, and the city’s seven-day positivity rate shows an 8.5% infection rate of those tested. There have also been 1,539 antibody tests in Alexandria. Across Virginia, there have been 395,972 PCR tests administered with a seven-day positivity rate of 9% (and 47,514 antibody tests).

Cases By ZIP Code

VDH did not update ZIP code data since Saturday.

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304 and 22305 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 — 69 cases, 698 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 223 cases, 1,380 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 615 cases, 3,462 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 575 cases, 1,914 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 416 cases, 1,948 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 530 cases, 2,072 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 187 cases, 1,669 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

The City acknowledged that VDH and the Alexandria Health Department have “significant gaps in non-reporting of racial and ethnic demographics in this data.”

  • Hispanic or Latino — Six Deaths, 1,177 cases, 101 hospitalizations
  • White, non-Hispanic residents — 27 deaths, 891 cases, 78 hospitalizations
  • Black/African American residents — 12 deaths, 320 cases, 56 hospitalizations
  • Not Hispanic or Latino — 38 deaths, 747 cases, 110 hospitalizations
  • Not reported — Six deaths, 416 cases, 18 hospitalizations
  • Other — Two deaths, 498 cases, 64 hospitalizations

Staff photo by James Cullum

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