Alexandria, VA

With COVID-19 cases on the rise and the holiday travel season upon us, the Alexandria School Board on Monday approved a recommendation by Superintendent Gregory Hutchings, Jr. to delay an in-person plan bringing students back to school until January 2021.

Specifically, the move delays bringing back kindergarten through fifth graders with disabilities who receive self-contained Language Arts and Math, which was planned for Nov. 30, and middle schoolers in the citywide special education program in December. No new set dates were presented, and Hutchings told the Board on Monday that he is following the advice of the Alexandria Health Department and does not want to act impulsively.

“This global pandemic is not getting better,” Hutchings said. “We could be entering the most deadly phase of this pandemic, with all the travel that’s happening right now in Thanksgiving, as well as the travel that’s going to happen over the winter break.”

COVID-19 cases in Alexandria reached 5,051 on Tuesday, an increase of 41 cases since the previous day. The rise in cases is similar to what was seen in April and May, according to Alexandria Health Department Director Dr. Stephen Haering.

“We’re seeing increases across the board,” Haering said. “It’s an all age groups. This department, the city, I think everybody is really focused on reducing the transmission in order to prevent this from affecting our most vulnerable population — our elderly and those with underlying conditions that can put them at severe risk.”

ACPS staff also presented the board with results from its intent to return form, which was completed by 100% of ACPS employees. Out of the 2,601 respondents, approximately 55% of staff are able to return to work on-site at this time, while the remaining 45% of staff are impacted by COVID-related concerns.

Earlier this month, staffing issues kept Alexandria City Public Schools from expanding in-person learning for students with disabilities in grades 3-5 and who are in the citywide Special Education program.

The school system is currently evaluating several learning models for the future, including “concurrent teaching,” which would allow in-person and virtual classes to be held at the same time. If a teacher is not able to return under this model, they could still appear via video from home, while an adult supervises the classroom.

“The teaching will still occur from from that instructor, regardless of where the teacher is so they can be at home,” Hutchings said.

The School Board approved Hutchings’ plan to bring back in-person schooling last month. Staff reported that they are still working on bringing back kids to school, although ACPS presented no new timeline. The previous timeline is below.

  • November 30: Expand to include Students with Disabilities in grades K-5  instruction who opt into in-person learning
  • December 2020: Expand to include Students with Disabilities in grades 6-8 who are enrolled in the Citywide Special Education program who opt into in-person learning
  • January 2021: Expand to include all remaining students in grades PreK-5 who opt into in-person learning
  • February 2021: Expand to include all remaining students in grades 6-8 who opt into in-person learning
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An Alexandria man in his 30s is the latest victim of COVID-19, as the number of cases in the city has ballooned over the past week.

The death count from the virus now stands at 77 in Alexandria.

There are or have been 5,010 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria since the first case was reported in March, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That’s an increase of 312 cases since Nov. 16. Mayor Justin Wilson tweeted that the city has not seen such an increase of cases since May.

There have also been 348 total hospitalizations since the onset of the pandemic in Alexandria. About one in 13 city residents who tested positive for the virus have been hospitalized, according to the Alexandria Health Department.

The city is also advising residents to stay home this Thanksgiving, and on Saturday the annual Christmas Tree lighting at Market Square was celebrated virtually.

According to the city:

The best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 remain wearing a mask in public, maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others, and frequently washing your hands or carrying and using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Help your loved ones and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, and download the Virginia Department of Health’s COVIDWISE app to be quickly and anonymously notified of likely exposure to the virus.

Across Virginia, there have been 3,942 deaths and there are or have been 221,038 cases of the virus. There have been 3.2 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 7.2%.

Demographics

There are or have been 2,603 women (with 38 deaths) and 2,394 men (with 39 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death so far are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 33 deaths, 140 cases
  • 70-79 — 21 deaths, 163 cases
  • 60-69 — Five deaths, 371 cases
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 606 cases
  • 40-49 — One death, 859 cases
  • 30-39 — Two deaths, 1,140 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 1,011 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 342 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 361 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 2,191 reported cases (with 13 deaths), white residents with 1,089 cases (40 deaths), and Black residents with 1,025 cases (19 deaths). There are 178 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (and one death), 133 cases classified as “other” (with two deaths) and four native American cases (no deaths).

There have also been 41 outbreaks in the city, including 12 at long term care facilities, 22 in congregate settings, four in child care settings, one at a college, one in a K-12 setting and one at a correctional facility.

There have been 505 cases associated with the outbreaks. Health care workers also make up 336 positive COVID cases, according to VDH.

Testing Update

There have been 61,582 COVID tests administered in the city so far and 5,966 antibody tests. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 6%.

  • Arlington County has 5,856 cases, 157 deaths and a 7.1% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 29,089 cases, 629 deaths and a 8.3% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 9,345 cases, 139 deaths and a 8% seven-day positivity rate

Need a test? Inova is now offering vehicle-side and walk-in testing services for diagnosing flu and COVID-19, at the Victory Center parking lot (5001 Eisenhower Avenue).

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 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 — 193 cases, 5,393 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 557 cases, 9,712 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 1,573 cases, 18,245 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 989 cases, 7,183 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 869 cases, 8,295 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 1,260 cases, 10,424 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 570 cases, 12,754 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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The city’s partnership with Neighborhood Health is continuing this month with a series of four free COVID-19 testing events in the city.

Testing covers everyone above the age of two, though anyone under 18 requires a parent or guardian present. Bringing ID and insurance cards is encouraged, but not required.

Testing events are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday (Nov. 17) — 4-7 p.m. at Flora Krouse Casey Health Center (1200 N. Howard Street)
  • Thursday (Nov. 19) — 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Road)
  • Saturday (Nov. 21) —  11 a.m.-2 p.m. at William Ramsay Recreation Center (5650 Sanger Avenue)
  • Monday (Nov. 23) — 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Armistead Boothe Park (520 Cameron Station Blvd.)

“All community testing events are walk-up only (no appointment necessary),” the city said on its website. “Please expect to wait 30 minute to one hour from your time of arrival. In order to expedite the check-in process, you may pre-register by calling 703.647.6160, but please note that a pre-registration does not allow you to skip the line.”

nStaff photo by James Cullum

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There are or have been 4,698 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria since the first case was reported in March, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

As case counts are growing throughout the region, Governor Ralph Northam’s newest restrictions also took effect Sunday night.

According to the City:

  • All public and private in-person indoor and outdoor gatherings must be limited to 25, down from the current 250
  • Everyone ages 5 and over will be required to wear masks in indoor public places, which is a decrease from the current age of 10
  • All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to state guidelines for physical distancing, requiring face masks and enhanced sanitization. Violations will now be enforceable by the Virginia Department of Health as Class 1 misdemeanors. AHD and the City anticipate additional guidance in the coming days.
  • Onsite alcohol sales, consumption and possession after 10 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room will be prohibited, and all such establishments must close by midnight. Bar areas of restaurants remain closed.

The City says that community transmission has shifted from low to moderate and there are now about 20 cases being reported every day.

“Regional hospitalizations, including the use of intensive care units and ventilators have also increased, suggesting that severe outcomes from COVID-19 persist despite the additional availability of testing and treatment options,” according to the city.

The death count from the virus remains unchanged at 76. Of the deaths, 98% have been residents above the age of 50.

Demographics

There are or have been 2,421 women (with 38 deaths) and 2,264 men (with 38 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death so far are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 33 deaths, 132 cases
  • 70-79 — 21 deaths, 156 cases
  • 60-69 — Five deaths, 350 cases
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 577 cases
  • 40-49 — One death, 810 cases
  • 30-39 — One death, 1,068 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 932 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 326 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 334 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 2,098 reported cases (with 13 deaths), white residents with 995 cases (40 deaths), and Black residents with 973 cases (19 deaths). There are 168 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (and one death), 127 cases classified as “other” (with two deaths) and four native American cases.

There have also been 39 outbreaks in the city, including 12 at long term care facilities, 20 in congregate settings, four in child care settings, one at a college, one in a K-12 setting and one at a correctional facility.

There have been 467 cases associated with the outbreaks. Health care workers also make up 319 positive COVID cases, according to VDH.

Across Virginia, there have been 3,806 deaths and there are or have been 204,637 cases of the virus. There have been 2.9 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 7.3%.

Testing Update

There have been 56,985 COVID tests administered in the city so far and 5,622 antibody tests. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 5.1%.

  • Arlington County has 5,380 cases, 157 deaths and a 6.8% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 25,095 cases, 625 deaths and a 7.4% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 8,894 cases, 136 deaths and a 8.3% seven-day positivity rate

Need a test? Inova is now offering vehicle-side and walk-in testing services for diagnosing flu and COVID-19, at the Victory Center parking lot (5001 Eisenhower Avenue).

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 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 — 179 cases, 4,932 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 505 cases, 8,958 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 1,478 cases, 16,965 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 953 cases, 6,737 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 820 cases, 7,809 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 1,174 cases, 9,820 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 534 cases, 11,584 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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People tend to fall into familiar patterns, and Alexandria Psychologist Dr. Eleni Boosalis wants her new podcast to help folks get unstuck.

“The pandemic has caused about half of people in the U.S. to have symptoms of anxiety and depression that are pretty severe,” Boosalis told ALXnow. “We also don’t have the benefit of social connections, or routine and predictability. It just seems like from moment to moment we don’t know what’s gonna happen, so everyone’s just in this perpetual state of anxiety right now.”

Boosalis, the owner of Del Ray Psych & Wellness, launched “Why Does This Keep Happening To Me? with Dr. B” on Tuesday (Nov. 10). The shows will be a mix of monologues and conversations about helpful topics.

Boosalis says that her nine therapists have a four month waitlist and she is considering hiring more help.

“We have seen an increase in couples therapy requests, and we have also seen an increase in like substance abuse, depression, panic disorders, and things like that,” she said.

Boosalis has been a psychologist for the last 15 years, and she constantly hears her clients say, “Why does this keep happening to me? I feel stuck.”

“There’s this phenomenon that’s called the repetition compulsion in one of the models of psychotherapy,” she said. “The idea is that we all compulsively repeat and recreate patterns in our life where we feel powerless. We learned that from childhood.”

Boosalis said that improving your state of mind begins with mindfulness.

“Even if it’s uncomfortable, we’re comfortable in our discomfort at times,” she said. “If we can slow down and be in the moment and notice our thoughts, and notice the patterns of our thoughts and the patterns of our choices, then that leads a person to that ‘Aha!’ moment, where you know why you did that, because there’s usually no gap between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. People act, think and feel all at once in one second. The goal is to separate those out and be more aware of yourself.”

Photo via Del Ray Psych and Wellness/Facebook

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There are or have been 4,517 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria since the first case was reported in March, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The City says that community transmission has shifted from low to moderate and there are now about 20 cases being reported every day. That’s roughly the pace of new cases being reported during late July and August.

“Regional hospitalizations, including the use of intensive care units and ventilators have also increased, suggesting that severe outcomes from COVID-19 persist despite the additional availability of testing and treatment options,” according to the city.

Alexandria is also recommending residents stay home this Thanksgiving and celebrate the holidays virtually.

The death count from the virus remains unchanged since last week at 76. Of the 76 deaths, 98% have been residents above the age of 50.

Demographics

There are or have been 2,331 women (with 38 deaths) and 2,173 men (with 38 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death so far are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 33 deaths, 130 cases
  • 70-79 — 21 deaths, 153 cases
  • 60-69 — Five deaths, 334 cases
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 562 cases
  • 40-49 — One death, 774 cases
  • 30-39 — One death, 1,031 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 882 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 317 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 322 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 2,034 reported cases (with 13 deaths), white residents with 944 cases (40 deaths), and Black residents with 938 cases (19 deaths). There are 168 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (and one death), 124 cases classified as “other” (with two deaths) and four native American cases.

There have also been 39 outbreaks in the city, including 12 at long term care facilities, 20 in congregate settings, four in child care settings, one at a college, one in a K-12 setting and one at a correctional facility.

There have been 464 cases associated with the outbreaks. Health care workers also make up 307 positive COVID cases, according to VDH.

Across Virginia, there have been 3,713 deaths and there are or have been 193,447 cases of the virus. There have been 2.8 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 6.1%.

Testing Update

There have been 54,191 COVID tests administered in the city so far and 5,475 antibody tests. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 4.3%.

  • Arlington County has 5,060 cases, 155 deaths and a 4.9% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 25,715 cases, 609 deaths and a 5.7% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 8,413 cases, 134 deaths and a 7% seven-day positivity rate

Need a test? Inova is now offering vehicle-side and walk-in testing services for diagnosing flu and COVID-19, at the Victory Center parking lot (5001 Eisenhower Avenue).

Also, this week the City and Neighborhood Health are hosting two free COVID-19 testing pop-ups.

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 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 — 176 cases, 4,697 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 487 cases, 8,352 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 1,426 cases, 16,214 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 905 cases, 6,401 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 799 cases, 7,524 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 1,142 cases, 9,460 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 506 cases, 11,003 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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Two more Alexandria residents have died from COVID-19, and the total case count in the city since the pandemic started in March is now at 4,444. That’s an increase of 81 cases since Monday.

A woman and a man in their 80s are the latest victims of the virus, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Of the 76 deaths, 98% have been residents above the age of 50.

Additionally, Inova Alexandra hospital is at 68% capacity, which Mayor Justin Wilson said “is perfectly normal.”

“They have right now 12 patients that they are treating in Inova Alexandria (Hospital) who are COVID-positive,” Wilson reported in his monthly town hall meeting on Thursday night. “And they have another 17 patients that are under investigation. These are folks who may likely have COVID but have not yet tested positive.”

Health care workers also make up 305 positive COVID cases, according to VDH.

Demographics

There are or have been 2,297 women (with 38 deaths) and 2,134 men (with 38 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death so far are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 33 deaths, 130 cases
  • 70-79 — 21 deaths, 152 cases
  • 60-69 — Five deaths, 329 cases
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 556 cases
  • 40-49 — One death, 764 cases
  • 30-39 — One death, 1,009 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 867 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 314 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 311 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 2,015 reported cases (with 13 deaths), and Black (19 deaths) and white residents (40 deaths) both have 927 cases apiece. There are 162 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (and one death), 108 cases classified as “other” (with two deaths) and four native American cases.

There have also been 35 outbreaks in the city, including 12 at long term care facilities, 17 in congregate settings, four in child care settings, one at a college and one in a K-12 setting. There have been 455 cases associated with the outbreaks.

Across Virginia, there have been 3,682 deaths and there are or have been 188,770 cases of the virus. There have been 2.7 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 5.9%.

Testing Update

There have been 53,065 COVID tests administered in the city so far and 5,414 antibody tests. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 3.8%.

  • Arlington County has 4,919 cases, 154 deaths and a 4.9% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 25,152 cases, 609 deaths and a 5.3% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 8,225 cases, 134 deaths and a 6.3% seven-day positivity rate

Need a test? Inova is now offering vehicle-side and walk-in testing services for diagnosing flu and COVID-19, at the Victory Center parking lot (5001 Eisenhower Avenue).

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 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 — 171 cases, 4,57653 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 480 cases, 8,174 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 1,398 cases, 15,883 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 890 cases, 6,271 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 792 cases, 7,417 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 1,123 cases, 9,280 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 496 cases, 10,744 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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Morning Notes

Beyer Says Trump Only Cares About Himself — “Trump doesn’t care about legal principles or the law. Trump doesn’t care about fair counts, and he doesn’t care about our democratic norms. Trump doesn’t care about his oath to protect the Constitution. The only thing Donald Trump cares about is Donald Trump.” [Twitter]

Mas Seafood to Open Retail Space in Old Town — “From the previous North Henry Street location, they supplied restaurants in Alexandria and Arlington, including Daniel O’Connell’s Pub, Fontaine Caffe & Creperie, Alexandria Pasty Shop and Belle Haven Pizzeria. While they had always been interested in doing retail sales, it wasn’t until the COVID-19 pandemic upended their market that they were able to make the shift — almost by accident.” [Alexandria Living]

Outcasts Brass Band Jazzes Up Old Town — “Band members who can wear masks while playing wear their masks, and all band members wear masks in between songs. They also stand farther apart from one another and encourage audiences to practice social distancing and wear masks.” [Alex Times]

Alexandrian Sending Space Cube to Moon — “Alexandria’s Hudson Merrick is going to take a selfie in space. At least that is part of what he what he and 19 other carefully selected students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are attempting in the latest space mission, the EagleCam CubeSat camera system. The first-of-its-kind student-led project aims to snap a third-person ‘selfie’ of a lunar lander touching down on the moon.” [Zebra]

DCHS Helping Residents with Medicare Open Enrollment — “Do you or someone you know need assistance with Medicare Open Enrollment? The Department of Community and Human Services can help. The Medicare health insurance program–for people age 65 or older, or under age 65 with certain disabilities or disease–encourages all enrollees to review their plans  to ensure the plans meet their needs. Open enrollment ends December 7.” [City of Alexandria]

Today’s Weather — “Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 72F. Winds light and variable. A mostly clear sky (in the evening). Low 46F. Winds light and variable.”[Weather.com]

New Job: Ministry Program Associate — “This is a full-time position at the Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) located in Alexandria, Virginia. The incumbent is under the day-to-day supervision of the Liaison for Ministries and serves as Ministry Program Associate. This role is primarily responsible for providing direction and leadership to ministry leaders and staff in the areas of ministry program development, volunteer and event management and new ministry development.” [Indeed]

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There are or have been 4,363 total cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, which is an increase of 133 cases since last Monday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There have also been 325 total hospitalizations in the city (an increase of two hospitalizations since this time last week). The death count still stands at 74 with two probable cases associated with the virus.

The Alexandria Health Department says that one in 13 infected Alexandrians has been hospitalized.

According to the city:

An estimated 66% of Virginia adults who become infected never have symptoms, so everyone must maintain at least six feet of distance from others, wear a mask over both the nose and mouth, and carry and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethyl alcohol. Be prepared to help your family and neighbors by answering a call from AHD if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

Across Virginia, there have been 3,658 deaths and there are or have been 183,418 cases of the virus. There have been 2.7 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 5.8%.

Demographic, Age and Sex Breakdown

Of the 74 deaths, 96% have been residents above the age of 50.

Latino residents have the most infections with 1,992 reported cases, followed by white residents with 905 cases, Black residents with 903 cases, Asian or Pacific Islander residents with 162 cases, 108 cases classified as “other” and four native American cases.

There are or have been 2,260 women (with 37 deaths) and 2,090 men (with 37 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death so far are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 31 deaths, 130 cases (Two new cases)
  • 70-79 — 21 deaths, 150 cases (Four new cases)
  • 60-69 — Five deaths, 324 cases (10 new cases)
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 548 cases (17 new cases)
  • 40-49 — One death, 754 cases (24 new cases)
  • 30-39 — One death, 986 cases (30 new cases)
  • 20-29 — One death, 845 cases (28 new cases)
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 308 cases (Seven new cases)
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 305 cases (Nine new cases)

Testing Update

There have been 51,621 COVID tests administered in the city so far and 5,343 antibody tests. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 4.4%.

  • Arlington County has 4,778 cases, 154 deaths and a 4.2% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 24,642 cases, 620 deaths and a 5.3% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 8,048 cases, 132 deaths and a 6.2% seven-day positivity rate

Need a test? Inova is now offering vehicle-side and walk-in testing services for diagnosing flu and COVID-19, at the Victory Center parking lot (5001 Eisenhower Avenue).

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 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 — 161 cases, 4,453 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 475 cases, 7,867 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 1,380 cases, 15,485 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 872 cases, 6,131 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 782 cases, 7,298 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 1,101 cases, 9,043 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 481 cases, 10,387 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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Alexandria is warning residents that toxic marijuana laced with “unusual substances” has led to four recent overdoses in Prince William County.

“One person died, and the other three were revived with Narcan (naloxone), suggesting that the marijuana may have been mixed with opioids,” the city said in a release. “While use of any illegal drug is dangerous, City officials are urging residents to be especially cautious given these recent overdoses.”

There have been 10 fatal opioid overdoses in Alexandria this year, and 62 non-fatal overdoses as of August 25, according to the city.

Virginia decriminalized marijuana on July 1, and there is a civil fine of $25 for possessing up to an ounce.

The Alexandria Health Department offers Narcan for free by calling 703-746-4888, and the medication will be shipped for free for residents who contact the city’s opioid response coordinator at [email protected]

According to the city:

If you or someone you care about needs help with addiction, call 703.746.3636 (Virginia Relay 711), 24 hours a day. Individuals who do not live in Alexandria can find treatment options at samhsa.gov or by calling 800.662.HELP (4357).

If you have information regarding past overdoses, call the Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4444.

For life-threatening situations, call or text 911 immediately.

For more information on the opioid crisis and how the City is responding, including a printable flyer on overdose symptoms and how to get help, visit  alexandriava.gov/Opioids.

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Where are Alexandrians getting COVID-19 these days?

A majority of recent coronavirus cases in Alexandria might be the result of contacts at home, indoor gatherings and eating out, according to the Alexandria Health Department.

“The activities an individual participant reported may or may not have been the sources of COVID-19 exposure for that individual; however, they do demonstrate trends and suggest common links for people who become ill,” according to AHD.

The department interviewed 422 city residents with the virus from September 21 to October 19, and discovered the following trends:

  • 44% lived with someone who recently had COVID-19
  • 25% went to their workplace
  • 10% went to a public event, social gathering, or entertainment activity, with most gatherings occurring indoors
  • 7% travelled outside of the Alexandria/D.C. area, with most travel in the U.S.
  • 7% went to a restaurant or bar, with two-thirds eating indoors and one-third eating outdoors

The Health Department recommends that residents avoid travel as much as possible, limit gatherings, wear face masks and take precautions when a family member tests positive for the virus.

There have been 74 confirmed COVID-related deaths in Alexandria, and there are or have been 4,248 cases since the pandemic started in March, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

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There are or have been 4,230 total cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, which is an increase of 107 cases since last Monday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There have also been 325 total hospitalizations in the city (an increase of two hospitalizations since this time last week). The death count stands at 74 with two probable cases associated with the virus.

The Alexandria Health Department says that one in 12 infected Alexandrians have been hospitalized.

Across Virginia, there have been 3,581 deaths and there are or have been 174,275 cases of the virus. There have been 2.53 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is at 5%.

Demographic, Age and Sex Breakdown

Of the 74 deaths, 96% have been residents above the age of 50.

Latino residents have the most infections with 1,939 reported cases, followed by Black residents with 877 cases, white residents with 850 cases, Asian or Pacific Islander residents with 158 cases, 96 cases classified as “other” and four native American cases.

There are or have been 2,193 women (with 37 deaths) and 2,024 men (with 37 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death so far are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 31 deaths, 128 cases (Three new cases)
  • 70-79 — 21 deaths, 146 cases (Three new cases)
  • 60-69 — Five deaths, 314 cases (15 new cases)
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 531 cases (24 new cases)
  • 40-49 — One death, 730 cases (37 new cases)
  • 30-39 — One death, 956 cases (29 new cases)
  • 20-29 — One death, 817 cases (51 new cases)
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 301 cases (Nine new cases)
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 296 cases (16 new cases)

Testing Update

There have been 49,808 COVID tests administered in the city so far and 5,166 antibody tests. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 4.9%.

  • Arlington County has 4,562 cases, 154 deaths and a 3.3% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 23,695 cases, 621 deaths and a 4.2% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 7,784 cases, 130 deaths and a 4.5% seven-day positivity rate

Need a test? Inova is now offering vehicle-side and walk-in testing services for diagnosing flu and COVID-19, at the Victory Center parking lot (5001 Eisenhower Avenue).

Cases By ZIP Code

The areas of the city with the leading number of cases are the 22304, 22305 and 22312 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 — 156 cases, 4,198 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 454 cases, 7,435 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 1,334 cases, 14,746 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 848 cases, 5,869 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 771 cases, 7,021 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 1,067 cases, 8,616 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 454 cases, 9,811 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

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