Alexandria, VA

With an estimated 25,000 Alexandria residents on the waitlist for the COVID-19 vaccine, Northern Virginia’s Congressional delegation want the Biden administration to include a community vaccination site for the region in its plan to defeat the virus.

Virginia Democrats Don Beyer (D-8th), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-11th) and Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-10th) wrote the acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday, and asked that Northern Virginia be included in the administration’s plan to install 100 federally run mass vaccination sites throughout the country.

“We believe Northern Virginia to be well suited for such a site,” the letter states. “The city of Alexandria, comprising 160,000 people, has a vaccine waiting list of over 25,000, and neighboring Fairfax County has a vaccine waiting list of over 100,000 people.”

As of Jan. 21, the Alexandria Health Department reported getting nearly 20,000 pre-registrations for vaccines, “and yet Alexandria will likely be receiving less than 2,000 doses per week for the next three to four weeks.”

“We have plenty of capacity to administer vaccines,” Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson told ALXnow. “We have nowhere near enough vaccines to administer. The issue is supply.”

The Victory Center on Eisenhower Avenue is being prepped for vaccine distribution by the Inova Health System, although they are not yet scheduling appointments, according to the Washington Post.

According to FEMA, the Interagency Vaccination Task Force and FEMA’s regional offices will establish the new community vaccination centers.

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Alexandria’s COVID-19 deaths are now at 101, and the number of cases has reached 9,121.

That’s five more deaths and 311 cases since this time last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The fatal victims were in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

“This grim milestone is an important reminder that COVID-19 is still active in Alexandria and that every resident has a role in stopping the spread, particularly to safeguard those at highest risk of severe illness and death,” according to the Alexandria Health Department. “While the arrival of vaccines offers hope that a return to normalcy is within reach, it may still be many months until the majority of Alexandrians are fully protected.”

Across Virginia, there have been 6,081 deaths and there are or have been 478,619 cases of the virus. There have also been 5.1 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 12.6%.

According to Mayor Justin Wilson, the numbers are similar to what the city was experiencing over the summer.

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Morning Notes

Beyer Says Congress Needs to Pass COVID-19 Relief Bill — “Last week was the 44th week in a row in which more Americans filed new unemployment claims than in any week on record prior to 2020. Damage from delaying relief still hitting American families, which shows how important it is for Congress to move quickly on the next relief bill.” [Twitter]

Mayor Says Alexandria Needs More COVID-19 Vaccines — “My friend @JeffreyCMcKay is absolutely right. NoVa jurisdictions have been planning for administration of vaccinations for months. We have the staffing, volunteers, processes and community partnerships in place to vaccinate our population. We just need more vaccine doses.” [Twitter]

Alexandria Fire Department Protected Potomac During Inauguration — “#DCsBravest also played a key role in helping to protect the waterways during the inauguration. Our Fireboats worked in conjunction with @DCPoliceDept Harbor Division, @USCG @AlexandriaVAFD and other maritime assets.” [Twitter]

Democrat Kirk McPike Announces Run for City Council — “As our city recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need leaders who are ready for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. My experience on commissions that deal with housing affordability and the city budget, along with my work in legislative offices, have prepared me to serve on the City Council in these trying times.” [kirkmcpike.com]

ALX-OPOLY Game Available for Pre-Order — “You can now order ALX-OPOLY in any quantity! Explore one of our nation’s most fascinating cities from the comfort of your living room. No matter which space you land on, you’ll see how this city has charmed residents and visitors from around the world.” [ChamberALX]

Today’s Weather — “Sunny along with a few clouds (during the day). High 51F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. A few clouds from time to time (in the evening). Low 27F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.” [Weather.com]

New Job: Dog Daycare Pack Leader — “We are looking for responsible individuals that love dogs but are also capable of working with a group of dogs in a dog daycare setting. YOU MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE EITHER IN A DOG DAYCARE OR VET. OWNING A DOG IS NOT THAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE. We are looking for an individual that is committed to dogs and their care. You need to be attentive – be able to follow a set of daily activities with the dogs, and be able to be on your feet for the majority of your work day.” [Indeed]

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has expanded the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations, and the city is warning that an increase in “abusive, aggressive, and disrespectful calls received by AHD’s COVID-19 Hotline” will not be tolerated.

“Those now eligible include people 65 and older, as well as Virginians 16 to 64 who have preexisting conditions that make them more vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19,” the city reported. “AHD and the City will not tolerate the mistreatment of staff or volunteers, and abusive calls will be ended.”

Additionally, anyone who completed the city’s pre-registration form for Phase 1c but are now eligible for Phase 1b will soon be notified about scheduling an appointment for the first round of the inoculation.

The city says that anyone who makes such calls will be hung up on. Instead of calling the hotline, the city is asking eligible residents to register online.

Photo via CDC on Upsplash

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In contrast to the mainly virtual events of 2020, an in-person vaccination held at T.C. Williams High School today had an air of cautious optimism as Alexandria City Public Schools staff received the first round of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Governor Ralph Northam and Mayor Justin Wilson were in attendance, along with several others in the City Council and local leadership.

Northam said combatting coronavirus has been a team effort on both a state and local level.

“The hope we’re seeing — the light at the end of the tunnel — is the vaccine,” Northam said. “We need more shots in people’s arms… We’re hoping to have a majority of Virginians vaccinated by mid-summer.”

Wilson said that the end of the pandemic is in sight.

“We’re almost there, ” Wilson said. “The governor and I are runners and we know at about mile 21 or 22 things start to fall apart… but we’re almost to the finish line.”

The event was sponsored by ACPS and featured a bevy of local leaders and media — many looking a little scruffier than they did in January 2020 with the year of insanity manifesting in eclectic fashion choices and longer hair. Visiting dignitaries were seemingly an afterthought for the mix as Alexandrians relished a chance to swap in-person gossip.

The main event was the start of system-wide vaccination with Danielle Thorne — a geometry teacher at T.C. Williams High School — and Superintendent Gregory Hutchings.

“It’s the best shot I’ve ever had,” Thorne said. “I’m excited, there’s a real sense of relief.”

The shots were administered by Leanne Desmond, the school nurse at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School. Desmond said she’s administered a few shots already, but was excited that many of her colleagues at MacArthur had signed up to get their vaccine today.

“A lot of people from our school are coming today,” said Desmond. “It’s exciting that staff I work with are starting to get it.” Read More

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After receiving approval from the state, Mayor Justin Wilson announced on Twitter than Alexandria is moving into the next phase of vaccine distribution.

The new wave of distribution, listed as 1B, opens up the vaccine to several new essential professions. Healthcare workers were able to recieve the vaccine under phase 1A.

Those in groups 1B or 1C, or their employers, can register online for vaccination.

“If you are an individual employee of an essential organization, please tell your supervisor to arrange for one person to register on behalf of all staff via this link,” the state said on its website. “Your employer will then be given instructions on when and how to upload all employees for vaccine appointments.”

The first vaccinations for teachers will be given tomorrow at T.C. Williams High School.

Phase 1C will open vaccination up to at-risk adults, such as those over 65 years old or have a disease that would put them at greater risk.

Phases 1B and 1C open the vaccine to several types of essential workers, including:

  • Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff
  • Corrections and Homeless Shelters
  • Energy, Finance, Agriculture, Food Service, Grocery Store Workers
  • Housing Construction
  • Information Technology and Communication
  • Institutions of Higher Education Faculty and Staff
  • Legal, Mail Carriers (USPS and Private)
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Officials Needed to Maintain Continuity of Government
  • Other Public Health Workers
  • Police, Fire, Hazmat Workers
  • Public Safety (Engineers)
  • Public Transit Workers, Transportation and Logistics, Water and Wastewater.

Wilson said on Twitter that it’s unclear when the city will move into phase 1C but said he suspects it “will be a while.”

Photo via CDC/Unsplash

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Morning Notes

Details Emerge in New Landmark Mall Plan — “Construction will happen over several years, likely starting with the demolition of the Landmark Mall building as early as 2022.” [Alexandria Living Magazine]

Office of Historic Alexandria Debuts Parker-Gray Commemorative Website — “Today the Office of Historic Alexandria launched a website to honor the opening of Parker-Gray High School in 1920. The page provides a wealth of history, including information about alumni, staff, and faculty.” [Zebra]

Alexandria Health Department Vaccinates Healthcare Workers — “Between December 24 and January 4, AHD administered 1,032 doses of vaccine, over the course of three vaccination events.” [City of Alexandria]

Bishop Ireton Seeking New Principal — “Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia seeks candidates for the position of Principal, with an official start date of July 1, 2021” [National Board for Professional Teacher Standards]

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As Alexandria’s COVID-19 caseload continues to grow, the city is encouraging residents to participate in an upcoming virtual discussion with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

There are now 7,230 cases of COVID-19 in Alexandria, and the death toll has risen to 87. The most recent fatality was a woman in her 40s, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Across Virginia, there are 344,345 cases and there have been 4,984 deaths.

The free discussion on Friday, Jan. 8, is being hosted by Governor Ralph Northam’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Equity, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center.

Fauci says that vaccination targets have been missed so far this month, and expects the pandemic to get worse before it gets better.

The conversation is part of the “Facts & Faith Friday” group that has met to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community.

Registration is required for the event, and participants need to fill out a questionnaire with their basic information, including age, race, sex and whether they have a specific question for Fauci.

Image via NIAID

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Three more Alexandria residents have died from COVID-19, and the death toll from the virus now stands at 86. The city has also reached 7,107 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 390 cases since this time last week.

The victims were two men and a woman. Two victims were in their 80s and one was in their 70s, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

On the vaccine front, 392 vaccines have been administered to health care workers and seniors in Alexandria. There have been more than 200,000 doses of the vaccine distributed across Virginia, and a total of 41,709 first doses of the vaccine have been administered.

There have also been 426 total hospitalizations since the onset of the pandemic in Alexandria, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Across Virginia, there have been 4,861 deaths and there are or have been 336,175 cases of the virus. There have also been 4.2 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 12.3%.

Demographics

There are or have been 3,720 women (with 39 deaths) and 3,367 men (with 46 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 38 deaths, 186 cases
  • 70-79 — 21 deaths, 231 cases
  • 60-69 — Nine deaths, 529 cases
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 845 cases
  • 40-49 — One death, 1,220 cases
  • 30-39 — Two deaths, 1,643 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 1,428 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 496 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 506 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 2,793 reported cases (with 15 deaths), white residents with 1,632 cases (46 deaths), and Black residents with 1,398 cases (21 deaths). There are 285 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (one death), 196 cases classified as “other” (two deaths) and seven native American cases (no deaths).

There have also been 63 outbreaks in the city (an increase of seven since last week), including 19 at long term care facilities, 33 in congregate settings, six in child care settings, one at a college, one in a K-12 setting and two at a correctional facility. There have been 664 cases associated with the outbreaks. Health care workers also make up 434 positive COVID cases, according to VDH.

Testing Update

There have been 88,843 COVID tests administered in the city; 5,981 antibody tests and 4,403 antigen tests. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 8.1%.

  • Arlington County has 8,054 cases, 169 deaths and a 7.5% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 40,551 cases, 670 deaths and a 10.8% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 12,861 cases, 155 deaths and a 12.2% seven-day positivity rate

Need a test? Find out where tests are administered here.

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 — 313 cases, 7,855 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 816 cases, 13,982 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 2,294 cases, 25,290 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 1,211 cases, 9,618 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 1,211 cases, 10,627 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 1,765 cases, 14,075 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 878 cases, 18,471 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

Photo via CDC/Unsplash

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Another Alexandria resident has died of COVID-19, and the death toll from the virus now stands at 83.

The resident was a man in his 60s.

Alexandria now has 6,717 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 470 cases since this time last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The city is asking residents to stay at home as much as possible while the number of cases is surging.

“The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) strongly urge residents to stay home as much as possible during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in our community,” the city said in a release.

There have also been 414 total hospitalizations since the onset of the pandemic in Alexandria, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Across Virginia, there have been 4,654 deaths and there are or have been 310,890 cases of the virus. There have been nearly 4 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 11,3%.

Demographics

There are or have been 3,535 women (with 39 deaths) and 3,162 men (with 44 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 36 deaths, 173 cases
  • 70-79 — 20 deaths, 217 cases
  • 60-69 — Nine deaths, 499 cases
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 788 cases
  • 40-49 — One death, 1,155 cases
  • 30-39 — Two deaths, 1,559 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 1,360 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 464 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 480 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 2,700 reported cases (with 14 deaths), white residents with 1,532 cases (45 deaths), and Black residents with 1,295 cases (20 deaths). There are 266 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (one death), 184 cases classified as “other” (two deaths) and seven native American cases (no deaths).

There have also been 56 outbreaks in the city (an increase of seven since last week), including 15 at long term care facilities, 31 in congregate settings, six in child care settings, one at a college, one in a K-12 setting and one at a correctional facility. There have been 617 cases associated with the outbreaks. Health care workers also make up 415 positive COVID cases, according to VDH.

Testing Update

There have been 80,873 COVID tests administered in the city; 5,884 antibody tests and 3,881 antigen tests. The city’s seven-day positivity rate is now at 9.3%.

  • Arlington County has 8,054 cases, 169 deaths and a 7.4% seven-day positivity rate
  • Fairfax County has 40,551 cases, 670 deaths and a 11% seven-day positivity rate
  • Loudoun County has 12,861 cases, 155 deaths and a 11.7% seven-day positivity rate

Need a test? Find out where tests are administered here.

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 — 291 cases, 7,287 people tested (Estimated population 15,171)
  • 22302 — 762 cases, 13,221 people tested (Estimated population 20,238)
  • 22304 — 2,165 cases, 23,847 people tested (Estimated population 54,003)
  • 22305 — 1,1263cases, 9,108 people tested (Estimated population 16,095)
  • 22311 — 1,162 cases, 10,206 people tested (Estimated population 16,898)
  • 22312 — 1,671 cases, 13,352 people tested (Estimated population 6,901)
  • 22314 — 815 cases, 17,204 people tested (Estimated population 47,826)

Photo via CDC/Unsplash

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