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Covid levels continue to rise in Alexandria.

As of Monday (May 16), the number of cases climbed to 32,928, an increase of 691 cases since this time last week.

The seven-day average of cases is 98.7, up from 78.6 last week, and the seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is 14.7%, up from 12.4%. Deaths from the virus remain at 188.

May is tracking to be the second worst month of the year for infections, with 1,323 cases reported.

January saw the most-ever cases with 12,822 reported, followed by a steep drop to 1,227 cases in February. There were only 593 cases reported in March, and during that month City Council loosened its mask and distancing requirements after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved the City’s community level from High to Low. The CDC downgraded the city’s community level to Medium in April, which saw 1,488 new cases reported.

The Alexandria Health Department’s last Covid update was published on May 5.

VDH reported the following new cases this month in Alexandria:

  • 63 new cases on May 16
  • 106 new cases on May 15
  • 112 new cases on May 14
  • 119 new cases on May 13
  • 133 new cases on May 12
  • 85 new cases on May 11
  • 73 new cases on May 10
  • 61 new cases on May 9
  • 62 new cases on May 8
  • 113 new cases on May 7
  • 79 new cases on May 6
  • 82 new cases on May 5
  • 106 new cases on May 4
  • 47 new cases on May 3
  • 46 new cases on May 2
  • 36 new cases on May 1

Vaccine stats

  • There are 22,871 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (118,898 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (131,009 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 63,309 residents got booster shots

In Alexandria City Public Schools, there have been 941 cases reported since Dec. 1. Of those, 803 are children and 157 are staff, but the numbers on the school system’s dashboard don’t add up.

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

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May is on track to be the second worst month of the year for new cases of Covid.

As of May 9 (Monday), reported cases climbed to 32,237, an increase of 550 cases since this time last week. The seven-day average of cases is 78.6, up 68.7 last week, and the seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is 12.4%, up from 10.2%.

The number of COVID-related deaths remains at 188. There have been 632 new cases reported so far in May, which is nearly half of the cases reported in April.

This year started with Covid levels at an all-time high, with a record-setting 12,822 cases reported, followed by 1,227 cases in February. There were only 593 cases reported in March, and during that month City Council loosened its mask and distancing requirements after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moved the City’s community level from High to Low.

There were 1,488 new cases reported in April, and the CDC downgraded the city’s community level to Medium.

Fake Covid tests

The Alexandria Health Department is warning the public about fake Covid tests. According to AHD:

Beware of Counterfeit COVID-19 Tests

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the public about counterfeit at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests being distributed or used in the United States. Counterfeit tests are not authorized, cleared, or approved by the FDA for distribution or use but are made to look like real, FDA-authorized tests.The reliability of unauthorized tests has not been adequately established, so the risk of false results is very high. For reliable, FDA-authorized tests, order up to four at a time for free from USPS, pick up a free test at a participating Alexandria Public Library, or find other trusted testing options at alexandriava.gov/COVIDTesting.

VDH reported the following new cases this month in Alexandria:

  • 36 new cases on May 1
  • 46 new cases on May 2
  • 47 new cases on May 3
  • 106 new cases on May 4
  • 82 new cases on May 5
  • 79 new cases on May 6
  • 113 new cases on May 7
  • 62 new cases on May 8
  • 61 new cases on May 9

Vaccine stats

  • There are 23,068 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (118,662 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (130,812 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 62,648 residents got booster shots

In Alexandria City Public Schools, there have been 836 cases reported since Dec. 1. Of those, 713 are children and 142 are staff, but the numbers on the school system’s dashboard don’t add up.

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

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Alexandria has started the month of May with a high number of new cases.

As of May 2 (Monday), reported cases of Covid climbed to 31,687, an increase of 407 cases since this time last week.

Two more COVID-related deaths were also reported in Alexandria by the Virginia Department of Health, bringing the death toll from the virus to 188.

The seven-day average for new cases is 68.7, up from 54.4 last week. The seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is 10.2%.

New cases were not reported by VDH on April 30 or May 1, and the number of cases reported on May 2 was 172 — the most cases reported for a single day since January.

Daily coronavirus counts over the past 13 weeks in Alexandria. (Via VDH)

There were 1,488 reported cases in April, which has turned out to be the second worst month for new cases this year. Also last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention downgraded Alexandria’s s community level from “Low” to “Medium”.

The April figures are a 151% increase over the 593 cases reported in March, and 20% more than the 12,227 cases reported in February.

In Alexandria City Public Schools, there have been 756 cases reported since Dec. 1. Of those, 646 are children and 131 are staff, but the numbers on the school system’s dashboard don’t add up.

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

Vaccine stats

  • There are 23,236 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (118,441 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (130,644 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 62,378 residents got booster shots
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It’s been a bad month for COVID-19 in Alexandria, as the number of new cases has eclipsed those reported in February, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

As of Sunday (April 25) there were 1,229 new cases reported this month, a 107% increase over the 593 cases reported in March. There were also 1,227 cases reported in February, which was a steep decline after a record-setting 12,822 cases in January.

Last week, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention downgraded the city’s community level from “Low” to “Medium.”

Friday (April 22), the number of reported Covid cases increased by 77 — the highest single-day number of cases since February 11, when 98 new cases were reported. There are now 31,280 cases of the virus reported since the pandemic began in March 2020, and the seven-day average of new cases is now 54.4, up from 52.3 last week.

The number of deaths remains at 186.

In Alexandria City Public Schools, there have been 718 cases reported since Dec. 1. Of those, 614 are children and 123 are staff, but the numbers on the school system’s dashboard don’t add up.

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

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

  • 36 new cases on April 25
  • 38 new cases on April 24
  • 50 new cases on April 23
  • 77 new cases on April 22
  • 59 new cases on April 21
  • 71 new cases on April 20
  • 17 new cases on April 19
  • 47 new cases on April 18
  • 51 new cases on April 17
  • 59 new cases on April 16
  • 52 new cases on April 15
  • 68 new cases on April 14
  • 45 new cases on April 13
  • 44 new cases on April 12
  • 36 new cases on April 11
  • 17 new cases on April 10
  • 61 new cases on April 9
  • 55 new cases on April  8
  • 52 new cases on April  7
  • 35 new cases on April  6
  • 30 new cases on April 5
  • 17 new cases on April 4
  • 31 new cases on April 3
  • 35 new cases on April 2
  • 46 new cases on April 1

Vaccine stats

  • There are 23,431 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (118,250 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (130,449 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 61,911 residents got booster shots
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The average number of daily Covid cases continues to rise in Alexandria, and the number of deaths from the virus has risen by one to 186.

As of Monday (April 11), the number of reported Covid cases in Alexandria reached 30,932, and the seven-day average of cases is 52.3, up from 40.9 at this point last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The number of cases in the city went into steep decline after a record-setting 12,822 cases in January, dipping to 1,227 cases reported in February. Also in February, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the city a “Low” community level. The numbers continued to fall in March, with just 593 new cases reported.

In April, 781 new cases were reported, and the city is on pace to match the number of cases reported in February. The number of cases also continues to rise in Fairfax County and Arlington, and last week, the Alexandria Health Department issued a spring break travel warning.

In Alexandria City Public Schools, there have been 707 cases reported since Dec. 1. Of those, 603 are children and 123 are staff, but the numbers on the school system’s dashboard don’t add up.

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

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

  • 47 new cases on April 18
  • 51 new cases on April 17
  • 59 new cases on April 16
  • 52 new cases on April 15
  • 68 new cases on April 14
  • 45 new cases on April 13
  • 44 new cases on April 12
  • 36 new cases on April 11
  • 17 new cases on April 10
  • 61 new cases on April 9
  • 55 new cases on April  8
  • 52 new cases on April  7
  • 35 new cases on April  6
  • 30 new cases on April 5
  • 17 new cases on April 4
  • 31 new cases on April 3
  • 35 new cases on April 2
  • 46 new cases on April 1

Vaccine stats

  • There are 23,642 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (118,019 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (130,238 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 61,350 residents got booster shots

Find vaccine providers in Alexandria here. If you feel sick, get tested.

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(Updated at 11:15 p.m.) Just as the spring weather blooms, Covid cases are on the rise in Alexandria.

As of Monday (April 11), the number of reported Covid cases in Alexandria reached 30,566, and the seven-day average of cases is 40.9 — nearly double what it was at this point last month. There have also been 415 cases so far this month, putting Alexandria on track to eclipse the number of 593 reported cases in March and reach the 1,227 cases reported in February.

The number of deaths from the virus remains at 185.

News of the uptick comes as cases are also on the rise in Fairfax County and D.C., due in part to the new BA.2 variant that started cropping up in Virginia in March.

There have also been 701 cases reported within Alexandria City Public Schools since Dec. 1. Of those, 597 are children and 123 are staff, although the numbers listed on the school system’s dashboard don’t add up.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave Alexandria a “Low” community level at the end of February, and the city remains in a state of emergency until June 30. Alexandria experienced the most-ever new cases in January with 12,822 cases.

In Alexandria, the Virginia Department of Health reported the following new cases this month:

  • 36 new cases on April 11
  • 17 new cases on April 10
  • 61 new cases on April 9
  • 55 new cases on April  8
  • 52 new cases on April  7
  • 35 new cases on April  6
  • 30 new cases on April 5
  • 17 new cases on April 4
  • 31 new cases on April 3
  • 35 new cases on April 2
  • 46 new cases on April 1

Vaccine stats

  • There are 23,850 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (117,782 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (130,006 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 60,645 residents got booster shots

Find vaccine providers in Alexandria here. If you feel sick, get tested.

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Wearing face masks in government buildings is now optional in Alexandria, as nearly two years of the pandemic restriction winds to a close.

The decision, which was announced on March 1, comes after new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave Alexandria and its neighboring jurisdictions a “Low” community level of transmission.

“Effective immediately, wearing a mask is not required in most settings, but individuals may choose to do so at any time,” the city said in a release. “As a result of this new guidance from the CDC and Alexandria Health Department, use of masks by visitors to City of Alexandria government facilities is now optional. Effective immediately, visitors are encouraged to continue to wear a mask indoors based on their personal preference, as informed by their personal level of risk.”

Alexandria will still require masks in health care and congregate settings when the city has substantial or high community transmission.

There have been 29,734 reported Covid cases in the city, an increase of 153 cases since this time last week. The death toll remains at 183. The numbers have dropped in the last several weeks, going from a record-setting 12,822 positive cases in January to 1,227 cases in February.

Masks are also now optional within Alexandria City Public Schools, where there have been 593 cases reported since Dec. 1. The numbers don’t add up, though, since ACPS reports 509 total student cases and 102 total staff cases.

Vaccine stats

  • There are 24,924 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 76% of residents (116,308 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 84% (128,956 people) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • 57,108 residents have gotten booster shots

Find vaccine providers in Alexandria here. If you feel sick, get tested.

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The rapid decline in Covid cases continues in Alexandria, but the transmission level remains high, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

There were 14 were cases of COVID-19 reported in the city today, according to VDH. That’s the lowest number of new daily cases since November 29, 2021, when 13 cases were reported.

The latest numbers

Alexandria saw a record-setting 12,822 positive COVID cases in January, and cases have dropped drastically over the last five consecutive weeks. This month, there have been 1,132 new cases.

There have been four more COVID-related deaths, bringing the death toll to 180.

There have been 29,434  total reported cases in Alexandria, an increase of 130 cases since last week. The seven day average of new cases is now 29, down from 77 last week. The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now 6.5%, down from 12.4% last week.

Additionally, Alexandria City Public Schools reports a total of 572 cases since December 1, although the number of infected staff and students adds up to 589.

The Alexandria Health Department is also recommending a fourth shot for immunocompromised residents who have received a booster shot.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released interim guidance clarifying that people with a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) who received an mRNA vaccine from Moderna and Pfizer should receive a COVID-19 booster dose three months after they complete their initial series of three doses, for a total of four doses,” AHD said in a release. “For immunocompromised people who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, additional doses are strongly recommended.”

Vaccine stats

  • There are 25,417 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 75% of residents (115,700 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 84% (128,463 people) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • 56,208 residents have gotten booster shots

Find vaccine providers in Alexandria here. If you feel sick, get tested.

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Regardless of a reporting inaccuracy by the Virginia Department of Health, Alexandria’s Covid numbers are still going down.

VDH identified 220 cases that were “inaccurately auto-generated duplicated in the case reporting system,” which is why there were 19 cases reported on Feb. 6, 20 cases on Feb. 7 and 43 cases on Feb. 8 — all sharp contrasts to the hundreds of daily cases being reported the previous week. Additionally, three deaths from January were also added to the city’s death toll, which now stands at 176.

“These cases have been removed from Alexandria’s total case numbers, causing the case counts on February 6-8 to appear artificially low on Virginia Department of Health and City of Alexandria dashboards,” according to the Alexandria Health Department.

There have been 29,204 total reported cases in Alexandria, an increase of 366 cases since this time last week. The seven day average of daily new cases is now 52, down from 77 last week.

There is one set of numbers unaffected by the inaccuracy is the seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests, which is is also significantly down — now 8.8%, down from 12.4% last week and 15.7% two weeks ago.

There have also been 538 cases reported within Alexandria City Public Schools since Dec. 1, an increase of 32 cases since last week. Of those cases, 460 are students and 92 are staff.

Every locality in Virginia is now experiencing high transmission. Alexandria went from “Substantial” to “High” transmission in December.

There are high transmission rates in every locality in Virginia. (Via VDH)

Vaccine stats

  • There are 25,964 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 75% of residents (115,078 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 83% (127,916 people) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • 55,535 residents have gotten booster shots

Find vaccine providers in Alexandria here. If you feel sick, get tested.

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Covid cases continue to recede in Alexandria for the fourth straight week, and local pharmacies are now giving out free adult N95 face masks as part of a new federal program.

There were also seven news deaths reported since this time last week, bringing the death toll from the virus to 172.

The new face masks can be found at the same pharmacies that provide free COVID-19 vaccines, according to the Alexandria Health Department.

There have been 28,838 total reported cases in Alexandria, an increase of 536 cases since this time last week. The seven day average of daily new cases is now 77, down from 84.5 this time last week. The seven-day average of positive COVID-19 tests is now 12.4%, down from 15.7% last week.

The city’s transmission rate went from “Substantial” to “High” in December.

Fluctuating ACPS numbers

There have also been 506 cases reported within Alexandria City Public Schools since Dec. 1, of which 434 are children and 85 are staff, although the numbers listed on the school system’s new dashboard have proved unreliable.

  • Last week the dashboard listed 523 cases systemwide with 202 student infections and 46 infected staffers since Dec. 1
  • Two weeks ago, ACPS reported 930 cases since Dec. 1, with 288 infected children and 620 infected staffers

Vaccine stats

  • There are 26,907 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 74% of residents (114,195 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 83% (126,973) of residents have gotten at least one dose
  • As of Feb. 4, 53,396 residents have gotten a booster shot

Find vaccine providers in Alexandria here. If you feel sick, get tested.

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