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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has returned Alexandria’s community level from “Medium” to “Low.”

The city had a Medium community level since April, and the city now joins its regional counterparts in Fairfax, Loudoun and Arlington Counties with the Low designation.

Cases are still cropping up, but at a much lower rate than previous months. As of Monday (September 12), there are 41,200 reported cases and 201 deaths, which is an increase of three deaths since this time last month.

The seven-day average of new cases is 36.9 — down from 55.6 at around this time last month.

There have been 443 cases reported so far in September.

Below are new cases this month.

  • 32 new cases on September 12
  • 34 new cases on September 11
  • 53 new cases on September 10
  • 66 new cases on September 9
  • 3 new cases on September 8
  • 39 new cases on September 7
  • 31 new cases on September 6
  • 31 new cases on September 5
  • 26 new cases on September 4
  • 49 new cases on September 3
  • 47 new cases on September 2
  • 32 new cases on September 1

Below are monthly totals for 2022.

  • January — 12,822 new cases
  • February — 1,227 new cases
  • March — 593 new cases
  • April — 1,488 new cases
  • May — 2,900 new cases
  • June — 2,357 new cases
  • July — 2,396 new cases
  • August — 1,499 new cases

Vaccine Update

  • There are 23,365 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 78% of residents (121,950 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (134,086 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 61,950 residents got their first booster shot
  • 11,827 residents got their second booster shot
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Two more Alexandria residents have died from COVID-19, and the city just surpassed 40,000 reported cases, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The death toll from the pandemic now stands at 198, and the number of cases is 40,081. The seven-day average of daily cases is now 55.6, a slight uptick over last week.

The news comes on the heels of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which no longer recommends quarantining for people exposed to the virus, as long as they aren’t symptomatic.

The city has had a Medium community level since April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on June 21, to announce the availability of vaccine shots for kids older than six months of age. The city’s state of emergency expired on June 30.

There have been 823 new Covid cases reported in Alexandria so far this month.

  • 30 new cases on August 15
  • 46 new cases on August 14
  • 53 new cases on August 13
  • 68 new cases on August 12
  • 61 new cases on August 11
  • 67 new cases on August 10
  • 64 new cases on August 9
  • 31 new cases on August 8
  • 32 new cases on August 7
  • 48 new cases on August 6
  • 68 new cases on August 5
  • 65 new cases on August 4
  • 69 new cases on August 3
  • 66 new cases on August 2
  • 55 new cases on August 1

Below are monthly totals for 2022.

  • January — 12,822 new cases
  • February — 1,227 new cases
  • March — 593 new cases
  • April — 1,488 new cases
  • May — 2,900 new cases
  • June — 2,357 new cases
  • July — 2,396 new cases

Vaccine Update

  • There are 24,138 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (121,068 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (133,556 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 61,950 residents got their first booster shot
  • 11,827 residents got their second booster shot

The new CDC guidance is below.

  • Children and adults with mild, symptomatic COVID-19: Isolation can end at least 5 days after symptom onset and after fever ends for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving, if these people can continue to properly wear a well-fitted mask around others for 5 more days after the 5-day isolation period. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms.
  • People who are infected but asymptomatic (never develop symptoms): Isolation can end at least 5 days after the first positive test (with day 0 being the date their specimen was collected for the positive test), if these people can continue to wear a properly well-fitted mask around others for 5 more days after the 5-day isolation period. However, if symptoms develop after a positive test, their 5-day isolation period should start over (day 0 changes to the first day of symptoms).
  • People who have moderate COVID-19 illnessIsolate for 10 days.
  • People who are severely ill (i.e., requiring hospitalization, intensive care, or ventilation support): Extending the duration of isolation and precautions to at least 10 days and up to 20 days after symptom onset, and after fever ends (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving, may be warranted.
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised might have a longer infectious period: Extend isolation to 20 or more days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or a positive viral test). Use a test-based strategy and consult with an infectious disease specialist to determine the appropriate duration of isolation and precautions.
  • Recovered patients: Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to have detectable SARS-CoV-2 RNA in upper respiratory specimens for up to 3 months after illness onset. However, replication-competent virus has not been reliably recovered from such patients, and they are not likely infectious.
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With summer heat in full swing, Covid cases are trending downward in Alexandria.

As of Monday (August 8), there are 39,692 reported cases, according to the Virginia Department of Health. There have been 196 deaths.

The seven-day average of new cases is now 54.1. At around the same period in July, the seven-day average of new cases was 70.9 — exactly the seven-day average on June 20.

The city currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There have been 434 new cases reported so far this month. Below are monthly totals for 2022.

  • January — 12,822 new cases
  • February — 1,227 new cases
  • March — 593 new cases
  • April — 1,488 new cases
  • May — 2,900 new cases
  • June — 2,357 new cases
  • July — 2,396 new cases

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on June 21, to announce the availability of vaccine shots for kids older than six months of age. The city’s two-and-a-half-year-long state of emergency expired on June 30.

Vaccine Update

  • There are 24,138 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (120,881 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 85% (133,313 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 61,950 residents got their first booster shot
  • 11,827 residents got their second booster shot

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

  • 31 new cases on August 8
  • 32 new cases on August 7
  • 48 new cases on August 6
  • 68 new cases on August 5
  • 65 new cases on August 4
  • 69 new cases on August 3
  • 66 new cases on August 2
  • 55 new cases on August 1
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Monkeypox lesions can last two-to-four weeks. (Via VDH)

Updated at 3:55 p.m. The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) is signing up high-risk residents to get the monkeypox vaccine.

As of July 25, the number of cases in Virginia reached 72. There are 54 cases in the Northern Virginia region, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

“Alexandria Health Department is working with state and regional partners to be able to provide vaccines to high-risk individuals. Information will be made available as soon as possible on who is eligible and how to sign up for vaccine,” AHD said. “AHD is also coordinating with local healthcare providers and with the VDH on local testing availability, care for MPV (monkeypox) cases, and provider education and preparedness.”

AHD will not disclose whether there are cases in Alexandria.

“At the moment, VDH is reporting regionally until the case numbers are large enough that confidentiality cannot be compromised,” AHD Director David Rose told ALXnow. “If/Once that happens in the Northern Region, individual district cases, including Alexandria’s, will be reported publicly.”

Anyone can get the monkeypox virus, a rash illness likened to a milder form of smallpox, and most of the reported cases involve gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men (MSM).

“This group, particularly MSM with multiple sex partners, is currently at greatest risk,” VDH said. “The risk to the general public is considered low at this time.”

Monkeypox numbers in Virginia, as of July 25, 2022. (Via VDH)

People can get infected with monkeypox by getting into close contact (hugging, kissing, sharing clothes, having sex) with someone who is infected. Infected people may see lesions, like pimples or blisters on the faces, in their mouths, their hands, feet and genitals. Symptoms also include fever, headache, muscle aches/backache, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion and chills.

The illness can last up to a month.

Vaccine eligibility

Alexandria is vaccinating only Virginia residents. Only adults 18 and older can get the vaccine if, in the last 14 days are:

  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and have had multiple (e.g. more than 1) or anonymous sexual partners; OR
  • Transgender women and nonbinary persons assigned male at birth who have sex with men and have had multiple (e.g. more than 1) or anonymous sexual partners; OR
  • Sex workers (of any sexual orientation or gender); OR
  • Staff (of any sexual orientation or gender) at establishments where sexual activity occurs (e.g. bathhouses, sex clubs); OR
  • Persons who attend sex-on-premises venues (e.g. bathhouses, sex clubs)

Eligible residents can fill out this vaccine eligibility form to get a vaccine.

“If you are eligible, and there is sufficient vaccine supply, Alexandria Health Department will contact you via email, text message, or phone call when vaccine appointments are available,” AHD says on the form. “Once you submit this form you will get a confirmation email that we have received your information. You do not need to fill out this form more than once.”

AHD advises the following to decrease your chances of getting and spreading monkeypox:

  • Always talk with your sexual partner(s) about any recent illness, and especially any new or unexplained sores or rashes on your body or your partner’s body, including on the genitals and anus
  • If anyone has a new or unexpected rash or sore, do not have sex or close physical contact
  • Wash hands, sex toys and bedding every time before and after sex or other intimate activities
  • When making plans, consider the level of risk. Going to clubs, raves, saunas, sex parties, and other places with skin-to-skin or face-to-face contact with many people increases the risk of exposure

Photo via VDH

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Covid rates have increased during Alexandria’s midsummer.

As of Monday (July 25), there are 38,779 reported cases, an increase of 605 cases since this time last week, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The seven-day average of new cases is now 86.4, up from 77.1, and the seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is now 22.3%, up from 19.2%.

There have been 195 deaths, according to VDH.

The city currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far this month, there have been 1,917 new cases reported. January saw the most new cases with 12,822 reported, followed by 2,900 cases in May, 2,357 cases in June, 1,488 cases in April, 1,227 cases in February and 593 cases in March.

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on June 21, to announce the availability of vaccine shots for kids older than six months of age.

Vaccine Update

  • There are 24,578 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 77% of residents (120,381 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 84% (132,873 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 61,950 residents got their first booster shot
  • 11,827 residents got their second booster shot

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

  • 75 new cases on July 25
  • 55 new cases on July 24
  • 94 new cases on July 23
  • 86 new cases on July 22
  • 92 new cases on July 21
  • 112 new cases on July 20
  • 91 new cases on July 19
  • 24 new cases on July 18
  • 98 new cases on July 17
  • 97 new cases on July 16
  • 80 new cases on July 15
  • 99 new cases on July 14
  • 65 new cases on July 13
  • 77 new cases on July 12
  • 45 new cases on July 11
  • 72 new cases on July 10
  • 64 new cases on July 9
  • 90 new cases on July 8
  • 106 new cases on July 7
  • 58 new cases on July 6
  • 61 new cases on July 5
  • 70 new cases on July 4
  • 66 new cases on July 3
  • 63 new cases on July 2
  • 77 new cases on July 1
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Another Alexandria resident has died from Covid, and cases continue to steadily increase.

As of Monday (July 18), there are 38,174 reported cases, an increase of 540 cases since this time last week. The seven-day average of new cases is now 77.1, up from 70.9, and the seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is now 19.2%, up from 17.4%.

There have been 196 deaths.

So far this month, there have been 1,312 new cases reported. January saw the most new cases with 12,822 reported, followed by 2,900 cases in May, 2,357 cases in June, 1,488 cases in April, 1,227 cases in February and 593 cases in March.

The city currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on June 21, to announce the availability of vaccine shots for kids older than six months of age.

Vaccine Update

  • There are 24,942 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 76% of residents (120,124 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 84% (132,509 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 62,447 residents got booster shots

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

  • 24 new cases on July 18
  • 98 new cases on July 17
  • 97 new cases on July 16
  • 80 new cases on July 15
  • 99 new cases on July 14
  • 65 new cases on July 13
  • 77 new cases on July 12
  • 45 new cases on July 11
  • 72 new cases on July 10
  • 64 new cases on July 9
  • 90 new cases on July 8
  • 106 new cases on July 7
  • 58 new cases on July 6
  • 61 new cases on July 5
  • 70 new cases on July 4
  • 66 new cases on July 3
  • 63 new cases on July 2
  • 77 new cases on July 1
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The state of emergency might be over, but the pandemic remains in Alexandria.

Following a two week blackout period, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is reporting four more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 195.

The CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) did not return death certificates for “coding purposes” for two weeks — starting June 6.

“For a few weeks after the blackout period, you should expect to see a higher number of COVID-19-associated deaths added to the dashboards and data sets,” the Virginia Department of Health said. “This is because NCHS will be sending back newly-coded and re-coded death certificates to VDH that were put on hold during the blackout period.

As of Monday (July 11), there are 37,634 reported cases, and the seven-day average of new cases is steady at 70.9 — the same number it was on June 20.

There have been 772 new cases reported in the first 11 days of July alone, and the seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is 17.4%.

January saw the most new cases with 12,822 reported, followed by 2,900 cases in May, 2,357 cases in June, 1,488 cases in April, 1,227 cases in February and 593 cases in March.

The city currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on June 21, to announce the availability of vaccine shots for kids older than six months of age.

Alexandria’s two-and-a-half-year-long state of emergency expired on June 30.

Vaccine Update

  • There are 21,733 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 78% of residents (120,032 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 86% (132,147 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 63,414 residents got booster shots
Daily coronavirus counts over the past 13 weeks in Alexandria. (Via VDH)

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

  • 45 new cases on July 11
  • 72 new cases on July 10
  • 64 new cases on July 9
  • 90 new cases on July 8
  • 106 new cases on July 7
  • 58 new cases on July 6
  • 61 new cases on July 5
  • 70 new cases on July 4
  • 66 new cases on July 3
  • 63 new cases on July 2
  • 77 new cases on July 1
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There have been no new deaths related to COVID-19, and cases continue to rise. In the meantime, Alexandria’s two-and-a-half-year-long state of emergency will expire on June 30.

The declaration was made by Council in March 2020 — at the onset of the pandemic — and has been extended five times.

Earlier this month, Mayor Justin Wilson told ALXnow that there is no need to continue the authority that the state of emergency enables.

“(T)he need for an emergency declaration to address the impacts of the pandemic will be past us,” Wilson said.

As of Friday, June 24, there were 36,486 cases reported in Alexandria — an increase of 352 cases since Monday, June 20. Updated numbers have not been released by the Virginia Department of Health.

The number of deaths remains at 191, and the seven day positivity rate for Covid tests is 17.4%.

The seven-day average of new cases is 74.7, up from 70.9 on June 20, and down from 119.4 a month ago.

There have been 1,981 cases reported so far in Alexandria in June, and the city currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

January saw the most new cases, with 12,822 reported, followed by 2,900 cases in May, June’s figures, 1,488 cases in April, 1,227 cases in February and 593 cases in March.

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was last week, to announce the availability of vaccine shots for kids ages five and younger.

Vaccine Update

  • There are 21,970 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 78% of residents (119,808 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 86% (131,910 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 65,759 residents got booster shots
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Alexandria health providers are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to children under five years of age, according to the Alexandria Health Department.

According to AHD:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for this age group and accepted the recommendation of its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which met on June 17 and 18 to review administration and safety data for the vaccine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the vaccines’ Emergency Use Authorization last week to include doses and vaccine schedules for children between six months and five years of age. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is for ages six months – four years and is three doses, with three weeks between the first and second dose, and eight weeks between the second and third dose. The Moderna vaccine is for ages six months – five years and is two doses separated by four weeks.

Parents and guardians in Alexandria have multiple locations to choose from when getting their youngest vaccinated, including AHD vaccine clinics, pharmacies (for ages three and up), and pediatricians’ offices. Minors are not able to consent to immunizations, so a parent or guardian must consent either in advance or at the vaccination site, depending on the provider. Vaccine appointments for this age group at AHD clinics will be posted on a rolling basis, and parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their children’s healthcare provider/pediatrician to see if their office is providing COVID-19 vaccines for this group.

Appointments are required at this time.

In the meantime, two more residents have died from the virus, bringing the death toll to 191. The number of reported cases has reached 36,369, and the seven-day rate for new cases is 68.7, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Last month, AHD announced the availability of booster shots for kids ages five to 11.

Vaccinated in Alexandria

  • About 78% of residents (119,667 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 86% (131,739 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 65,283 residents got booster shots
  • There are 22,141 unvaccinated Alexandria residents

Alexandria’s two-and-a-half-year-long state of emergency will expire on June 30..

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New cases of Covid have fallen by 40% since last month in Alexandria, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

As of Monday, June 20, there are 36,134 cases reported in Alexandria. The seven-day average of new cases is 70.9 — down from 85.3 at this point last week, and down from 119.4 a month ago.

The number of deaths remains unchanged at 189, and the seven-day positivity rate for Covid tests is now 70.9%, up from 16.4% last week.

There have been 1,629 cases reported so far in Alexandria in June, and the city currently has a Medium community level, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

January saw the most new cases, with 12,822 reported, followed by 2,900 cases in May, 1,488 cases in April, 1,227 cases in February and 593 cases in March.

The Alexandria Health Department’s last update was on May 20, to announce the availability of booster shots for kids ages five to 11.

Alexandria’s two-and-a-half-year-long state of emergency will expire on June 30..

VDH reported the following new cases this month in Alexandria:

  • 50 new cases on June 20
  • 60 new cases on June 19
  • 61 new cases on June 18
  • 75 new cases on June 17
  • 70 new cases on June 16
  • 82 new cases on June 15
  • 98 new cases on June 14
  • 77 new cases on June 13
  • 78 new cases on June 12
  • 90 new cases on June 11
  • 91 new cases on June 10
  • 82 new cases on June 9
  • 108 new cases on June 8
  • 71 new cases on June 7
  • 70 new cases on June 6
  • 87 new cases on June 5
  • 85 new cases on June 4
  • 93 new cases on June 3
  • 138 new cases on June 2
  • 63 new cases on June 1

Vaccine Update

  • There are 22,141 unvaccinated Alexandria residents
  • About 78% of residents (119,667 people) are fully vaccinated
  • 86% (131,739 people) of residents got at least one dose
  • 65,283 residents got booster shots
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