Alexandria, VA

Alexandria will get 11,110 COVID-19 vaccine doses this week, according to the Alexandria Health Department.

“This does not include additional vaccine supplies from federal programs provided directly to participating pharmacies and Alexandria’s federally qualified health center, Neighborhood Health,” according to AHD.

Residents are encouraged to pre-register with the city to get on the vaccine waitlist at alexandriava.gov/Vaccines or call 703-746-4988 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To date, 130 city residents have died of COVID-19, and 11,277 have contracted the virus, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That’s 200 more cases since this time last week, and the city’s seven-day moving average is now 33.

Across Virginia, there have been 10,360 deaths and there are or have been 635,552 cases of the virus. There have also been 6.7 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 6.1%.

Vaccine Update

According to VDH, 51,948 residents have gotten at least one shot and 29,412 residents have been fully vaccinated. There are now about 20,000 residents on the waiting list.

White residents far outpace other races in the city for first doses and full vaccinations.

  • White — 14,342 first doses, 9,727 fully vaccinated
  • Latino — 5,438 first doses, 2,741 fully vaccinated
  • Black — 3,243 first doses, 2,001 fully vaccinated
  • Other — 2,784 first doses, 1,866 fully vaccinated
  • Asian of Pacific Islander — 1,206 first doses, 659 fully vaccinated
  • Native American — 157 first doses, 73 fully vaccinated

Women have received 29,928 first doses and 15,080 have gotten their second shot, while 21,966 men have received their first doses and 11,941 have been fully vaccinated.The following age groups received their vaccinations:

  • 80+    — 2,967 got one dose, 2,392 fully vaccinated
  • 70-79 — 6,795 got one dose, 5,490 fully vaccinated
  • 60-69 — 8,916 got one dose, 5,840 fully vaccinated
  • 50-59 — 8,410 got one dose, 4,099 fully vaccinated
  • 40-49 — 8,686 got one dose, 4,245 fully vaccinated
  • 30-39 — 10,476 got one dose, 4,888 fully vaccinated
  • 20-29 — 4,999 got one dose, 2,262 fully vaccinated
  • 10-19  — 778 got one dose, 224 fully vaccinated
  • 0-9     — No Vaccines distributed

Demographics

There are or have been 5,839 women (with 62 deaths) and 5,383 men (with 68 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 54 deaths, 272 cases
  • 70-79 — 33 deaths, 356 cases
  • 60-69 — 20 deaths, 845 cases
  • 50-59 — 15 deaths, 1,342 cases
  • 40-49 — Four deaths, 1,884 cases
  • 30-39 — Three deaths, 2,603 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 2,287 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 845 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 820 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 3,703 reported cases (19 deaths), white residents with 2,950 cases (63 deaths), and Black residents with 2,403 cases (39 deaths). There are 562 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (five deaths), 378 cases classified as “other” (two deaths) and 12 native American cases (no deaths).

Photo via ARHA

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Mayor gets vaccinated — “On Christmas Eve our Health Dept vaccinated 251 healthcare workers. Since that time, 51K+ Alexandrians have received at least a dose. Today, my name was called. I’m excited to receive the J&J vaccine. Thanks to our staff and volunteers!” [Twitter]

Council considers changes to taxi regulations — “Since the arrival of taxi network companies, TNCs, like Uber and Lyft in 2015, the taxi industry has been struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing market. The COVID-19 pandemic did not help the situation for an already challenged industry, and the city’s proposed code amendment aims to provide support for local taxi companies by easing specific regulations.” [Alex Times]

Wilson, Silberberg differ on stream restoration plans — “Wilson advocates moving forward with natural channel restoration; Silberberg wants to go back to the drawing board.” [Alexandria Living]

Alexandria Sportsman’s Club hosting famed sportswriter — “Len Shapiro, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated sportswriter, editor and columnist for more than 40 years for the Washington Post, will be the featured speaker for the April 21st meeting of the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club.” [Gazette]

Today’s weather — “Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will give way to cloudy skies and rain in the afternoon. High 66F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%… Showers in the evening, then cloudy overnight. Low 48F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.” [Weather.com]

New job: Sushi helper — “The Handover is hiring sushi assistants willing to work hard and be open to learning new skills. We are a small restaurant looking for candidates with the ability to accurately prep, cut vegetables, prepare maki rolls and follow chef’s direction. Both full- and part-time positions are available. Competitive hourly pay commensurate with experience level.” [Indeed]

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After nearly 11 years as the Alexandria Health Department Director, Dr. Stephen Haering suddenly announced his retirement, effective immediately, on Friday.

Mayor Justin Wilson said he was shocked by the news.

“Dr. Haering has been essential to our efforts over the past year to address COVID,” Wilson told ALXnow. “His retirement is a shock and he leaves huge shoes to fill. For now, I am full of gratitude for his tireless service to our City.”

The city did not provide information on his next steps, and the reason for his departure was not made public.

City Councilman John Taylor Chapman said that Haering will be missed.

“Dr. Haering has been a tireless advocate for residents and businesses throughout the pandemic,” Chapman said. “His leadership will be missed.”

City Manager Mark Jinks commended Haering for his work.

“Dr. Haering’s leadership was key to Alexandria’s ability to respond quickly and nimbly to the COVID-19 pandemic in our community,” Jinks said in a statement. “His almost 11 years of service to our community have made Alexandria safer, healthier and more resilient. We wish him well in his retirement.”

According to the City, Dr. Anne Gaddy, the AHD deputy director, has been named as Acting Health Director by the Virginia Department of Health, effective immediately. Gaddy was presiouly tasked with planning, organizing and administering Alexandria’s vaccination processes.

Sheriff Dana Lawhorne said he enjoyed working with Haering.

“I’m forever grateful to him for his tireless efforts to accelerate vaccinations for my staff,” Lawhorne said. “You always knew that when the going got tough, he got going. He never let you down. I’m going to miss him.”

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It was a historic week in Alexandria. Here are some of the highlights.

President Joe Biden visited the Neighborhood Health COVID-19 vaccine site at Virginia Theological Seminary on Tuesday, just before announcing that the date for adults to get access to the vaccine has been moved to April 19.

The Alexandria School Board, on Thursday night, voted to change the name of T.C. Williams High School to Alexandria City High School.

The School Board also voted unanimously to reduce the distancing requirement in ACPS schools from six feet to three feet, all the while community support is growing to expand in-person instruction to more than the current two days a week. Summer school is currently planned to begin in July and will be four days a week, and ACPS is planning on reopening to five days a week at the beginning of the next school year.

Our top story was on the T.C. Williams Titans junior varsity football team walking off the field after an incident with the Robinson Rams on Monday night. Robinson Rams players allegedly spit at and made a racial slur against T.C. players. The incident has prompted Fairfax County Public Schools to announce a “stand-down” meeting for all athletic teams and coaches to discuss “appropriate behaviors required to play sports in FCPS.”

Additionally, six Alexandria Police officers were placed on administrative duties after a chase suspect died while in custody. Police responded to a call for shots fired in the 800 block of North Patrick Street, and multiple buildings and vehicles were struck. The driver of the vehicle crashed on Interstate 295, and then jumped over an overpass barrier and fell more than 20 feet and was tased by police, arrested and later died.

Important Stories

Top Stories

  1. JUST IN: T.C. Williams JV football team walks off field after alleged racial slur, spitting incident
  2. BREAKING: Shots fired in Old Town leads to chase that ends in D.C.
  3. JUST IN: President Biden set to visit Alexandria vaccination site Tuesday
  4. National Park Service announces George Washington Parkway to go on a diet
  5. Neighborhood Health vaccinating thousands at sites in Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County
  6. JUST IN: Woman arrested after fight on King Street Metro station platform
  7. UPDATE: $8,500 reported stolen in terrifying West End robbery
  8. JUST IN: President Biden visits COVID-19 vaccine site at Virginia Theological Seminary
  9. COVID-19 update: Alexandria moves into vaccination phase 1C
  10. JUST IN: Six Alexandria Police officers put on administrative duties after chase suspect dies
  11. Fairfax County man arrested for three burglaries, released three days later

Have a safe weekend!

Photo via T.C. Williams Football Boosters/Facebook

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Alexandria is gearing up to move into the next phase of vaccination later this month, and the city’s Health Department is getting ready to launch some new programs and make adjustments to help make getting the shot a little easier.

So far, around 47,434 Alexandrians have been partially vaccinated, and 26,717 have been fully vaccinated. The target goal is 80% of the city vaccinated (106,618 people).

The city moved into Phase 1c earlier this week. Natalie Talis, population health manager for the Alexandria Health Department, said the city will be moving into Phase 2 of vaccination by April 18.

“We will be launching new options for people to schedule appointments directly, and we believe that transition will help reduce any confusion connected to who is eligible when,” Talis said. “Our focus will be how we can continue to prioritize people in Phase 1a, 1b, and 1c even after we move to a more open process. And of course, we are always evaluating new strategies for reaching our historically underserved populations so that they don’t fall through the cracks.”

The city launched a new vaccination clinic in the Victory Center on Eisenhower Avenue, part of a partnership with Inova and Fairfax County. The center added substantial capacity to the city’s vaccination efforts, but progress was capped by the trickle of vaccine supply.

Talis said that’s continued to increase in the weeks since the state began moving through the sub-phases of vaccination. While the city had been receiving around 2,000 or 3,000 doses of the vaccine per week in March, this week the city received 10,010 doses, with potential to 7,000 more.

“Our supply has definitely increased, which is why we have been able to move to 1c and will be able to move to Phase 2,” Talis said. “Previously, supply around the state was determined by population size, but it really needed to consider the demand from each community. Alexandrians have a high demand for vaccination, and now, our supply is starting to catch up with that.”

Talis said AHD has contacted everyone from Phase 1a and 1b, and many from 1c, who pre-registered by April 6.

“We continue to get new pre-registrations everyday but the increased supply has helped tremendously in addressing the waitlist,” Talis said.

A full list of who is eligible under the first phase of the vaccine is available online and residents can pre-register for Phase 2 online.

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Morning Notes

Private School, The Linder Academy, to Open in Old Town — “The Linder Academy, a private K-8 school, submitted a special use permit application to open a location at 601, 607 and 609 S. Washington St. and 710 Gibbon St. According to the application, the school will serve up to 105 students and 14-16 teachers and staff. There is a proposed outdoor play area in the courtyard between 601 and 607 S. Washington St.” [Alexandria Living]

Homegrown Restaurant Group vaccinates 300+ restaurant workers — “HGR volunteering today at the Alexandria Restaurant Vaccination Drive! 330 workers from 29 different restaurants will be vaccinated by the end of day. Many thanks to all the volunteers and to Alexandria Restaurant Partners for donating space to make this happen.” [Facebook]

City seeking artwork for Old Town North storm drain covers — “The City will commission up to three (3) artists to create up to two (2) original, site specific designs with a budget of $2,000 to design their artworks. The designs will be cast on approximately 24 stormwater covers throughout Old Town North, with a focus on Fairfax Street.  Artists will be required to visit the area and create a design that is representative and inspired by Old Town North.” [Zebra]

Alexandria Wedding Showcase giving away a $15K elopement package — More info on the prizes page at alexandriaweddingshowcase.com. The showcase starts April 17!” [Facebook]

Today’s weather — “Partly cloudy skies (during the day). High around 70F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph… Cloudy with light rain developing after midnight. Low 52F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%.” [Weather.com]

New job: Barca Pier offering $250 bonus for bussers, food runners and hosts — “Are you searching for a SEASONAL POSITION? We would love to have you on our team!! We are offering a $250-dollar WELCOME bonus along with the ability to make serious money, we have full and part time openings for HOSTS, SERVER ASSISTANTS and RUNNERS (PERFECT FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS!) to join a growing Restaurant Company. We would love to meet you this week!! Please come prepared to Interview with a resume A MASK is required for Entrance, we are hiring on the SPOT with Positions starting ASAP!” [Indeed]

Photo via Homegrown Restaurant Group/Facebook

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Morning Notes

Coronavirus vaccine eligibility expandedEvery Virginian 16 and older will be eligible for the #COVID19 vaccine by April 18–but several health districts have already expanded vaccinations to all adults or will be doing so in the coming days.” [Twitter]

Alexandria expanding vaccine phase 1C — “AHD follows the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) guidance that considers a frontline essential workers’ vaccine eligibility based upon their workplace location. This means that there are Alexandria residents working in essential frontline roles outside of the city limits of Alexandria who have yet to be vaccinated as a result of their employer jurisdiction’s supply availability. Therefore, before moving to Phase 2, AHD will offer vaccine appointments to all Alexandria residents who work in Phase 1 industries, regardless of their workplace location. If you are an essential frontline worker in Phase 1a, 1b, or 1c living in Alexandria and have not yet received a vaccine appointment, pre-register online or update your pre-registration record to ensure that the job category in your profile is correct.” [City of Alexandria]

Wilson announces endorsement list in reelection bid — “I am proud to have the support of so many elected and former elected officials who know the challenges of governing not just in the good times, but in times of struggle, and have been a part in building longstanding solutions for Alexandrians.” [Zebra]

Today’s weather — “Sunny (during the day) along with a few clouds. High 79F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph… Partly cloudy (in the evening). Low 52F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job Boxing instructor — “An Inner Champion lives inside us all at every fitness and skill level. It’s just waiting to be released. Mayweather Boxing + Fitness – Old Town West in Alexandria, VA will offer an authentic experience for those who want to learn from Floyd Mayweather’s techniques and training regimens, while getting in the best shape of their lives in a high-intensity group fitness setting. We are currently recruiting for Instructor(s) to join the excitement and be a part of our tight-knit community at the Old Town West location.” [Indeed]

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President Joe Biden visited the Neighborhood Health vaccine site at Virginia Theological Seminary today (Tuesday) just before he was scheduled to announce that states should open COVID-19 vaccination appointments to all adults by April 19.

“We passed 150 million (vaccine doses distributed) yesterday,” Biden said. “When you go home, get all your friends and tell them, ‘Get a shot when they can.’ We’re going to be able to do this, everyone’s going to be able to before the month is out.”

Neighborhood Health Executive Director Dr. Basim Khan toured Biden around the facility, and the president watched residents get inoculated.

“Mr President, the whole focus of our program is on equity,” Khan said. “We’re trying to increase equity by vaccinating our own patient population and primarily low-income, uninsured, under-insured, and a lot of people of color.”

Biden said that Neighborhood Health has done good work, and that within a month the U.S. will be in excess of 200 million vaccines distributed.

“We’re in a situation where, I believe, by the end of the summer we’ll have a significant portion of American public vaccinated,” he said. “Pretty soon when we have enough we can give it to the rest of the world… You can’t build a wall or fence high enough to keep out a virus.”

The president is scheduled to make the announcement at 3:45 p.m. at the White House.

In Alexandria, 41,200 first doses, or 31% of residents, have been partially given out. There have also been 25,878 full vaccinations, or about 19.4% of the city’s population. On Monday, the city moved into phase 1C, expanding  vaccine availability for a number of essential workers.

Virginia Theological Seminary was the first location in the city where a COVID-19 infection was detected — on March 11, 2020. The Alexandria City Public Schools system shut down two days later for the remainder of the school year, local businesses experienced dramatic closures and changes and lives were forever altered. To date, Alexandria has suffered 129 deaths and 11,100 cases, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Images via Youtube

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Updated at 9:45 a.m. — President Joe Biden will visit the Virginia Theological Seminary at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the White House.

“I am thrilled that the President is visiting Alexandria to highlight our vaccination effort,” Mayor Justin Wilson said. “We have had great partnerships with non-profits, private partners and community organizations to both administer vaccinations and ensure equity in our distribution. The backbone of good planning and enormous volunteer support will get COVID into our rear-view mirror.”

The city got tipped off to the visit after Politico announced in its Playbook that “Biden will visit a vaccination site in Alexandria, Va., and deliver remarks about the vaccine effort Tuesday.”

The visit will come after the recent announcement that Virginia will be moving into Phase 1c, which greatly expands eligibility in Virginia, and a massive expansion of vaccination capacity at the Victory Center in the Eisenhower Valley.

Vaccine equity has been an issue, as African Americans residents are receiving the vaccine at a lower rate than other residents.

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will invest nearly $10 billion from the American Rescue Plan to address the COVID-19 response within communities of color, rural areas, low-income populations, and other under-served communities,” according to the City. “The additional funding will be used to expand COVID-19 vaccinations, testing, and treatment for vulnerable populations; deliver preventive and primary health care services to people at higher risk for COVID-19; and expand health centers’ operational capacity during the pandemic and beyond, including modifying and improving physical infrastructure and adding mobile units.”

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Alexandria has moved into the vaccination Phase 1c, opening up eligibility for an expanded group of essential workers.

“At this time, AHD has enough vaccine supply to offer appointments to pre-registered individuals in Phase 1a, 1b, and 1c without further prioritization,” according to the Alexandria Health Department. “All residents who want to receive a vaccine are encouraged to visit alexandriava.gov/Vaccines to pre-register or update their records.”

Essential workers eligible to get the vaccine under 1C work in the following areas:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Wastewater
  • Waste removal (includes recycling removal)
  • Housing and Construction
  • Food Service
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Institutions of Higher Education Faculty/Staff
  • Finance
  • Information Technology & Communication
  • Media
  • Legal Services
  • Public Safety (including engineers)
  • Other Public Health Workers
  • Barbers, Stylists, Hairdresser

After recent supply increases, everyone who pre-registered in Phase 1a and 1b as of March 30 has been contacted to schedule an appointment. Alexandria will move into Phase 2 by April 18 along with all jurisdictions in Virginia, and everyone ages 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

The city wants 80% of residents ages 16 and older (106,618 people) vaccinated by July 31. Residents can pre-register with the city to get the vaccine here.

To date, 128 city residents have died of COVID-19, and 11,077 have contracted the virus, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That’s 165 more cases since this time last week, and the city’s seven-day moving average is at 21.7.

Across Virginia, there have been 10,360 deaths and there are or have been 626,171 cases of the virus. There have also been 6.6 million PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and the state’s seven-day positivity rate is 6.4%.

Vaccine Update

According to VDH, 44,966 residents have gotten at least one shot and 24,593 residents have been fully vaccinated. There are now about 20,000 residents on the waiting list.

White residents far outpace other races in the city for first doses and full vaccinations.

  • White — 13,161 first doses, 8,748 fully vaccinated
  • Latino — 4,511 first doses, 2,224 fully vaccinated
  • Black — 2,922 first doses, 1,767 fully vaccinated
  • Other — 2,545 first doses, 1,692 fully vaccinated
  • Asian of Pacific Islander — 1,033 first doses, 566 fully vaccinated
  • Native American — 132 first doses, 58 fully vaccinated

Women have received 26,294 first doses and 15,080 have gotten their second shot, while 18,672 men have received their first doses and 9,873 have been fully vaccinated.The following age groups received their vaccinations:

  • 80+    — 2,915 got one dose, 2,326 fully vaccinated
  • 70-79 — 6,662 got one dose, 5,225 fully vaccinated
  • 60-69 — 8,294 got one dose, 5,146 fully vaccinated
  • 50-59 — 7,136 got one dose, 3,267 fully vaccinated
  • 40-49 — 7,166 got one dose, 3,302 fully vaccinated
  • 30-39 — 8,423 got one dose, 3,766 fully vaccinated
  • 20-29 — 3,925 got one dose, 1,779 fully vaccinated
  • 10-19  — 509 got one dose, 165 fully vaccinated
  • 0-9     — No Vaccines distributed

Demographics

There are or have been 5,735 women (with 60 deaths) and 5,287 men (with 68 deaths) in Alexandria with the virus. The only age groups that have not experienced a death are children and teenagers.

  • 80+    — 52 deaths, 269 cases
  • 70-79 — 33 deaths, 354 cases
  • 60-69 — 22 deaths, 833 cases
  • 50-59 — 14 deaths, 1,316 cases
  • 40-49 — Three deaths, 1,856 cases
  • 30-39 — Two deaths, 2,563 cases
  • 20-29 — One death, 2,241 cases
  • 10-19  — Zero deaths, 816 cases
  • 0-9     — Zero deaths, 803 cases

Latino residents have the most infections with 3,658 reported cases (19 deaths), white residents with 2,874 cases (62 deaths), and Black residents with 2,334 cases (34 deaths). There are 547 cases with Asian or Pacific Islander residents (six deaths), 372 cases classified as “other” (two deaths) and 11 native American cases (no deaths).

Photo via ARHA

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