COVID-19 update for August 3: 2,844 cases, 59 deaths in Alexandria

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COVID-19 update for August 3: 2,844 cases, 59 deaths in Alexandria
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As of Aug. 3, the City of Alexandria has reported 2,844 positive cases of COVID-19 in the city, resulting in 59 fatalities. In addition, 269 Alexandria residents have been hospitalized as a result of COVID-19.

The Alexandria fatalities include 32 females and 27 males. The race and ethnicity breakdown includes 33 white people, 13 Black people, nine Latinos, one Asian or pacific islander, two of another race and one person of unreported ethnicity. Of the 59 fatalities, 44 – or about 75 percent – have been residents age 70 and older. Residents age 50 and older have accounted for all but one Alexandria fatality, 98 percent of the total. 

Virginia has reported 93,106 cases, including 2,218 deaths and 8,018 hospitalizations as of Aug. 3, according to the Virginia Department of Health. As of Aug. 3, there are 196,563 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, Maryland and D.C., according to the Washington Post. 

As of July 27, the VDH reported that Virginia has a seven-day positivity rate of 7.5% based on PCR tests administered statewide. Cumulatively, there have been 1,036,010 PCR tests administered since March 19, according to the VDH website.

Virginia entered phase three of reopening on July 1. In phase three, people are allowed to gather in groups of up to 250 people. Restaurants, which were allowed to offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity in phase two, are allowed to open fully but are required to maintain six feet of distance between tables, according to a June 18 news release from the governor’s office.

Alexandria entered phase two of reopening on June 12 and phase one on May 29. 

Alexandria cases

AHD reported the first case of coronavirus in Alexandria on March 11. Below is a list of reported cases in Alexandria by date.

  • March 11: 1
  • March 15: 2
  • March 17: 4
  • March 20: 6
  • March 23: 9
  • March 24: 13
  • March 25: 14
  • March 26: 20
  • March 27: 24
  • March 28: 28
  • March 29: 32
  • March 30: 36
  • March 31: 44
  • April 1: 55
  • April 2: 67
  • April 3: 77
  • April 4: 93
  • April 5: 104
  • April 6: 130
  • April 7: 141
  • April 8: 149
  • April 9: 170
  • April 10: 181
  • April 11: 200
  • April 12: 225
  • April 13: 241
  • April 14: 248
  • April 15: 273
  • April 16: 303
  • April 17: 321
  • April 18: 354
  • April 19: 383
  • April 20: 421
  • April 21: 462
  • April 22: 474
  • April 23: 512
  • April 24: 547
  • April 25: 575
  • April 26: 591
  • April 27: 627
  • April 28: 653
  • April 29: 700
  • April 30: 754
  • May 1: 802
  • May 2: 848
  • May 3: 899
  • May 4: 940
  • May 5: 983
  • May 6: 1,022
  • May 7: 1,060
  • May 8: 1,110
  • May 9: 1,142
  • May 10: 1,193
  • May 11: 1,224
  • May 12: 1,240
  • May 13: 1,305
  • May 14: 1,349
  • May 15: 1,396
  • May 16: 1,460
  • May 17: 1,476
  • May 18: 1,510
  • May 19: 1,544
  • May 20: 1,577
  • May 21: 1,627
  • May 22: 1,657
  • May 23: 1,703
  • May 24: 1,733
  • May 25: 1,754
  • May 26: 1,785
  • May 27: 1,824
  • May 28: 1,887
  • May 29: 1,941
  • May 30: 1,960
  • May 31: 1,974
  • June 1: 1,981
  • June 2: 2,000
  • June 3: 2,016
  • June 4: 2,031
  • June 5: 2,045
  • June 6: 2,070
  • June 7: 2,095
  • June 8: 2,102
  • June 9: 2,115
  • June 10: 2,125
  • June 11: 2,127
  • June 12: 2,128
  • June 13: 2,134
  • June 14: 2,151
  • June 15: 2,160
  • June 16: 2,168
  • June 17: 2,175
  • June 18: 2,186
  • June 19: 2,198
  • June 20: 2,217
  • June 21: 2,227
  • June 22: 2,236
  • June 23: 2,248
  • June 24: 2,258
  • June 25: 2,271
  • June 26: 2,287
  • June 27: 2,303
  • June 28: 2,312
  • June 29: 2,317
  • June 30: 2,325
  • July 1: 2,325
  • July 2: 2,327
  • July 3: 2,338
  • July 4: 2,357
  • July 5: 2,376
  • July 6: 2,380
  • July 7: 2,399
  • July 8: 2,408
  • July 9: 2,419
  • July 10: 2,439
  • July 11: 2,453
  • July 12: 2,455
  • July 13: 2,456
  • July 14: 2,465
  • July 15: 2,486
  • July 16: 2,507
  • July 17: 2,523
  • July 18: 2,540
  • July 19: 2,547
  • July 20: 2,559
  • July 21: 2,582
  • July 22: 2,618
  • July 23: 2,639
  • July 24: 2,662
  • July 25: 2,687
  • July 26: 2,695
  • July 27: 2,735
  • July 28: 2,749
  • July 29: 2,759
  • July 30: 2,779
  • July 31: 2,798
  • Aug. 1: 2,811
  • Aug. 2: 2,820
  • Aug. 3: 2,844

AHD will not reveal identities or discuss individual cases or fatalities – unless there is a public health need to do so – in order to respect the privacy of the individuals and their families, according to a news release.

State orders

On May 26, Gov. Northam announced that Virginians are required to wear face coverings in public spaces where people can congregate. People are not required to wear face coverings while eating, drinking or exercising in public.

Gov. Northam issued an executive order on March 30 ordering all Virginians to stay at home. Per the mandatory order, people were advised to stay home unless seeking food, supplies, work, exercise or medical care. The commonwealth has since begun reopening, and Northam has shifted to a “safer at home” strategy with continued recommendations for social distancing and teleworking. 

The majority of Virginia entered phase one of reopening on May 15 and phase two on June 5. Northern Virginia entered phase one on May 29 and phase two on June 12. The state entered phase three on July 1.

Under phase one, previously declared “non-essential” businesses, such as personal and pet grooming salons, were allowed to reopen, provided the establishments adhere to strict sanitation and physical distancing protocols. Restaurants were allowed to offer outdoor seating, and religious facilities were allowed to offer in-person services. 

Under phase two, restaurants can offer indoor seating at 50 percent capacity, fitness centers can open at 30 percent capacity and people can gather in groups of up to 50 people.

Under phase three, people are allowed to gather in groups of up to 250 people. Restaurants are allowed to open fully, but are required to maintain six feet of distance between tables.

City response

City council declared a local state of emergency at its public hearing on March 14. Council has held several emergency meetings since. 

On March 22, most City of Alexandria facilities were either closed to the public or open by appointment, according to a news release. Closed facilities included recreation spaces, nature and art centers, museums, indoor historic sites, library branches, public playgrounds, fenced play areas and fenced dog parks.

Now that the region is reopening, Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities is beginning to reopen outdoor amenities, including parks, trails, fields, dog parks and most sports courts, according to a news release. In addition, the Torpedo Factory Art Center reopened to the public on June 12.

ACT for Alexandria and the City of Alexandria have partnered to reinstate the ACT Now Fund during the COVID-19 outbreak. All money collected through the ACT Now Fund will go toward providing critical resources to nonprofit organizations on the frontline of serving the community, according to an ACT for Alexandria news release.

As of July 27, the fund had raised $966,913. Donate at www.givegab.com/campaigns/actnowcovid19fund.

Schools

Due to coronavirus, Alexandria City Public Schools closed all schools on March 16. While the division had planned to reopen on April 13, Gov. Northam announced on March 23 that all K-12 schools in Virginia will need to close until the end of the school year.

During closures, ACPS has promised to continue providing meals for children in need, and as well as any families who request it. ACPS will be providing breakfast and lunch meals for any ACPS student on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at four locations across the city: Cora Kelly School, Francis C. Hammond Middle School, Jefferson Houston School, T.C. Williams High School and William Ramsay Elementary School, according to a news release.

The virus

Common symptoms of coronavirus to appear two to 14 days after exposure include coughing, fever over 100.4 degrees and shortness of breath. The CDC recommends that anyone who suspects they have symptoms of COVID-19 call their healthcare provider for medical advice. 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, so the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus, according to the CDC. The CDC is recommending that people frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.

Testing

Patients with symptoms should contact their doctors for more information about testing, according to the city.

Inova, with support from the city, is using its Old Town primary care clinic as a respiratory illness clinic for testing. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 4:30 p.m by appointment only. From 2 to 4 p.m., the clinic will also have drive through testing capabilities for those who have been referred by their private care clinician.

Due to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the Arlandria community, Neighborhood Health set up its first asymptomatic testing site at Casa Chirilagua’s site on Mount Vernon Avenue on May 16. Testing was by appointment only for residents of the neighborhood, regardless of whether they had symptoms or not.

On Memorial Day, the city offered free testing for up to 3,000 people at temporary testing sites set up at Landmark Mall and Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology. Of the 2,953 people who were tested for COVID-19 between the two sites, 236 received positive results.

A large portion of non-Alexandrians were tested at the event. There were 1,776 Alexandria residents tested, 1,027 non-Alexandrians and 150 whose residences were not reported. While the majority of those tested were Alexandrians residents, the majority of the positive results were non-Alexandrians. Of the 236 positive tests, only 69 were for Alexandria residents.

The American Red Cross tested blood, platelet and plasma donors for antibodies to COVID-19 on June 25 at its Alexandria site.

This page will continue to be updated with new developments pertaining to coronavirus in Alexandria.

(Read more: COVID-19 hits Chirilagua hard)

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