The Latest on the COVID-19 Coronavirus (As of April 12th)

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April 12th Update:

City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; COVID-19 Treatment Options; Spring Travel Safety Reminder

­­For Immediate Release: April 12, 2022

Alexandria is currently at a low COVID-19 community level according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Everyone should stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Individuals may choose to wear a mask at any time. Specific settings, such as health care and congregate facilities, may require masks.

COVID-19 Treatment Options

Various COVID-19 treatment options are available in northern Virginia. If you are at high-risk of severe illness from COVID-19, know your treatment options and talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate.

The Test to Treat program is a federal initiative that launched in March at pharmacy-based clinics and other locations. The program provides diagnosis and immediate access to two types of lifesaving anti-COVID-19 pills. People with high risk conditions who either test positive for COVID-19 on-site or bring in evidence of a positive COVID-19 test, including a home test, can now receive a prescription and have it filled all in one visit. 

Anti-COVID-19 medications, including pills, injections and infusions, are also available by prescription outside of the Test to Treat program. Visit the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) therapeutics website to learn more. VDH also offers a COVID-19 Treatment Locator to search for pharmacies and other facilities with COVID-19 treatment options in Virginia. While the COVID-19 therapeutics are free, some individuals may be charged a copay depending on their insurance and treatment location. 

Spring Travel Safety Reminder

The Alexandria Health Department reminds everyone to travel safely this spring. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is to stay up-to-date on your vaccinations. If you will be spending time with individuals at higher risk of severe COVID-19, consider getting tested 1-3 days before you travel to see them. Monitor yourself for symptoms after you travel. Masks are currently still required on public transportation such as taxis, planes and trains. Free testing options in Alexandria can be found at alexandriava.gov/COVIDTesting.

Alexandria COVID-19 Vaccination Data At-a-Glance

The dashboard below includes the percentage of residents ages 5 and older who are fully vaccinated, the number partially and fully vaccinated, and progress toward Alexandria’s and the state’s vaccination goals. Vaccination charts are available at alexandriava.gov/120654. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus

At least one dose: Total number of people who received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including those who received one dose of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. This metric includes all people who have received only one dose and those who received at least one dose.

Fully Vaccinated: Total number or percent of people who have completed the recommended series of a given vaccine product (i.e., two doses of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine).

Partially Vaccinated: Total number of people who have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine course but have not yet received the second dose.

Continue following safety measures even after vaccination. Get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you test positive, help loved ones and neighbors by informing your close contacts using “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharic, and Arabic

April 5th Update:

City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; April Emergency Food Distributions

­­For Immediate Release: April 5, 2022

Alexandria is currently at a low COVID-19 community level according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Everyone should stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Individuals may choose to wear a mask at any time. Specific settings, such as health care and congregate facilities, may require masks.

April Emergency Food Distributions

ALIVE! provides bags of food to specific neighborhoods and apartment buildings at pop-up events throughout April, in collaboration with community partners. ALIVE!’s April food distribution will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Drive-through locations include Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus (lot B-1 via Dawes Ave.). Walk-up locations include Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and William Ramsay Recreation Center (5650 Sanger Ave.). Distributions take place in the parking lot at each location. 

Please follow current health guidance and stay home if you feel sick. ALIVE! food distributions are for City of Alexandria residents. No ID required. Visit www.alive-inc.org for information about upcoming food distribution events and pop-up food distributions. Additional food assistance resources are available for Alexandria residents.

Alexandria COVID-19 Vaccination Data At-a-Glance

The dashboard below includes the percentage of residents ages 5 and older who are fully vaccinated, the number partially and fully vaccinated, and progress toward Alexandria’s and the state’s vaccination goals. Vaccination charts are available at alexandriava.gov/go/2994. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Chart 2022-04-04

At least one dose: Total number of people who received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including those who received one dose of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. This metric includes all people who have received only one dose and those who received at least one dose.

Fully Vaccinated: Total number or percent of people who have completed the recommended series of a given vaccine product (i.e., two doses of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine).

Partially Vaccinated: Total number of people who have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine course but have not yet received the second dose. 

Continue following safety measures even after vaccination. Get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you test positive, help loved ones and neighbors by informing your close contacts using “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharic, and Arabic

February 22nd Update:

City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; VDH Text to Those with COVID; ALIVE! Food Distribution

­­For Immediate Release: February 22, 2022

Help end the pandemic by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, washing your hands frequently, and getting vaccinated.

VDH Text to Those with COVID 

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) sends a text message to phone numbers associated with a reported positive COVID-19 test to help people act quickly and stay informed. The phone number may show up as either 804-336-3915 or 855-922-2644. The text will read, "The VA Dept of Health received info about your [date] COVID-19 test. Stay home to stop COVID-19 spread. Learn more at: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/isolation-quarantine/. Call your healthcare provider or lab for test result questions. Para español, responda a este texto con el número ‘1’."

ALIVE! Food Distribution

ALIVE!’s upcoming food distribution will take place on Saturday, February 26 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Drive-through locations include Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus (lot B-1 via Dawes Ave.). Walk-up locations include Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and William Ramsay Recreation Center (5650 Sanger Ave.). Bags of food (groceries, produce, chicken, eggs, bread) are distributed in the parking lot at each site. ALIVE! food distributions are for City of Alexandria residents. No ID required. Visit www.alive-inc.org for more information. Learn more about additional food assistance resources

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The Alexandria COVID-19 Dashboard below shows the daily change in the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and 7-day average, as well as the cumulative totals. The chart focuses on the past 90 days and provides context for the CDC transmission levels. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. The Alexandria COVID-19 Vaccination Status dashboard below includes the percentage of residents ages 5 and older who are fully vaccinated, the number partially and fully vaccinated, and progress toward Alexandria’s and the state’s vaccination goals. Vaccination charts are available at alexandriava.gov/120654. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the vaccination progress

At least one dose: Total number of people who received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including those who received one dose of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. This metric includes all people who have received only one dose and those who received at least one dose.

Fully Vaccinated: Total number or percent of people who have completed the recommended series of a given vaccine product (i.e., two doses of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine). 

Partially Vaccinated: Total number of people who have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine course but have not yet received the second dose. 

Continue following measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 even after vaccination. Get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you test positive, help loved ones and neighbors by informing your close contacts using “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharic, and Arabic, or this brief video

January 25th Update:

City of Alexandria Provides COVID-19 Updates; ALIVE! Food Distribution; Updated CDC Mask Guidance

­­For Immediate Release: January 25, 2022

Help end the pandemic by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, washing your hands frequently, and getting vaccinated

ALIVE! Food Distribution

ALIVE!’s January food distribution will take place on Saturday, January 29 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Drive-through locations include Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus (lot B-1 via Dawes Ave.). Walk-up locations include Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and William Ramsay Recreation Center (5650 Sanger Ave.). Bags of food (groceries, produce, chicken, eggs, bread) are distributed in the parking lot at each site. ALIVE! food distributions are for City of Alexandria residents. No ID required. View the February ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar or visit www.alive-inc.org for more information. Learn more about additional food assistance resources.

Updated CDC Mask Guidance

The City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department continue to urge Alexandria residents, businesses and visitors to “Wear It Well” by wearing a mask in public indoor spaces, whether vaccinated or not. This follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that everyone should wear masks in indoor public settings in communities of substantial or high transmission. Wearing a mask protects yourself, your family and your community from the current surge of the more contagious COVID-19 omicron variant. 

In addition to wearing a mask in indoor public places, “Wear It Well” by following recently updated mask guidance from the CDC: 

  • Wear a mask with the best fit, protection and comfort for you.
  • Choose a mask that has two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
  • The mask should completely cover your nose, mouth and chin.
  • A well-fitting mask fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn't have gaps.

To help spread the word about wearing masks in public, ‘Masks Recommended’ signs and flyers are available to all organizations, businesses and residences to download and print. 

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The Alexandria COVID-19 Dashboard below shows the daily change in the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and 7-day average, as well as the cumulative totals. The chart focuses on the past 90 days and provides context for the CDC transmission levels. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. The Alexandria COVID-19 Vaccination Status dashboard below includes the percentage of residents ages 5 and older who are fully vaccinated, the number partially and fully vaccinated, and progress toward Alexandria’s and the state’s vaccination goals. Vaccination charts are available at alexandriava.gov/120654. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the vaccination progress

At least one dose: Total number of people who received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including those who received one dose of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. This metric includes all people who have received only one dose and those who received at least one dose.

Fully Vaccinated: Total number or percent of people who have completed the recommended series of a given vaccine product (i.e., two doses of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine).

Partially Vaccinated: Total number of people who have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine course but have not yet received the second dose. 

Continue following measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 even after vaccination. Get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you test positive, help loved ones and neighbors by informing your close contacts using “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/125871.

December 7th Update:

­­For Immediate Release: December 7, 2021

Help end the pandemic by wearing a mask over both your nose and mouth, washing your hands frequently, and getting vaccinated

Treatment for COVID-19 Infections

As Alexandria returns to high levels of community spread, more residents are sick with COVID-19 or have a sick loved one. Most mild cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home using over the counter medicines to treat symptoms. Those who are at high risk of severe disease͢—such as older adults, pregnant people and those with underlying medical conditions—should consult their healthcare provider about whether an FDA approved or authorized treatment can reduce their risk of hospitalization or death. The best treatment is prevention. Find a vaccine appointment at alexandriava.gov/Vaccines

ALIVE! Food Distribution

ALIVE!’s December food distribution will take place on Saturday, December 11 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Drive-through locations include Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus (lot B-1 via Dawes Ave.). Walk-up locations include Cora Kelly Elementary School (3600 Commonwealth Ave.) and William Ramsay Recreation Center (5650 Sanger Ave.). Bags of food (groceries, produce, chicken, eggs, bread) are distributed in the parking lot at each site. Groceries will be distributed in reusable bags to help minimize plastic pollution and share information about the 5-cent plastic bag tax that goes into effect on January 1, 2022. ALIVE! food distributions are for City of Alexandria residents. No ID required. View the December ALIVE! Food Distribution Calendar or visit www.alive-inc.org for more information. Learn more about additional food assistance resources

Alexandria COVID-19 Data At-a-Glance

The Alexandria COVID-19 Dashboard below shows the daily change in the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths and 7-day average, as well as the cumulative totals. The chart focuses on the past 90 days and provides context for the CDC transmission levels. An interactive version is available at alexandriava.gov/114883. The Alexandria COVID-19 Vaccination Status dashboard below includes the percentage of residents ages 5 and older who are fully vaccinated, the number partially and fully vaccinated, and progress toward Alexandria’s and the state’s vaccination goals. Vaccination charts are available at alexandriava.gov/120654. Detailed data, including data on age, race and ethnicity, are available at alexandriava.gov/Coronavirus

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases, and the daily and cumulative case and fatality counts

 

Open an interactive version of a chart providing details of the vaccination progress

At least one dose: Total number of people who received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including those who received one dose of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine. This metric includes all people who have received only one dose and those who received at least one dose.

Fully Vaccinated: Total number or percent of people who have completed the recommended series of a given vaccine product (i.e., two doses of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine).

Partially Vaccinated: Total number of people who have received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine course but have not yet received the second dose. 

Continue following measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 even after vaccination. Get tested if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you test positive, help loved ones and neighbors by informing your close contacts using “What to Do If You Get Sick” guidance, which is available in SpanishAmharicArabic, and Farsi or this brief video

 

Previous updates:

Summer/Fall 2021 Updates

Spring 2021 Updates

Winter 2020-2021 Updates

Fall 2020 Updates

Summer 2020 Updates

May 2020 Updates

April 2020 Updates

March 2020 Updates

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