City of Alexandria announces first case of coronavirus

Posted at 6:40 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 06:40:20-04

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Alexandria Health Department announced that an Alexandria resident has tested “presumptive positive” for coronavirus on March 11.

Officials say the patient is currently doing well and is isolated at home.

As of right now, News 3 is waiting for the Virginia Department of Heath to update the official number of cases within the state.

“There have been cases of COVID-19 in most states and across the National Capital Region,” said AHD Director Dr. Stephen A. Haering. “The Alexandria Health Department and the City of Alexandria have been preparing for this. COVID-19 is an evolving situation, and we will continue to share information as it becomes available. Based on our current investigation, the general Alexandria community is still at low risk for COVID-19.”

On March 10, AHD was notified that a resident of Washington, D.C. associated with Christ Church in Georgetown, who now has a confirmed case of COVID-19, spent time at the Immanuel Chapel of the Virginia Theological Seminary (3737 Seminary Rd.). AHD’s investigation identified and called individuals who had close contact with the Washington, D.C. resident, to advise them to self-quarantine at home.

One of those close contacts was the Alexandria resident who tested presumptive positive today. AHD was notified of the test earlier tonight. “Presumptive positive” means the test conducted by the state Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services in Richmond was positive and is pending confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).