The bad news is that the rate of new coronavirus cases in Arlington continues to rise. The good news is that few people are getting seriously ill from the disease.
The trailing seven-day average of new Covid cases in the county is now up to 32, the highest point since mid-April, when getting vaccinated still required proof of eligibility. On Friday, 42 new cases were reported, the highest one-day total since April 9.
With more than 70% of adults in Arlington having received at least one vaccination dose, on top of those who received doses from a federal agency (which aren’t tracked at a local level) or who have some level of natural immunity from a prior infection, the virus is no longer causing the same level of severe illness and death locally that prompted stay-at-home orders earlier in the pandemic.
Five hospitalizations and no deaths have been reported in Arlington over the past two weeks, according to Virginia Dept. of Health data. Only one hospitalization has been reported over the seven days week.
The more contagious delta variant of the virus has been filling hospitals in parts of the South, particularly those with lower vaccination rates. While “breakthrough” cases among vaccinated individuals happen, they are relatively uncommon, and it’s statistically rare for vaccinated individuals to suffer severe illness or death.
Despite the high local vaccination rate, Arlington County is urging even those who have been vaccinated to wear a mask indoors while in public.
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, Arlington County advises following the updates guidance from CDC, which recommends wearing a mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status. https://t.co/RHmCCfx9yX
— Arlington County (@ArlingtonVA) August 6, 2021
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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
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About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
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