Vaccine Demand Exceeds Supply
Arlington is receiving far fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses than needed to meet demand. The County is prepared to ramp up and expedite vaccinations as soon as it receives additional doses from Virginia. The distribution of vaccine to Virginia is managed by the CDC and the US Dept of Defense. The expansion of eligible people does not increase Arlington’s supply of vaccine. The County Manager and Public Health Director are working flat-out to secure vaccines and to get them into arms. News Release
After submitting the County COVID-19 vaccination registration form, the confirmation page displays the message shown below. It states there are problems sending email to aol.com and version.net email accounts. Email sent to such email accounts is occasionally not delivered for no apparent reason. So, if possible, you should not enter AOL or Verizon email accounts on the form. Your webmaster can confirm that these email providers (and also Yahoo) do randomly reject emails for no apparent reason. (AOL and Yahoo are both owned by Verizon.)
Arlington COVID-19 Pre-Registration Form
COVID Vaccine Eligibility Expands to 1c
Virginia Governor Northam announced that NoVa residents (including Arlington) who are over 65, and residents under 65 with comorbidities are being moved from phase 1c up to phase 1b of the state’s vaccination rollout. This means they now eligible to receive the vaccine. Ramping up the vaccination rate will require a better federal partnership, Northam said, which he expects to see with the Biden administration. WashingtonianArlington COVID-19 Pre-Registration Form
COVID Vaccination for Teachers
Arlington Public Schools announced that teacher vaccinations “will begin this weekend,” Sat, Jan 16. However, there are reports of computers crashing and appointment emails failing to arrive. ARLnow
COVID-19 Vaccinations Going Too Slowly
With an average vaccination rate of just over 225 doses per day over the past week, it would take the 843 days to administer a dose to the remainder of Arlington’s adult population. The PHD director told the Board it was having difficulty finding suitable locations for mass vaccinations. Commentators responded that the county has many schools and libraries that are currently unused. ARLnow
DC Clamps Down for Inauguration
DC is locking down near the Capitol, White House & National Mall. Crews have begun installing barriers. Cars parked in restricted zones after 8AM Thursday may be stuck there until after Jan 20.Expect changes will be made to this information. To get updates from DC Government text INAUG2021 to 888-777. DC Traffic on TwitterDC Inauguration Website Click to Continue Reading…
Metro Clamps Down for Inauguration
Metro will close 13 stations: 11 on Friday and 2 on Saturday. Stations will remain closed until Friday morning. Trains will pass through the closed stations without stopping. Beginning Friday and continuing for 6 days trains will operate on a Saturday schedule: every 15 minutes, except every 12 minutes on the Red Line.
Buses on 26 routes will detour around the expanded security perimeter from Fri to Thur. Buses will operate normal service on weekdays and weekends, except on Jan 20 buses will operate on a Saturday schedule. News Release
New COVID Variants Are Scary The New York Times reports Scientists are still learning about new versions of the coronavirus, including variants that emerged in Britain, South Africa and Brazil. The evidence so far indicates that they “are much more infectious than the Italian strain, which has been circulating here since February,” my colleague Donald G. McNeil Jr. told me. “That’s a game changer.” Behavior that may once have been only moderately risky — say, airplane travel — may now be more so… New York Times
Arlington 7-day average new cases: 52 per 100,000 residents. NYT Interactive
Free COVID-19 Testing
The county has placed two COVID-19 testing kiosks in county-owned parking lots in south Arlington. Both will operate from noon to 8PM, 7 days per week. Results are promised within 72 hours. Doctor referrals or government identification is not required. The locations are:
● Aurora Hills Community Center, 735 S 18th St
● Tucker Field at Barcroft Park, 4200 S Four Mile Run Dr
Unfortunately, a recent Food and Drug Administration advisory warned of false negative results with this test. False negatives indicate that someone is COVID-19 free, when they actually have COVID-19. FDA AdvisoryCounty News ReleaseVideo of Testing ProcessMake an Appointment
Arlington Rents Drop 15% A survey of the nation’s 50 largest cities finds that COVID-19 disrupted the rental market in expensive cities, like Arlington. The change in annual trend started late March as COVID-19 concerns intensified. At the same time rents rose in midsize cities. The survey notes that expensive rental markets possess many renters able to telework, eliminating the need to live close to work. Also, laid-off workers became unable to continue paying high rents. The farther away from city centers, rents have not declined as much. Further declines are not anticipated. Survey at Apartment List
APS Return-to-School Update Jan 8 2021
Superintendent Durán provided an update on APS return-to-school status & decisions.
● Teachers & staff will begin a phased return to school buildings in late Jan.
● No dates for students return; don’t want to give dates that get recinded.
● Health metrics are far from enabling students to return.
● Majority of teachers (61%) oppose students returning to school.
● Average number of student devices connecting to the network: 96%.
● Will launch a COVID-19 app for health screening of employees & families.
● Will publish COVID-19 statistics by building, facility, or division.
● K-12 teachers are included in the state’s second phase vaccine rollout.
● A distance learning task force has been established. News ReleaseSlide Deck
COVID Phase 1B Shots Begin Mon, Jan 11
Starting Jan 11, in Arlington and several other health districts, Virginia will overlap vaccination of groups 1A and 1B to ensure people are vaccinated as quickly and efficiently as possible.
● Group 1A: Healthcare personnel and people living in long-term care.
● Group 1B: Persons 75 and older; Police, Fire, & Hazmat; Corrections & homeless shelter workers; Childcare/K-12 Teachers/Staff; Food and Agriculture (including Veterinarians); Manufacturing; Grocery store workers; Public transit workers; Mail carriers (USPS and private); and officials needed to maintain continuity of government.
It is expected to take several weeks or months to vaccinate Virginians in Phase 1b. The ability to schedule appointments depends on vaccine supply, which is limited. News Release
Arlington Pre-Registration Form Arlington residents in group 1B & 1C can pre-register. Arlington County Public Health Division will email 1B registrants to schedule appointments. Phase 1C registrants will be notified when Arlington moves into Phase 1C. Arlington Pre-Registration
Northam to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccinations
Northam set an initial goal of vaccinating 25,000 Virginians each day when supply allows. Medical facilities will be required to put the vaccine they receive into arms as soon as possible, or risk having future vaccine allotments reduced. K-12 teachers and child care workers will be among the next priority group after Group A. The Virginia National Guard will provide logistical support and help local health departments. News Release
LVCA General Meeting: Residential Permit Parking
When: Mon, Jan 11, 8PM
Where: Virtual via Zoom About Zoom ONLINE ONLY: There is no meeting at the Community House. Police Update
The meeting will start with an update from LV’s Community Policing Team. Residential Permit Parking Program
The January meeting will feature an overview of proposed changes to Arlington’s Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP). Many people know it as “Zone 6 Parking.” Join us to learn more about the changes that the county is considering: some good and some that LVCA Board Members think should be changed.
The presenter will be LVCA Board Member Andrew Rude, who has been following the RPP review process for LVCA. County staff were invited to make a presentation, but declined.
Members of other neighborhood associations, who will be impacted by changes to the RPP have been invited to this online meeting.
A link to the meeting will be emailed to all subscribers to the LVCA broadcast email on the day of the event (Jan 11); just click the link in the email to join the meeting. Please join the meeting a bit early, like 7:50 PM, so you will be ready when we start promptly at 8 PM. The meeting is limited to 100 attendees so latecomers may not be able to join.
Parent to Sue School Board to Reopen Schools
Parents group “Arlington Parents for Education” failed to get support from the County Board for getting schools reopened. An activist parent is planning to sue the School Board to re-open schools. Many APS COVID Dashboard indicators continue at "highest" or "higher" risk levels. Correction: APE says it is not a party to the suit.InsideNoVaWDVMAPS COVID DashboardArlington Parents for Education
Arlington Averaging One COVID Death Per Day
● Seven Arlington residents died of COVID-19 in the last week of 2020
● The Positive Test Rate is 7.8% (above 5% = “too high”)
● Total vaccine doses administered was 1,235 (0.5% of 2019 population)
● At VHC 96% of inpatient beds are filled (above 85% = “functionally full”) Va Dept Health COVID Dashboard Va Dept Health COVID Vaccine Dashboard
Holding a Cell Phone While Driving Is Illegal In 2021
Virginia’s hands-free law, taking effect on Jan 1, makes it illegal to drive holding a cell phone in Virginia. Previously, only texting or emailing while driving was against the law. Drivers can talk hands-free, using a speaker or headphone (one ear only, headphones in both ears violates a different law). Fines are $125 for a first offense and $250 for a second offense or if driving in a construction zone. Last year distracted driving resulted in 120 deaths in Virginia. This compares to 4,984 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia.)Code of Virginia § 46.2-818.2
Surge-Price Parking Planned for Clarendon
County Board approved a test of surge-price parking along the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. This would vary parking meter prices by time of day and location based on demand. The new system is expected start during FY 2022. County Board Agenda Item
The County Will Take Your Tree And Turn It Into Mulch
Special tree collection for residential customers: Jan 4–15. After Jan 15 trees are picked up as part of regular year-round yard waste collection.
● Place trees at the curb before 6AM on trash day (Wed in LV)
● Tree only: remove decorations, nails, stands, etc.
● Do not place trees in plastic bags
● Cut trees over 8-feet tall into smaller pieces Residents Without Curbside Pickup May Drop Off Trees
Those living in townhomes, apartments and condominiums can bring trees to the Solid Waste Bureau’s Earth Products Yard in Shirlington. Call 703-228-5000 Mon–Fri 7AM–7PM to schedule an appointment. Proof of Arlington residence required. Some Other Holiday Waste is Recyclable
● Most boxes, wrapping paper & gift bags can be recycled
● Can not recycle items with any glitter or metallic coating
● Can not recycle tissue paper, bubble wrap, lights, ornaments, etc. County Recycling Website Holiday Recycling Guide
APS 1Q2020 Grade Report
The report compares student grades in 1Q2019 (in-class education) to 1Q2020 (distance learning) for Middle School (MS) and High School (HS) students. Results are similar to APS previous report for K-2 students: significant disparities between economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students.
However, the APS report suggests that both economically disadvantaged and non-economically disadvantaged students who were already doing well in school, continue to do well. The decline in grades appears to be concentrated in economically disadvantaged students who were already not doing well in school. APS is developing programs to assist those whose grades declined. Click to Continue Reading…
New Key School Name: Comments Sought
APS has started the process for naming the new elementary school on the current site of the Key Immersion program. In the brainstorming session, the naming committee came up the following list of names.
We would like LV community feedback on these names. What do you like? What do you not like? Do you have any concerns about any of the names? Do you have any other suggestions?
Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP) Re-Scheduled
The Residential Permit Parking Program (RPP) Review project has been assessing the purpose and function of Arlington’s RPP program, considering the program’s efficiency, user experience, and fairness. It is the first major review of the RPP in over 10 years.
Public Hearing Re-Scheduled to Feb 24
To give residents more time to respond the County Board has re-scheduled a public hearing on RPP from Jan 23 to Feb 24. Board members said they are open to pushing off the hearing further to engage more people and give residents more time to consider the changes.
LVCA Opposes Unrestricted Two-Hour Paid Parking
LVCA’s RPP Survey of LV residents held Nov 2018 indicated strong support (98%) for the existing RPP. LVCA’s review of the proposed changes identified one serious problem: permitting 2-hour paid parking in restricted residential zones. LVCA is opposing that one element of the proposed RPP revision. The problems LVCA sees with 2-hour paid parking include:
● It provides no effective enforcement, making it likely to be abused.
● It will likely increase traffic in residential neighborhoods.
● It will likely clog residential neighborhoods with commuter parking, a problem the RPP was originally created to prevent. Click to Continue Reading…
More Speed Cameras Proposed
Arlington wants to deploys speed cameras and to lower speed limits in residential and business districts below 25 miles per hour. Board member Dorsey said “Automated ticket enforcement has the potential to improve safety… and further advance equitable outcomes by reducing or eliminating race-based disparities in speed enforcement.” ARLnow
12 Days of Active Winter Break
County staff and residents will be offering 12 different, kid-friendly activities for 12 Days of Active Winter Break to keep students and their families active and entertained. Activities will be free, physically distant, accessible, and walk/bike friendly.
The 12 Days will start with a kick-off event held on Zoom on Thur, Dec 17, from 6:30-7:30 PM. Register in Advance
Daily activities will be posted on social media.