COVID-19 Update: Cases on the Rise

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MAY 23, 2022

Arlington Encourages Caution Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases

Arlington County and the region continue to experience a rise in COVID-19 cases. As of May 23, 2022, the County remains in the CDC’s Medium Community Level of transmission, with a positivity rate hovering around 14.7% – its highest since early January.  


Use layered prevention strategies to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy – and to keep up the progress we’ve made in fighting the pandemic: 

  • Stay up to date on vaccines, including getting a booster as soon as you’re eligible. Everyone 5 years and older should get fully vaccinated (and boosted as soon as they’re eligible!) to strengthen protection against variants.
  • If you think you’re sick, act like it! Wear a mask, distance from others, and get tested – then stay home until your results come back.
  • Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you have been exposed. Get tested before and after traveling or when gathering with people at high risk for severe disease, even if you think your symptoms may be due to allergies.
  • Wear a mask if you’re symptomatic, using public transportation, test positive, or think you might be sick.
  • Socialize outdoors.
  • Use COVIDWise to privately and securely alert people you’ve been around that you’re sick – and learn if you may have been exposed, too. Don’t want to download an app? Turn on Exposure Notifications on your iPhone or Android.
COVID-19 prevention strategies

Children 5–11 Years-Old, Teens and Adults Eligible for Booster Doses

Everyone ages 5 years and older can get one booster dose after completing their COVID-19 vaccine primary series.


Certain people are eligible for a second booster dose, including:

  • Adults ages 50 years and older got their first booster at least four months ago
  • People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and got their first booster at least four months ago
  • People who got two doses (one primary dose and one booster) of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Use this easy CDC calculator to learn if it’s time for you to get a booster.

Vaccines for Kids Under 5 on the Horizon

The County is preparing to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children under 5 once they're approved by the FDA, CDC, and Virginia Department of Health.

COVID-19 News & Notes

  • County libraries and community centers are offering free, at-home COVID-19 rapid tests during normal business hours, in addition to the County’s no-cost, no-appointment PCR COVID-19 testing. Limited supply is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Residents are also encouraged to order free at-home tests through the federal government.
  • Not sure if or how long to stay home if you may be sick with COVID-19? Use this tool to find out.
  • Most people can recover from COVID-19 using at-home treatments. Learn more and talk with your health care provider about whether treatment is right for you.
  • The County’s vaccine clinics at Arlington Mill and Walter Reed Community Centers will be closed from Saturday, May 28 until Tuesday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday.

Questions about COVID-19? Call the County's public information line at

703-228-7999, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Arlington County COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

Through May 23, 2022, 79.3% of eligible Arlington County residents are fully vaccinated, and 88.2% have had at least one dose. 

COVID-19 vaccinations 05-23-2022