New Cases Above 1,000 For Second Straight Day In Virginia

VIRGINIA — On Sunday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 1,067 new coronavirus cases, the second day of cases being above 1,000 since Sept. 18. The seven-day average of new cases has been below 1,000 since Sept. 18 and now stands at 818. The cumulative numbers of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia stand at 151,870 cases, 11,221 hospitalizations and 3,273 deaths.

The northern region led the state Sunday with 268 new cases, followed by the southwest region with 242 cases, eastern region with 237, central region with 184, and northwest region with 136.

However, data on positive rates of tests shows Northern Virginia has the lowest average. The seven-day averages of PCR tests by region are 6.2 percent in the southwest region, 5 percent in the northwest region, 4.7 percent in the eastern region, 4.4 percent in the central region. 4.2 percent in the northern region. Statewide, the positive average is 4.8 percent and 2,127,394 PCR tests have been completed, up 13,516 tests from Saturday.

Looking at VDH’s new Pandemic Metrics dashboard, Northern Virginia’s community transmission extent for the week ending on Sept. 26 was low with a decreasing trend. In the near southwest region, the community transmission is considered “substantial” but also with a decreasing trend. The far southwest, central, northwest and eastern regions have moderate community transmission, according to the weekly data.

COVID-19 hospitalizations stand at 877 statewide. That includes 229 in the central region, 197 in the eastern region, 189 in the northern region, 161 in the southwest region, and 101 in the northwest region. According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, 17,848 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals.

The current hospitalizations, as of Sunday, include 197 in the intensive care units and 98 on ventilators. Ventilator use stands at 20 percent among all Virginia hospital patients, and ICU occupancy is at 73 percent. There are no hospitals reporting difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment in the next 72 hours.

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for our coverage area between Saturday and Sunday:

  • Alexandria: 3,912 cases, 326 hospitalizations, 70 deaths; increase of 19 cases

  • Arlington County: 4,045 cases, 505 hospitalizations, 151 deaths; increase of 19 cases

  • Fairfax County: 21,282 cases, 2,178 hospitalizations, 590 deaths; increase of 106 cases and two hospitalizations

  • Fairfax City: 139 cases, 14 hospitalizations, eight deaths; increase of two cases

  • Falls Church: 72 cases, 13 hospitalizations, seven deaths; no changes

  • Loudoun County: 6,985 cases, 437 hospitalizations, 126 deaths; increase of 31 cases

  • Manassas: 1,947 cases, 130 hospitalizations, 24 deaths; increase of 11 cases

  • Manassas Park: 616 cases, 55 hospitalizations, eight deaths; increase of three cases

  • Prince William County: 12,744 cases, 924 hospitalizations, 209 deaths; increase of 77 cases and one hospitalization

  • Fredericksburg: 552 cases, 49 hospitalizations, five deaths; increase of two cases

  • Spotsylvania County: 2,187 cases, 136 hospitalizations, 46 deaths; increase of 10 cases

  • Stafford County: 2,065 cases, 161 hospitalizations, 17 deaths; increase of seven cases

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This article originally appeared on the Old Town Alexandria Patch

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