New Coronavirus Cases Top 1K In Virginia For 1st Time In 2 Weeks

VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Health reported 1,116 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, up from the 966 cases reported Friday. The new cases bring the cumulative case total in the state to 150,803.

The daily increase topped 1,000 cases for the first time since Sept. 18 when 1,242 new cases were reported. State health officials also reported a cumulative total of 11,191 hospitalization since the start of the pandemic and 3,270 deaths, an increase of 20 deaths since Friday.

The breakdown of new cases by region as of Saturday was 283 in the southwest region, 260 in the central region, 221 in the northern region, 187 in the northwest region and 165 in the eastern region. The seven-day average of new cases across Virginia is now 771.

The positive average of PCR tests remains at 4.7 percent, below the 5 percent rate recommended by the World Health Organization before reopening. The total of PCR tests completed in Virginia stands at 2,113,878, up 19,517 from Friday.

Four regions have averages below 5 percent — the northern region with 4.2 percent, the central region with 4.3 percent, the eastern region with 4.6 percent and the northwest region with 4.8 percent. The southwest region has an average above the statewide average — 6.0 percent.

Hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients stand at 906 statewide on Saturday. The breakdown of hospital patients by region is 239 in the central region, 208 in the northern region, 198 in the eastern region, 168 in the southwest region, and 93 in the northwest region.

The current hospitalizations, as of Saturday, include 191 in the intensive care units and 103 on ventilators, according to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. Ventilator use stands at 21 percent among all Virginia patients, and ICU occupancy remains at 80 percent. There are no hospitals reporting difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment in the next 72 hours.

Virginia residents in the 20-29 age group have the greatest number of positive tests, at 131,370 cases, or 20.1 percent of the state total. People older than 80 represent the highest number of deaths, at 1,566 people, or 47.9 percent of the number of Virginians who have died from COVID-19.

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

  • Alexandria: 3,893 cases, 326 hospitalizations, 70 deaths; increase of 20 cases and one death

  • Arlington County: 4,026 cases, 505 hospitalizations, 151 deaths; increase of 17 cases and two hospitalizations

  • Fairfax County: 21,176 cases, 2,176 hospitalizations, 590 deaths; increase of 112 cases and seven hospitalizations

  • Fairfax City: 137 cases, 14 hospitalizations, eight deaths; no changes

  • Falls Church: 72 cases, 13 hospitalizations, seven deaths; increase of one case

  • Loudoun County: 6,954 cases, 437 hospitalizations, 126 deaths; increase of 38 cases and one hospitalization

  • Manassas: 1,936 cases, 130 hospitalizations, 24 deaths; increase of six cases

  • Manassas Park: 613 cases, 55 hospitalizations, eight deaths; no changes

  • Prince William County: 12,667 cases, 923 hospitalizations, 209 deaths; increase of 27 cases, and one hospitalization; one death removed

  • Fredericksburg: 550 cases, 49 hospitalizations, five deaths; increase of one case

  • Spotsylvania County: 2,177 cases, 136 hospitalizations, 46 deaths; increase of seven cases

  • Stafford County: 2,058 cases, 161 hospitalizations, 17 deaths; increase of four cases

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This article originally appeared on the Fairfax City Patch

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