VIRGINIA — The total number of coronavirus cases in Virginia topped 200,000 Saturday, with the Virginia Department of Health reporting 1,537 new coronavirus cases. Virginia reached the milestone in cases a day after Gov. Ralph Northam restored some restrictions on residents and businesses
The new restrictions were relatively limited in scope. They reduced public and private gatherings to 25 individuals, both indoors and outdoors. This is down from the current 250-person limit.
The governor's face mask mandate is also expanded to include anyone five and over, including in school and child care settings. The mandate that has been in place since May 29 covers individuals ages 10 and over. The order applies to indoor public places.
The new restrictions are not expected to have a negative impact on the operations of small businesses.
As predicted, coronavirus numbers are increasing with the return of cool weather in the state. Cases have yet to begin to spiral out of control, though. And the expected availability of coronavirus vaccines for front-line health care workers and residents at assisted living facilities later this year or in early 2021 could further prevent a spike in the number of hospitalizations and deaths during the cold winter months.
Since the start of the pandemic, Virginia officials have reported 200,799 cases of the coronavirus. On Saturday, the new seven-day average dropped from 1,499 Friday to 1,418. A month ago on Oct. 14, the seven-day average was 1,131 cases.
By region, new cases include 435 in the southwest region (383.9 seven-day average), 331 in the northern region (378.9 seven-day average), 290 in the eastern region (213.1 seven-day average), 258 in the central region (213.4 seven-day average), and 223 in the central region (228.7 seven-day average).
As of Saturday, there are 1,312 current COVID-19 patients in Virginia hospitals, and the seven-day average is 1,225.3. The average of patients on Oct. 14 was 962.
By region, there are 349 patients in the northern region, 320 in the southwest region, 271 in the central region, 200 in the eastern region, and 172 in the northwest region.
According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, the 1,312 current COVID-19 patients across Virginia include 121 on ventilators and 261 in the intensive care units. Ventilator use among all hospital patients is at 28 percent, and ICU occupancy is at 82 percent. As of Saturday, no hospitals are reporting difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment or other medical supplies in the next 72 hours.
The death rate in Virginia remains far below levels reported in April and May. There were 14 new deaths reported to the Virginia Department of Health on Saturday. The seven-day average of new deaths reported is 13.6 compared to an average of 11.1 deaths on Oct. 14. In April and May, the death rate was average between 25 and 40 deaths per day.
The statewide seven-day average of positive PCR tests is 6.8 percent as of Nov. 10. The southwest region's average is 10.2 percent, while the northern region's average is 7.3 percent. Regions below that statewide average are the northwest region with 5.4 percent, eastern region with 5.9 percent and the central region with 6.1 percent. Across Virginia, 2,887,002 PCR tests have been completed to date, an increase of 22,993 from Friday.
Below are the latest coronavirus data updates for our coverage area from Friday to Saturday:
Alexandria: 4,619 cases, 336 hospitalizations, 76 deaths; increase of 17 cases
Arlington County: 5,241 cases, 559 hospitalizations, 157 deaths; increase of 50 cases, one hospitalization and two deaths
Fairfax County: 26,518 cases, 2,397 hospitalizations, 610 deaths; increase of 118 cases and four hospitalizations
Fairfax City: 178 cases, 17 hospitalizations, eight deaths; one new hospitalization
Falls Church: 82 cases, 14 hospitalizations, seven deaths; one case removed
Loudoun County: 8,706 cases, 515 hospitalizations, 135 deaths; increase of 64 cases
Manassas: 2,132 cases, 133 hospitalizations, 28 deaths; increase of 11 cases
Manassas Park: 677 cases, 59 hospitalizations, eight deaths; no changes
Prince William County: 15,720 cases, 1,044 hospitalizations, 229 deaths; increase of 72 cases, three hospitalizations and one death
Fredericksburg: 630 cases, 55 hospitalizations, seven deaths; increase of one case and one death
Spotsylvania County: 2,721 cases, 168 hospitalizations, 55 deaths; increase of 29 cases and one hospitalization
Stafford County: 2,725 cases, 180 hospitalizations, 22 deaths; increase of 40 cases and two hospitalizations