NoVA Counties Lead State's Surge In Positive Coronavirus Cases

Mark Hand

VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,544 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, lifting the seven-day average of daily cases to a new high of 2,403.

All regions are seeing upticks in daily cases. Northern Virginia's seven-day average of new cases increased from 239.3 a month ago on Oct. 24 to 664.6 on Tuesday.

By region, new cases on Tuesday included 865 in the northern region (664.6 seven-day average), 588 in the southwest region (599.0 seven-day average), 437 in the central region (355.1 seven-day average), 334 in the northwest region (384.1 seven-day average), and 320 in the eastern region (400.0 seven-day average).

The three jurisdictions in the state with the most cases on Tuesday were in Northern Virginia: 381 new cases in Fairfax County, 196 new cases in Prince William County and 167 new cases in Loudoun County.

The 865 new cases in Northern Virginia came after Virginia reported a record high 3,242 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, with more than 900 in Northern Virginia.

Across Virginia, total cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days was 336.6, up from 300.8 on Sunday. The seven-day average of daily deaths reported was 20.6.

While new cases are trending up, the seven-day average of tests performed has increased during November. As of Nov. 21, that average of daily testing numbers was 25,540 compared to 17,538 a month ago on Oct. 21.

As of Nov. 21, the seven-day average of positive PCR tests was 7.4 percent statewide. The southwest region's 10.1 percent average continues to lead the state, while other regional averages include 8.1 percent in the northern region, 7.0 percent in the eastern region, 5.7 percent in the northwest region and 5.4 percent in the central region.

Current hospitalizations stand at 1,496 statewide as of Tuesday, and the seven-day average is 1,504.6. The current total includes 399 patients in the northern region, 323 in the southwest region, 293 in the central region, 258 in the eastern region, and 223 in the northwest region.

According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, the 1,496 current COVID-19 patients include 146 on ventilators and 354 in the intensive care units. Ventilator use among all hospital patients is at 29 percent, and ICU occupancy is at 75 percent.

There are no hospitals reporting difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment or other medical supplies in the next 72 hours. The last time PPE difficulties were reported was Sept. 18.

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, the Virginia Department of Health urges Virginians to avoid travel for Thanksgiving due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Virginia and the U.S. For those that do travel, the VDH recommends checking travel restrictions, getting a flu shot, wearing a mask in public places, maintaining six feet of distance from people outside your household and washing hands or using sanitizer.

Below are the latest coronavirus data updates for our coverage area as of Tuesday:

  • Alexandria: 5,051 cases, 350 hospitalizations, 77 deaths

  • Arlington County: 5,905 cases, 569 hospitalizations, 157 deaths

  • Fairfax County: 29,179 cases, 2,482 hospitalizations, 617 deaths

  • Fairfax City: 200 cases, 17 hospitalizations, eight deaths

  • Falls Church: 93 cases, 14 hospitalizations, seven deaths

  • Loudoun County: 9,512 cases, 544 hospitalizations, 139 deaths

  • Manassas: 2,238 cases, 136 hospitalizations, 28 deaths

  • Manassas Park: 706 cases, 60 hospitalizations, eight deaths

  • Prince William County: 17,158 cases, 1,071 hospitalizations, 234 deaths

  • Fredericksburg: 669 cases, 56 hospitalizations, six deaths

  • Spotsylvania County: 2,995 cases, 176 hospitalizations, 57 deaths

  • Stafford County: 3,098 cases, 189 hospitalizations, 22 deaths

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This article originally appeared on the Woodbridge Patch