VA Long-Term Care Facilities Account For Vast Majority Of Deaths

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VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Health reported 432 additional cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, down by almost 90 cases from the number reported Wednesday. Officials also reported 14 new deaths from COVID-19 deaths, down from the 16 new deaths reported statewide Wednesday.

The latest cumulative totals for all of Virginia are 59,946 positive cases, 5,995 hospitalizations and 1,675 deaths. The vast majority of the deaths have occurred at long-term care facilities that have reported coronavirus outbreaks. At these long-term care facilities across the state, 1,023 people have died from the coronavirus.

The Birmingham Green nursing home and assisted living facility in Manassas, hard hit by the coronavirus, said it is taking a much-needed breath of fresh air. On Wednesday, the facility celebrated its 130th individual recovery from the coronavirus. The total number of people at Birmingham Green who have recovered includes 56 staff members, 59 residents at its nursing home, and 15 residents at its Willow Oaks assisted living facility.

“We know this fight isn’t over, but we are all cautiously optimistic that it is finally headed in a better direction,” Birmingham Green CEO Denise Chadwick Wright said Wednesday in a statement. “We haven’t experienced a new positive case in 26 days and we are taking every precaution to ensure that trend continues.”

As of Thursday, 590,404 tests (excluding antibody tests) have been completed in Virginia. The seven-day average for percent of positive test results was at 6.0 percent, down from 6.2 percent as of Wednesday. That 6.0 percent figures is also down from a peak of 22.2 percent on April 19.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, as of Thursday, 854 people were hospitalized for COVID-19, a decrease of 32 patients from the number of people who were reported hospitalized on Wednesday. An additional 53 coronavirus patients were discharged from Virginia's hospitals, increasing the total number to 7,818 people who have been discharged after being hospitalized.

As of Thursday, there were 104 pending or confirmed COVID-19 patients on ventilators, down from 107 on Wednesday. Among all Virginia hospital patients, 589 of 2,993 available ventilators are being used, representing 20 percent use. No hospitals are reporting difficulty obtaining or restocking personal protective gear or other medical supplies within the next 72 hours.

Loudoun County reported 56 new coronavirus crisis, the largest increase in new coronavirus cases among all jurisdictions in Virginia on Thursday. Prince William County had the third most new cases on Thursday at 26, and Fairfax County, the largest jurisdiction in the state population-wise, had the sixth most new cases at 23.

On Tuesday, the VDH erroneously reported the first death from the coronavirus in the city of Fredericksburg. The erroneous report was caused by confusion over mailing addresses. Many homes in the area have Fredericksburg addresses but are not located in the city of Fredericksburg. They are located in neighboring Stafford or Spotsylvania counties. Only addresses with the zip code 22401 are officially Fredericksburg city residences.

Here are the latest cumulative case updates for our coverage areas from Wednesday to Thursday:

  • Alexandria: 2,271 cases, 231 hospitalizations, 50 deaths; increase of 13 cases.

  • Arlington County: 2,445 cases, 416 hospitalizations, 127 deaths; increase of seven cases, one hospitalization and one death.

  • Fairfax County: 13,611 cases, 1,586 hospitalizations, 457 deaths; increase of 23 cases, seven hospitalizations and seven deaths.

  • Fairfax City: 69 cases, seven hospitalizations, seven deaths; no changes reported.

  • Falls Church: 57 cases, 11 hospitalizations, seven deaths; no changes reported.

  • Loudoun County: 3,739 cases, 261 hospitalizations, 85 deaths; increase of 56 cases, three hospitalizations and one death.

  • Manassas: 1,374 cases, 92 hospitalizations, 16 deaths; increase of four cases and one hospitalization.

  • Manassas Park: 417 cases, 44 hospitalizations, five deaths; increase of one case.

  • Prince William County: 7,064 cases, 641 hospitalizations, 137 deaths; increase of 26 cases, four hospitalizations and one death.

  • Fredericksburg: 236 cases, 24 hospitalizations, no deaths; increase of one case.

  • Spotsylvania County: 931 cases, 68 hospitalizations, 26 deaths; increase of seven cases and two hospitalization.

  • Stafford County: 954 cases, 91 hospitalizations, five deaths; increase of five cases and one less hospitalization reported.

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This article originally appeared on the Fredericksburg Patch

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