Virginia Case Average Near 1,400, New Coronavirus Measures Start

Emily Leayman
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VIRGINIA — An additional 1,161 coronavirus cases were reported on Sunday, with the seven-day average of daily cases falling for a third day.

The average had been at a peak of 1,546 before decreasing for several days. At the midpoint of November, the latest average is 1,398, compared to 1,058 a month ago on Oct. 15. The total number of cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days is 229.7.

Sunday marks the start of new restrictions announced by Gov. Ralph Northam. Public and private gatherings were reduced from 250 to 25 individuals, both indoors and outdoors. 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.

In addition, alcohol sales, consumption and possession of alcohol must end by 10 p.m. at restaurants, dining establishments, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. This applies to restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms. Under current restrictions, individuals that consume alcohol before 10 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables spaced six feet apart. Restaurants must close by midnight.

There is also strengthened enforcement of state guidelines within essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies. While certain essential businesses were asked to adhere to guidelines on physical distancing, grocery stores and pharmacies as best practices, they can now lead to a Class 1 misdemeanor with enforcement through the Virginia Department of Health.

When announcing the new restrictions, Northam said Virginia has been faring better than other states. He did note that all five health regions have seen cases go up, with the most notable increase happening in Southwest Virginia. The governor hopes the restrictions will keep the coronavirus situation from getting worse in the state.

By region, new cases on Sunday include 419 in the northern region (seven-day average of 376.3), 244 in the southwest region (seven-day average of 381.3) 206 in the eastern region (seven-day average of 212.7), 165 in the northwest region (seven-day average of 218.9) and 127 in the central region (seven-day average of 208.7).

The southwest region leads the state with the highest percent positivity of PCR tests —10.4 percent. The statewide seven-day average is 7 percent as of Nov. 11. Before Sunday, the average had been below 7 percent since Sept. 12. Other regional averages include 7.5 percent in the northern region, 6.1 percent in the eastern region, 5.9 percent in the central region and 5.7 percent in the northwest region.

Across Virginia, 2,920,737 PCR tests have been completed to date, an increase of 33,735 from Saturday.

There was one new death reported statewide, and the seven-day average of daily new deaths is 13.3. A month ago on Oct. 15, the average was 8.6. The seven-day average of daily deaths per 100,000 people is 0.2.

Current hospitalizations stand at 1,284, and the seven-day average is 1,253. The breakdown by region is 328 in the northern region, 321 in the southwest region, 271 in the central region, 195 in the eastern region, and 169 in the northwest region.

According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, the 1,284 current COVID-19 patients across Virginia include 120 on ventilators and 252 in the intensive care units. Ventilator use among all hospital patients is at 27 percent, and ICU occupancy is at 71 percent. There are no hospitals reporting difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment or other medical supplies in the next 72 hours.

Below are the latest coronavirus data updates for our coverage area from Saturday to Sunday:

  • Alexandria: 4,635 cases, 336 hospitalizations, 76 deaths; increase of 16 cases

  • Arlington County: 5,298 cases, 561 hopsitalizations, 157 deaths; increase of 57 cases and two hospitalizations

  • Fairfax County: 26,432 cases, 2,402 hospitalizations, 610 deaths; increase of 174 cases, and five hospitalizations

  • Fairfax City: 181 cases, 17 hospitalizations, eight deaths; increase of three cases

  • Falls Church: 82 cases, 14 hospitalizations, seven deaths; no changes

  • Loudoun County: 8,810 cases, 516 hospitalizations, 135 deaths; increase of 104 cases and one hospitalization

  • Manassas: 2,140 cases, 133 hospitalizations, 28 deaths; increase of eight cases

  • Manassas Park: 677 cases, 59 hospitalizations, eight deaths; no changes

  • Prince William County: 15,777 cases, 1,044 hospitalizations, 229 deaths; increase of 57 cases

  • Fredericksburg: 632 cases, 55 hospitalizations, seven deaths; increase of two cases

  • Spotsylvania County: 2,730 cases, 168 hospitalizations, 55 deaths; increase of nine deaths

  • Stafford County: 2,743 cases, 180 hospitalizations, 22 deaths; increase of 18 cases

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This article originally appeared on the McLean Patch