VIRGINIA — Despite Virginia Gov. Ralph Northram's executive order (Executive Order 63 Face Coverings) regarding the mandatory use of face masks, the number of positive coronavirus cases in the state has been on the rise this week, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
State health officials reported 677 new cases Saturday, up from 624 Friday and 432 on Thursday. There were 24 deaths reported Saturday, as well. Friday there were 25 reported deaths.
Still, the number of positive cases is significantly down from a record high This brings the total number of cases since the pandemic was declared to 61,247 with a current total of 6,120 hospitalizations and 1,724 deaths.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported that 535 people with confirmed cases of the coronavirus were admitted to Virginia hospitals on Saturday with another 234 hospitalized in intensive care with pending test results.
Graphic courtesy Virginia Department of Health
The good news is, to date, 7,968 patients have been released after being treated for the coronavirus in Virginia hospitals.
In an informal survey of Patch readers, opinions were split on whether the state is ready to start phase three of reopenings on July 1. Results of the survey, conducted Wednesday and Thursday, showed "yes" responses in favor of reopening on July 1 edging out the "no" responses 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent.
Here are the latest numbers of Virginia Patch coverage areas:
- Alexandria: 2,303 cases, 238 hospitalizations, 57 deaths
- Arlington County: 2,454 cases, 417 hospitalizations, 132 deaths
- Fairfax County: 13,728 cases, 1,605 hospitalizations, 468 deaths
- Fairfax City: 70 cases, seven hospitalizations, seven deaths
- Falls Church: 56 cases, 11 hospitalizations, seven deaths
- Loudoun County: 3,890 cases, 262 hospitalizations, 86 deaths
- Manassas: 1,382 cases, 95 hospitalizations, 16 deaths
- Manassas Park: 422 cases, 44 hospitalizations, five deaths
- Prince William County: 7,166 cases, 650 hospitalizations, 139 deaths
- Fredericksburg: 239 cases, 24 hospitalizations, no deaths
- Spotsylvania County: 945 cases, 73 hospitalizations, 29 deaths
- Stafford County: 974 cases, 91 hospitalizations, five deaths
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