VIRGINIA — On Monday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 1,505 new coronavirus cases, the second highest daily number the state has seen since the pandemic begin. There were just two new deaths reported statewide, including two in Fairfax County.
The latest cumulative totals are 86,072 cases, 7,647 and 2,082 deaths.
The 1,505 new cases represents the highest daily increase in July and highest number since May 26, when 1,615 cases were reported. The 7-day average of new cases is now 1,110, compared to 543 a month ago on June 27. While the average of new cases declined in early June and stabilized in late June, the average increased through much of July.
In Northern Virginia, the 7-day average of new cases has been stable since mid-June. There was a slight uptick in the average from 168.6 to 211.1 cases between Sunday and Monday. Northern Virginia accounted for 436 of the state's 1,505 new cases on Monday. This included 40 in Alexandria, 16 in Arlington, 153 in the Fairfax Health District, 94 in Loudoun County, and 133 in the Prince William Health District.
The seven major cities of Hampton Roads collectively had 551 new cases on Monday. This included 95 in Chesapeake, 43 in Hampton, 50 in Newport News, 110 in Norfolk, 25 in Portsmouth, 34 in Suffolk and 194 in Virginia Beach.
Over the weekend, Gov. Ralph Northam had said officials were monitoring public health data, especially in the Hampton Roads region where cases have increased. In an interview with WAVY.com, he highlighted concerns with the increasing percent positivity of tests in the Hampton Roads region and residents not following public health guidelines. On July 25, Virginia Beach alone reported its record high of 329 new cases.
Northam said that state or "hotspot" guidelines are possible if numbers do not improve.
While new cases are up statewide and in Hampton Roads, the same trend hasn't been true for coronavirus deaths. The 7-day moving average of 7.3 deaths is less than half of what it was a month ago on June 27 (16.7 deaths). The July peak average was 20.7 deaths on July 3.
The 7-day average of positive tests was 7.5 percent as of July 23, the same average as the previous day. The average for Northern Virginia on July 23 was 5.8 percent. As of Monday, 1,036,010 nasal swab tests have been completed in Virginia, an increase of 10,944 tests from Sunday.
Current hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients stand at 1,200 as of Monday, up from 1,174 on Sunday. According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, 10,940 COVID-19 patients have been discharged, up from 10,882 on Sunday.
Hospitalized patients include 260 in the intensive care units and 140 on ventilators. Ventilator use among all hospital patients stands at 20 percent, while ICU occupancy is at 77 percent. No hospitals are experiencing difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment or other medical supplies in the next 72 hours.
Here are the latest case updates for our coverage areas from Sunday to Monday:
Alexandria: 2,735 cases, 266 hospitalizations, 57 deaths; increase of 40 cases and one hospitalization
Arlington County: 2,823 cases, 431 hospitalizations, 135 deaths; increase of 16 cases
Fairfax County: 15,455 cases, 1,855 hospitalizations, 517 deaths; increase of 151 cases, four hospitalizations and two deaths
Fairfax City: 76 cases, 10 hospitalizations, seven deaths; increase of two cases
Falls Church: 55 cases, 10 hospitalizations, six deaths; no change
Loudoun County: 4,914 cases, 327 hospitalizations, 106 deaths; increase of 94 cases and two hospitalizations
Manassas: 1,575 cases, 118 hospitalizations, 20 deaths; increase of eight cases
Manassas Park: 486 cases, 49 hospitalizations, seven deaths; increase of three cases
Prince William County: 8,580 cases, 764 hospitalizations, 167 deaths; increase of 122 cases and one hospitalization
Fredericksburg: 329 cases, 38 hospitalizations, two deaths; one death removed, increase of nine cases and one hospitalization
Spotsylvania County: 1,244 cases, 91 hospitalizations, 33 deaths; increase of 19 cases, two hospitalizations and one death
Stafford County: 1,202 cases, 115 hospitalizations, seven deaths; increase of 17 cases and four hospitalizations