Both Virginia and Northern Virginia continue to post higher numbers of new COVID-19 cases, even though diagnostic test positivity rates set new lows across the region, according to the latest reports from the Virginia Department of Health.

Statewide, 1,235 new coronavirus cases were reported Tuesday and another 805 on Wednesday, the health department said. Tuesday's report was not available until late in the day because of the Internet outage that affected a number of state agencies, and it was not clear whether the outage prevented reporting of cases that would have made Wednesday's number higher.

The state's seven-day average of new cases now stands at 1,131.3, although that's artificially high because of 689 cases that should have been reported Oct. 7 but were instead reported Oct. 8.  Without those cases, the average would be 1,032.9.  That's still the highest seven-day average since Aug. 13. 

In Northern Virginia, 154 new cases were reported Wednesday, following 294 on Tuesday.  The region's seven-day average is 269, also artificially high due to last week's issue, but it's not clear how many cases in Northern Virginia were affected. The average is at its highest level since mid-June, however.

Despite the increase in cases, average test positivity rates continue to remain low.  The Alexandria, Fairfax and Prince William health districts all set record low average positivity rates Wednesday, and the statewide seven-day average positivity rate of 4.6% was below 5% for the 19th consecutive day.

Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health, Oct. 14, 2020.

Health District Peak Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23 3.4% / Oct. 14 3.4% Down
Arlington 42.8% / April 20 2.4% / June 26 3.3% Up
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22 3.4% / Oct. 14 3.4% Down
Loudoun 27.9% / April 28 4.0% / Sept. 30 & Oct. 3 4.6% Down
Prince William 36.7% / April 18 5.5% / Oct. 14 5.5% Down
Rappahannock 17.2% / May 8 3.5% / July 3 4.6% Up
Statewide 20.6% / April 22 4.5% / Sept. 30, Oct. 1,2,12 & 13 4.6% Up

The state health department reported only 11 new deaths related to COVID-19 statewide on Tuesday and nine deaths on Wednesday.  Tuesday's deaths included three in Prince William County and one in Manassas. None of Wednesday's deaths was in Northern Virginia.

Northern Virginia data by locality

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health, Oct. 14, 2020.

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Alexandria 4,057 323 73
Arlington 4,250 518 152
Fairfax 22,275 2,198 599
Fairfax City 145 13 8
Falls Church 75 13 7
Loudoun 7,301 452 128
Manassas 1,998 131 25
Manassas Park 628 56 8
Prince William 13,311 952 216
Totals 54,040 4,656 1,216
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Fredericksburg 571 50 5
Spotsylvania 2,282 140 46
Stafford 2,187 167 19
Fauquier 1,021 51 25
Totals 6,061 408 95

LATEST COVID-19 DATA

New Cases/Deaths

  • Northern Virginia: 1544 new cases, 0 new deaths.  

  • Statewide: 805 new cases, 9 new deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 11,807 diagnostic test results reported    

Overall Total

  • Northern Virginia: 54,040 cases, 1,216 deaths.

  • Statewide: 161,610 cases, 3,381 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 2.3 million diagnostic tests (2.48 million when including antibody tests)

  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 10 

*Provided by Virginia Department of Health. The health department's COVID-19 data is updated each morning by 10 a.m. and includes reports by local health agencies before 5 p.m. the previous day.


Statewide Hospital and Nursing Home Data

  • Hospitalizations: 1,007 (up from 999 the previous day)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 1,625 reached May 8

  • Patients in ICU: 230 (up from 200 the previous day)
  • Patients Discharged: 18,747 total

  • Nursing Home Patients: 604 (up from 538 the previous day) 

*Provided by Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

For updated national and international COVID-19 data, visit the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard.

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