The numbers of new COVID-19 cases reported in Virginia and Northern Virginia set new daily highs on Sunday, and hospitalizations statewide also reached a new high.

The Virginia Department of Health reported a record 3,880 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, following 3,793 on Saturday. The health department said Saturday's number was higher than normal due to a backlog of cases but provided no such information about Sunday's number.

The reports raised the state's seven-day average of new daily cases to a new high of 2,730.1, surpassing the prior high of 2,592.3, set last Sunday. The average is up 20% over the past two weeks.

In Northern Virginia, a record 1,126 new cases were reported Sunday, following 844 on Saturday. That brought the region's average daily caseload up to 738, but it's below the peak of 815.7 set last Sunday. 

Meanwhile, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported that hospitalizations statewide for treatment of COVID-19 hit a new high of 1,969 on Sunday, surpassing the previous high of 1,860 last Wednesday.  In Northern Virginia, 487 patients were hospitalized Sunday, actually down slightly from over 500 in the middle of last week.

With the increased caseloads, test positivity rates are soaring both statewide and across Northern Virginia. The state's seven-day average positivity rate is up to 10.6%, a level not seen since late May, and the Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William health districts all now have test positivity rates over 10%.

Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district (Dec. 6, 2020)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Health District Peak Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23 3.2% / Oct. 18 8.2% Up
Arlington 42.8% / April 20 2.4% / June 26 7.8% Up
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22 3.3% / Oct. 16 11.0% Up
Loudoun 27.9% / April 28 4.0% / Sept. 30 & Oct. 3 11.3% Up
Prince William 36.7% / April 18 5.4% / Oct. 20 15.2% Up
Rappahannock 17.2% / May 8 3.5% / July 3 11.1% Up
Statewide 20.6% / April 22 4.5% / Sept. 30, Oct. 1,2,12 & 13 10.6% Up

The state reported three new deaths related to COVID-19 on Sunday, following 37 on Saturday. None of Sunday's deaths was in Northern Virginia, but three of Saturday's reported deaths were: one apiece in Alexandria, Arlington County and Fairfax County. 

Northern Virginia data by locality (Dec. 6, 2020)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Alexandria 5,669 382 82
Arlington 6,792 597 158
Fairfax 33,145 2,613 626
Fairfax City 223 18 9
Falls Church 120 15 6
Loudoun 10,635 570 150
Manassas 2,391 142 28
Manassas Park 756 62 8
Prince William 19,404 1,113 235
Totals 79,135 5,512 1,302
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Fredericksburg 755 57 6
Spotsylvania 3,394 183 58
Stafford 3,615 203 22
Fauquier 1,674 69 28
Culpeper 2,367 116 19


New Cases/Deaths

  • Northern Virginia: 1,126 new cases, 0 new deaths. 

  • Statewide: 3,880 new cases, 3 new deaths.

  • Statewide Testing: 55,763 PCR diagnostic test results reported.     

Overall Total

  • Northern Virginia: 79,135 cases, 1,302 deaths  

  • Statewide: 255,053 cases, 4,200 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 3.49 million PCR diagnostic tests (4.04 million when including antibody and antigen tests)  

  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 11 

*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: 1,969 (up from 1,852 the previous day)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 1,969 reached Dec. 6.

  • Patients in ICU: 395 (down from 407 the previous day)
  • Patients Discharged: 25,235 total

  • Nursing Home Patients: 1,329 as of Saturday (no report on Sundays of Mondays) 

*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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(19) comments


I would wager that some of you would drive your car off a bridge if your smart phone told you to for sake of helping the environment. The conformist slave mindset is disgusting.

Jimi Weaver

Insults and personal attacks are the last resort of insecure people with a crumbling position trying to appear confident while losing a debate.


Your comments are heroic.

John Dutko

I envy the people who haven't met you.

Lynne June

Wear masks but please cover your mouth and nose with them. I’ve seen too many people wearing them below their nose and, sometimes, on their chin. That makes no sense. Also, it’s disturbing to go through a drive-through restaurant and the cooks and/or servers aren’t wearing their masks.

Paul Benedict

I agree that if you are going to wear a mask, wear it right. I see people walking around stores with their nose uncovered often. And I have not seen people at any restaurants not wearing a mask, except very early on back in April.

Jimi Weaver

And it appears from your comment that OANN & the Daily Caller have finally admitted that this is an airborne disease.

May you find Peace

A.B. Herman

Hope all the selfish, entitled "'Merca First!" glassbowls who won't wear a mask because FREEDOM!!! are quite happy with themselves.

It's heartbreaking. We don't all deserve what's surely coming. But man ... some of us really, really DO.


Hopefully idiots like you don’t have driver’s licenses either. You know the road is a scary place too, car crashes everyday. What do you do during a thunderstorm? I bet you hide in your bathtub. My advice to you is stay inside your home, the rest of the world can move forward, if you die of starvation oh well, that’s due to you’re own choosing. Grow up!

Jimi Weaver

I pray that you & yours do not contract this terrible virus which is now officially the leading cause of death in the USA according to the CDC & the White House Corona Virus Task Force.

To quote Chris Wallace & Larry Hogan “Just where the damn mask”


Hopefully you had yours on while you were typing that response. I also heard it flies through the air, so make sure you wear your mask while you’re in your house as well. Don’t forget the rubber gloves either.


Chris Wallace & Larry Hogan

Paul Benedict

The vast majority of people getting the virus were wearing a mask.

John Dutko

It would be real interesting to see if health insurance companies cancel peoples plans because they are too high of a risk...because they also data-mine social media.


I hope you are not a dog owner. Did you hear dog owners are 78% more likely to catch COVID? Follow the science. You might want to get rid of it if you have one, or take out your neighbors' just in case. Biden is definitely not being a good example by playing with his puppy. Somehow he broke his ankle doing it too, but there is no video of him on the floor like there would have been of Trump...wonder where that secret service phone video is now. I believe LA or some far left city has banned unnecessary walks too. I think it is the end of days. Oh and since you obviously have not been out recently. Everyone is wearing masks already. You can't go to any stores without one.

Jimi Weaver

Yes we must absolutely believe a study,conducted with flawed methodology, by the University of Granada and the Andalusian School of Public Health, because OANN tells us to.

May you also find peace

John Dutko

Gonna repeat my previous comment since you repeat your rubbish:

I am interested in the study as well:

It would be interesting to see if the same study can be applied to the US, as the study was conducted in Spain. Maybe it will be similar, as our cultures are deeply intertwined, sanitation is the same, and government policies are nearly identical.

More likely, it is because of the increased social interaction between people outside.

"Dr. Joshua Barocas, an epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center, said dogs themselves aren't the likely culprits. He said the social nature of dog-walking could play a role in the increased risk."

Paul Benedict

What an ignorant comment. I rarely see anybody not wearing a mask in public places. Over 75% of the people who catch COVID-19 wore a mask regularly, yet they still catch it. Wearing a mask in wide open spaces actually increases your chances of getting sick because the mask reduces the amount of sunlight you get, which is needed for your body to produce vitamin D. The current rise in cases is likely due to more people wearing masks outside in the reduced winter sunlight hours.

You exemplify what is so wrong with today's vile left. You think some people deserve to get COVID-19. Pure evil!

Patch IsPrejudice

I find It amusing that according to these numbers being sent out. Virginia has almost been completely infected.

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