The number of new COVID-19 cases in Northern Virginia has dipped to its lowest level since early November, according to new data Wednesday from the Virginia Department of Health. 

Hospitalizations are also down again both statewide and in the region, and test positivity rates in some health districts are nearing record lows as nearly 10% of Virginians have been fully vaccinated. 

The health department reported 291 new cases of coronavirus in Northern Virginia on Wednesday, following 275 on Monday and 295 on Tuesday. That marks the first time since Oct. 24-26 that the region has had three consecutive days with fewer than 300 cases.  The region's seven-day average of new cases is down to 351, its lowest level since Nov. 7. 

Statewide, 1,246 new cases were reported Wednesday. That follows 892 on Monday and 1,537 Tuesday, bringing the state's seven-day average down to 1,323.9, its lowest level since Nov. 6. Virginia's cases are down 17% in the past week, 30% in the past two weeks and 60% in the past month. 

Likewise, hospitalizations for treatment of COVID-19 have continued to fall. In Northern Virginia, only 228 patients were hospitalized for the virus as of Wednesday, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.  That number was over 600 in mid-January but is now the lowest since Nov. 3.

Statewide, hospitalizations have ticked up by a few patients this week after hitting their lowest level since Nov. 9 on Sunday.  In addition, the number of patients with COVID-19 at Virginia's nursing homes hit its lowest level Tuesday since the data first began to be reported last summer, with just 229 positive cases.

However, high death numbers continue to be reported related to the post-holiday surge, with the state health department posting another 253 COVID-related deaths in the past three days, bringing the total to over 9,800, with almost half of those being reported after Jan. 1. 

In Northern Virginia, 45 new deaths were reported over the past three days, with 22 in Fairfax County, eight in Prince William County, seven in Loudoun County, three in Arlington County, two apiece in the cities of Alexandria and Fairfax and one in Manassas.  

Northern Virginia data by locality (March 10, 2021)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Alexandria 10,490 517 127
Arlington 13,501 778 240
Fairfax 68,069 3,569 1,027
Fairfax City 501 39 16
Falls Church 362 20 9
Loudoun 23,641 884 260
Manassas 4,060 163 42
Manassas Park 1,134 66 12
Prince William 40,115 1,442 459
Totals 161,873 7,478 2,192
OTHER AREA JURISDICTIONS
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Fredericksburg 1,808 93 22
Spotsylvania 8,502 283 103
Stafford 9,736 321 68
Fauquier 4,051 167 59
Culpeper 4,140 169 55

Seven-day average diagnostic test positivity rate continue to fall, with the state's rate now at its lowest level since Oct. 28, and the Alexandria health district approaching its record low. 

Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district (March 10, 2021)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Health District Peak Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23 3.2% / Oct. 18 3.8% Down
Arlington 42.8% / April 20 2.4% / June 26 4.3% Down
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22 3.3% / Oct. 16 5.6% Down
Loudoun 27.9% / April 28 4.0% / Sept. 30 & Oct. 3 6.6% Down
Prince William 36.7% / April 18 5.4% / Oct. 20 6.8% Down
Rappahannock 19.2% / Jan. 7 3.5% / July 3 5.8% Down
Statewide 20.6% / April 22 4.5% / Sept. 30, Oct. 1,2,12 & 13 5.7% Down

The health department's vaccine dashboard shows of Tuesday, 2.37 million doses of vaccines have been administered to Virginia residents out of about 2.79 million the state has received.  About 850,000 Virginians, or nearly 10% of the state's population, have been fully vaccinated, either with two doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.    

LATEST COVID-19 DATA

New Cases/Deaths

  • Northern Virginia: 291 new cases, 6 new deaths.   

  • Statewide: 1,246 new cases, 59 new deaths.

  • Statewide Testing: 16,772 PCR diagnostic test results.     

Overall Total

  • Northern Virginia: 161,873 cases, 2,192 deaths  

  • Statewide: 589,375 cases, 9,849 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 6.08 million PCR diagnostic tests (7.79 million when including antibody and antigen tests)  

  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 42 (including nine in Fairfax, six in Prince William, two in Loudoun and one in Alexandria). 

*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: 1,136 (down from from 1,172 the previous day)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 3,209 reached Jan. 13

  • Patients in ICU: 231 (down from 244 the previous day)

  • Patients Discharged: 48,706

  • Nursing Home Patients: 230 (up from 229 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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