Hospitalizations in Virginia for treatment of COVID-19 have soared to their highest level since early May, and deaths related to the virus are on the rise again, according to new reports Thursday.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported that 1,569 patients are being treated for COVID-19 statewide, the most since May 9. That's up almost 400 patients from as recently as Nov. 10 and just below the state's high of 1,625 patients on May 8.
Of those, 392 are hospitalized in Northern Virginia, the most in the region since June 10. Northern Virginia hospitalizations for COVID-19 peaked at 808 on April 30. Southwest Virginia, which has been hardest hit by the recent spike in cases, hit a new high for hospitalizations at 365.
The Virginia Department of Health reported an additional 1,954 cases of coronavirus statewide on Thursday, raising the state's seven-day average to 1,822.9, a new record. The average has increased 41% in the past two weeks.
Deaths related to the virus also are on the rise again, as the health department reported 36 new deaths on Thursday and 90 over the past three days. Of Thursday's deaths, five were in Northern Virginia: two in Loudoun County, and one apiece in Alexandria, Fairfax County and Prince William County.
Hospitalizations and, to a greater extent, reported deaths tend to lag behind increases in case numbers as patients who contract the virus become sicker.
In Northern Virginia, the health department reported 451 new cases Thursday, raising the region's seven-day average to 496, its highest level since June 1. The average peaked at 685.3 on May 31.
Northern Virginia data by locality (Nov. 19, 2020)
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The Southwest region hit a new high seven-day average of daily cases at 467.1.
The statewide average test positivity rate remained steady Thursday at 7.1%, as the state surpassed 3 million total diagnostic tests. Over 20,000 diagnostic test results are now being reported most days.
Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district (Nov. 19, 2020)
|Alexandria||40.1% / April 23||3.2% / Oct. 18||6.1%||Stable|
|Arlington||42.8% / April 20||2.4% / June 26||6.9%||Down|
|Fairfax||38.6% / April 22||3.3% / Oct. 16||8.0%||Down|
|Loudoun||27.9% / April 28||4.0% / Sept. 30 & Oct. 3||8.3%||Down|
|Prince William||36.7% / April 18||5.4% / Oct. 20||10.8%||Stable|
|Rappahannock||17.2% / May 8||3.5% / July 3||9.0%||Down|
|Statewide||20.6% / April 22||4.5% / Sept. 30, Oct. 1,2,12 & 13||7.1%||Stable|
LATEST COVID-19 DATA
Northern Virginia: 451 new cases, 5 new deaths.
Statewide: 1,954 new cases, 36 new deaths.
Statewide Testing: 24,031 diagnostic test results reported
Northern Virginia: 66,436 cases, 1,265 deaths
Statewide: 210,787 cases, 3,896 deaths
Statewide Testing: 3.01 million diagnostic tests (3.26 million when including antibody 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: 1,569 (up from 1,469 the previous day)
Peak Hospitalizations: 1,625 reached May 8
- Patients in ICU: 303 (down from 318 the previous day)
Patients Discharged: 22,858 total
- Nursing Home Patients: 1,095 (down from 1,106 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.