Virginia and Northern Virginia both hit new highs for seven-day average daily cases of COVID-19 on Thanksgiving Day before numbers fell slightly on Friday as fewer test results were reported due to the holiday.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,600 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday and another 1,544 on Friday. The seven-day average peaked at 2,587.6 on Thursday, the 11th straight day it set a record, before falling back to 2,444.7 on Friday.

In Northern Virginia, 830 new cases were reported Thanksgiving Day and just 366 on Friday.  The region's seven-day average peaked at 789.4 on Thursday and fell back to 752.1 on Friday.  

The new numbers came as the state reported over 55,000 new diagnostic test results over the two-day period, but most of those were reported Thursday morning due to the holiday. The state updates its numbers every day by 10 a.m. based on reports to the health department received before 5 p.m. the prior day.  Experts generally believe that reported numbers of test results and cases will probably fall a bit over the holiday weekend before picking back up next week. 

Hospitalizations statewide for treatment of COVID-19 continued to rise over the holiday, hitting 1,601 on Thursday, the most since the state's peak of 1,625 hospitalizations on May 8.   The number fell slightly Friday to 1,593.  However, the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive care units rose to 373 on Friday, the highest number since May 28. 

Unlike, the first surge in hospitalizations, which was concentrated in Northern Virginia, this one is more spread out statewide.  Northern Virginia had 429 patients hospitalized on Friday morning, but that's still well below the region's peak of 808 on April 30. 

The state reported 36 additional deaths related to COVID-19 over the past two days, 21 on Thursday and 15 on Friday. Of those, four were in Northern Virginia: three in Fairfax County and one in the city of Fairfax. 

Northern Virginia data by locality (Nov. 27, 2020)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Alexandria 5,222 354 77
Arlington 6,117 577 157
Fairfax 29,954 2,510 623
Fairfax City 209 18 9
Falls Church 97 14 7
Loudoun 9,872 555 142
Manassas 2,273 137 28
Manassas Park 721 61 8
Prince William 17,863 1,078 236
Totals 72,328 5,304 1,287
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Fredericksburg 692 57 6
Spotsylvania 3,067 178 57
Stafford 3,215 195 22
Fauquier 1,427 69 28
Culpeper 2,209 110 20

Test positivity rates across the state and region continue to remain relatively stable following the sharp increase seen earlier in November. But they are still well above lows experienced in late September and early October. 

Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district (Nov. 27, 2020)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Health District Peak Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23 3.2% / Oct. 18 5.9% Stable
Arlington 42.8% / April 20 2.4% / June 26 5.2% Down
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22 3.3% / Oct. 16 7.8% Down
Loudoun 27.9% / April 28 4.0% / Sept. 30 & Oct. 3 7.6% Down
Prince William 36.7% / April 18 5.4% / Oct. 20 10.5% Up
Rappahannock 17.2% / May 8 3.5% / July 3 7.9% Stable
Statewide 20.6% / April 22 4.5% / Sept. 30, Oct. 1,2,12 & 13 7.3% Stable


New Cases/Deaths

  • Northern Virginia: 366 new cases Friday (830 Thursday), 4 new deaths Thursday and Friday combined.

  • Statewide: 1,544 new cases Friday (2,600 Thursday), 15 new deaths Friday.

  • Statewide Testing: 55,844 PCR diagnostic test results reported Thursday and Friday combined     

Overall Total

  • Northern Virginia: 72,328 cases, 1,287 deaths  

  • Statewide: 230,444 cases, 4,044 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 3.27 million PCR diagnostic tests (3.74 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: 1,593 (down from 1,601 the previous day)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 1,625 reached May 8

  • Patients in ICU: 373 (up from 370 the previous day and the most since May 28)
  • Patients Discharged: 23,858 total

  • Nursing Home Patients: 1,174 (up from 1,049 on Wednesday) 

*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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