Virginia COVID case chart graphic 7.23.21

New cases of COVID-19 reported daily statewide are at their highest levels since early May, as is the seven-day average (yellow line).   

By every measure, the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia and Northern Virginia is worsening again. 

New cases, hospitalizations and test positivity rates are soaring across the state and region, although mostly among unvaccinated individuals, according to new data from the Virginia Department of Health. 

In Northern Virginia, the seven-day average of new cases has jumped from as few as 16.9 in mid-June to 125.9 as of Friday.  That's the highest the average has been since May 13.  Friday alone saw 195 new cases reported, the most in a single day since May 7. 

Statewide, the seven-day average has soared to 543 cases, the highest since May 14, and Friday's 750 new cases were the most in a single day since May 8.  The state's average has more than quadrupled since hitting a low of 129.3 cases a day on June 20.

In fact, Virginia's seven-day average is just 42% below the average on the same date last year, when mask mandates were in place and the state was just emerging from lockdowns - and that gap is narrowing every day. 

After being relatively flat for several weeks, hospitalizations for treatment of COVID-19 have also begun to rise again. The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Friday that 415 confirmed or likely COVID-positive patients were being treated statewide, an increase of 62.1% in just the past week. And the number of those patients in intensive-care units is above 100 for the first time since June 11.

In Northern Virginia, 64 patients were being treated in hospitals as of Thursday, the most recent number available. The region's hospitalizations peaked at 818 on April 30, 2020, and fell as low as 32 on July 5 this year.

Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district (July 23, 2021)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Health District Peak Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23, 2020 0.8% / July 3 2.6% Up
Arlington 42.8% / April 20, 2020 0.3% / June 22 2.0% Up
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22, 2020 0.7% / July 1 & 2 2.2% Up
Loudoun 27.9% / April 28, 2020 0.5% / June 20, 21, 22, 23 3.0% Up
Prince William 36.7% / April 18, 2020 1.1% / June 20 3.0% Up
Rappahannock 19.2% / Jan. 7 1.3% / June 20 4.6% Up
Statewide 20.6% / April 22, 2020 1.3% / June 25 3.8% Up

Meanwhile, the average positivity rate of diagnostic COVID-19 tests has increased dramatically statewide, and rates in Northern Virginia also have gone up significantly in the past two weeks. Average positivity rates remain under 5%, the level at which experts believe the spread of the virus is under control.  The state is reporting the results of over 60,000 diagnostic tests a week and nearly 100,000 tests overall - those numbers have remained relatively level over the past few months. 

Health officials have attributed the summer surge in cases to a significant slowdown in vaccinations and the spread of the Delta variant, which is more contagious that earlier strains of the COVID-19 virus. 

The state began tracking the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) in mid-June and has reported 213 cases through Friday, up 55 from the number a week earlier. Of those, 54 are in the Northern region, up from 38 a week earlier. Only a small percentage of positive samples are tested for variants, so the actual number of cases is higher. 

A new dashboard from the state health department also tracks the numbers and percentages of cases among unvaccinated versus vaccinated individuals.  It shows that between May and July 9, only about 2.5% of new cases statewide - and less than 2% in Northern Virginia - were among fully vaccinated residents.

The pace of vaccinations statewide has remained steady over the past month at between 11,000 and 12,000 a day, according to the state's vaccination dashboard.   However, that's the slowest pace since early January, just weeks after the vaccines began to be administered. 

Over 9.31 million vaccine doses have been administered to Virginians, with 64.5% of the adult population and 53.4% of the total population now fully vaccinated.

The number of deaths reported statewide from COVID-19 has remained low in recent week, with only 23 reported this week. However, deaths tend to be a lagging indicator and can often take several weeks to verify and report; throughout the pandemic, deaths have begun to increase three to four weeks after an increase in cases. In Northern Virginia, three new deaths were reported this week: two in Prince William County and one in Fairfax County. 

Northern Virginia data by locality (July 23, 2021)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Alexandria 12,016 575 141
Arlington 15,435 870 258
Fairfax 77,838 4,098 1,125
Fairfax City 565 49 19
Falls Church 430 21 8
Loudoun 28,376 1,099 283
Manassas 4,328 176 48
Manassas Park 1,228 69 11
Prince William 46,184 1,685 512
Totals 186,400 8,642 2,405
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Fredericksburg 2,185 104 25
Spotsylvania 10,350 331 125
Stafford 11,687 386 83
Fauquier 4,849 204 69
Culpeper 4,763 185 67


New Cases/Deaths (Seven days ending Friday, July 23)

  • Northern Virginia: 881 new cases (up from 479 prior week); 3 new deaths (down from 7 prior week)  

  • Statewide: 3,801 new cases (up from 2,352 prior week), 23 new deaths (down from 29 prior week)

  • Statewide Testing: 65,298 PCR diagnostic test results (up from 62,384 prior week)     

Overall Totals

  • Northern Virginia: 186,400 cases, 2,405 deaths  

  • Statewide: 688,300 cases, 11,500 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 7.89 million PCR diagnostic tests (10.51 million when including antibody and antigen tests)  

  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 77 (including 14 in Fairfax, 10 in Prince William, two in Loudoun and Alexandria and one in Arlington). 

*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: 415 (up from 256 on July 16)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 3,209 reached Jan. 13

  • Patients in ICU: 105 (up from 73 on July 16) 

  • Patients Discharged: 57,761 (301 this week)

*Provided by Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

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

Editor's note: InsideNoVa is providing regular COVID-19 updates every Friday.   For daily reports, visit the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard

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(4) comments

Duke Nukem

The liberal media is telling us that the majority of those who aren't getting vaccinated are POC like myself. They are also trying to tell us that they are mostly racist hillbilly Republicans who live in the middle of nowhere . Those two things don't line up if you're to believe the dems. It's time for dems to roll up their sleeves and get the vaccine created during the trump admin. All these recent deaths must weigh heavily on bidens heart and I know the great thinkers at inside nova will bring the tough questions to find out how this admin will protect the people from covid. I mean Australia is continuing lock downs with only a few deaths. Now that is a country that cares about the citizens.

John Dutko

You are all over the place:

-Your first two points are not mutually exclusive. Those that refuse to get the vaccine are misinformed, misled, or have a inherent fear of government initiatives. If you are to believe the dems, then you should have gotten the vaccine as that would the correct thing to do.

-" It's time for dems to roll up their sleeves and get the vaccine created during the trump admin"

I don't know what your point is. Most dems have gotten the shot. It is the republican-led states that lead the way as viral factories. If the new messaging strategy is to twist history... fine, as long as republicans and whomever else puts on their adult pants and gets the shot.

Because all I hear is "HUrR dUrr, Trump created the shot, but we ain't having it! Screw the dems with their smarty edumacation. Ahm gonna drink this bleach, rub essential oils on my body, and pray to Jeebus!"

And you know what: that is fine. Republicans in Congress and at the state level have also noticed that the viral transmission disproportionately affects those in red areas-- leading to a decrease in voters and political power. I have no clue why the bulk of you are so damn stupid.

-How will this admin protect people from Covid? They will use the vaccine that the Trump admin authorized funding for.

I mean, he is supposed to be a great salesman. He could have promoted the hell out of the vaccine. But he didn't. So he shouldn't get coffee. Coffee is for closers only.

All American

Most dems have gotten the shot.

Excuse me, but what do you call the armpit of DC, I think it is mainly democrats? What is the vax rate there?

If Biden could only hold a conversation without teleprompters and an ear piece, he would be busy sniffing someone's hair again. [innocent]

John Dutko

54.14% fully vaccinated. You can look that up.

However, the bigger concern is how the majority of red states haven't surpassed 50%. And how for the past 6 months the vaccination effort hasn't been embraced by the right, only to have the virus spread faster in republican dominated areas.

At what point are republicans going to wise up, pull themselves up by their proverbial "bootstraps" and act like the responsible adults they claim to be, instead of being the petulant children they are?

Oh, btw, Trump is still fleecing his MAGA supporters and keeping the money. Because they got conned and duped. And I am so happy the suckers are willing to part with their money.

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