CORONAVIRUS UPDATE INSIDENOVA

The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in Virginia hit its highest level in nearly three weeks, the Virginia Department of Health reported Friday, as another 29 deaths related to the virus were also reported.

In Northern Virginia, however, COVID-19 hospitalizations fell again and are now at their lowest level since early April.

The health department reported 658 new cases statewide on Friday, bringing the average number of new cases per day over the past week to 546.1, the highest it has been since June 14. The average hit a high of 1,194.7 on May 31.

Of the new cases in Friday's report, 192 were in Northern Virginia, slightly above the average for the past few days but still in line with recent trends. Hospitalizations in Northern Virginia fell to 206, the lowest since that data has been provided and down from a peak of 818 on April 30. 

The 29 new deaths statewide followed a report of 30 the day before and bring the total to 105 over the past four days.   The health department has noted that deaths are a lagging indicator because they are not recorded until a doctor submits the death certificate to the health department.  A chart tracking deaths by date of death indicates they peaked in late April and early May and have been falling relatively steadily since.

Only seven of the new deaths were reported in Northern Virginia, which has 959 in total, or over half of the 1,845 deaths reported statewide.   Fairfax County, the state's largest locality, accounts for over a quarter of the deaths, with 494.

Northern Virginia data by locality

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health, July 3, 2020.

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths New Cases Today
Alexandria 2,338 238 57 11
Arlington 2,500 421 132 4
Fairfax 13,965 1,651 494 79
Fairfax City 70 6 7 -1
Falls Church 54 11 8 1
Loudoun 4,113 279 91 30
Manassas 1,430 104 18 13
Manassas Park 434 46 6 3
Prince William 7,442 670 146 52
Totals 32,346 3,426 959 192
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths New Cases Today
Fredericksburg 254 26 0 4
Spotsylvania 1010 76 31 9
Stafford 998 94 5 -2
Fauquier 427 27 7 6
Totals 2,689 223 43 17

Northern Virginia now accounts for 50.2% of the state's total of 64,393 cases, the health department reported. Northern Virginia's share of the total cases, once nearly 60%, has been slowly declining in recent weeks.   

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.

LATEST COVID-19 DATA

New Cases/Deaths

  • Northern Virginia: 192 new cases, 7 new deaths

  • Statewide: 658 new cases, 29 new deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 14,097 diagnostic tests

Overall Total

  • Northern Virginia: 32,346 cases, 959 deaths

  • Statewide: 64,393 cases, 1,845 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 685,657 diagnostic tests (760,029 when including antibody tests)

  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 5

*Provided by Virginia Department of Health


Statewide Hospital and Nursing Home Data

  • Hospitalizations: 818 (down from 888)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 1,625 reached May 8

  • Patients in ICU: 207 (up from 206)
  • Patients Discharged: 8,711 total

  • Nursing Home Patients: 596 confirmed positive cases (down from 609 the previous day)

*Provided by Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association


U.S. | World Data

  • U.S.: 128,741 deaths, 2.74 million cases, 781,970 recovered

  • World: 521,940 deaths, 10.9 million cases, 5.78 million recovered

*Provided by Johns Hopkins University

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