Seven-day averages for new COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates fell again across Virginia and Northern Virginia on Thursday.
The Virginia Department of Health reported the results of over 30,000 coronavirus diagnostic tests, the second highest total ever, but only 902 new positive cases. The state's seven-day average of new cases is down to 861.7, its lowest level since July 14.
In Northern Virginia, 170 new cases were reported Thursday, the fourth straight day with fewer than 200, and the region's seven-day average fell to 198.6, its lowest level since Aug. 6.
Meanwhile, the state's seven-day average test positivity rate fell again, to 5.3%, the lowest level since the first day that rate was reported, and in Northern Virginia, Fairfax County's test positivity rate matched a low of 4.8%, previously reached on Aug. 6.
Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district
|Alexandria||40.1% / April 23||3.8% / July 1||5.3%||Stable|
|Arlington||42.8% / April 20||2.4% / June 26||3.4%||Down|
|Fairfax||38.6% / April 22||4.8% / Aug. 6 & Sept. 24||4.8%||Down|
|Loudoun||27.9% / April 28||4.4% / Aug. 1||6.5%||Down|
|Prince William||36.7% / April 18||6.9% / July 24||7.2%||Down|
|Rappahannock||17.2% / May 8||3.5% / July 3||5.9%||Stable|
|Statewide||20.6% / April 22||5.3% / Sept. 24||5.3%||Down|
The state did report 24 new deaths related to COVID-19, as a two-week effort to clear a backlog of death certificates continues. Of those, three were in Northern Virginia: one apiece in Alexandria, Loudoun County and Prince William County.
Northern Virginia data by locality
The Virginia Department of Health also reported the 1,000th outbreak of the virus on Thursday. An outbreak is defined as two or more confirmed positive cases in one setting. The outbreaks to date break down as follows:
- 421 in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted-living centers
- 358 in congregate settings, including workplaces, churches, gyms, and event venues.
- 86 in educational settings, including schools and universities
- 68 in healthcare settings (not related to long-term care)
- 67 in correctional facilities
The outbreaks in long-term care facilities have been the worst, resulting in 10,465 positive cases and 1,544 deaths, or almost half of the state's total deaths from the virus.
LATEST COVID-19 DATA
Northern Virginia: 170 new cases, 3 new deaths
Statewide: 902 new cases, 24 new deaths
Statewide Testing: 30,359 diagnostic test results reported (second highest daily number)
Northern Virginia: 49,874 cases, 1,171 deaths
Statewide: 143,492 cases, 3,113 deaths
Statewide Testing: 1.95 million diagnostic tests (2.1 million when including antibody tests)
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 8
*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: 982 (up from 916)
Peak Hospitalizations: 1,625 reached May 8
- Patients in ICU: 219 (up from 215 the previous day)
Patients Discharged: 17,099 total
- Nursing Home Patients: 532 (down from 567 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.