A week after Virginia ended its COVID-19 restrictions, the number of new cases of the virus continues to plummet both in Northern Virginia and statewide. 

In Northern Virginia, which has more than 2 million residents, no more than 40 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in any of the previous seven days, and the region's seven-day average of new cases is down to 23.9 per day as of Friday, its lowest level since March 26, 2020, when the pandemic was just a couple of weeks old.

The region has reported just 167 total cases in the past week, according to updated data from the Virginia Department of Health.  As recently as May 10, it was averaging more than 167 new cases a day. 

Statewide, the seven-day average of new cases is down to 208.1, the lowest level since April 3, 2020. 

The state ended its COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings and lifted all capacity limits and social-distancing requirements on May 28 and said that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks.   Virginia's state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic is scheduled to expire June 30, and Gov. Ralph Northam has not yet indicated whether he will extend it. 

Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district (June 4, 2021)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Health District Peak Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23 1.6% / June 4 1.6% Down
Arlington 42.8% / April 20 0.4% / May 29; June 1, 2 & 3 0.5% Stable
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22 1.1% / May 29 1.2% Stable
Loudoun 27.9% / April 28 1.1% / June 3 1.3% Stable
Prince William 36.7% / April 18 2.7% / May 21 & 22 2.9% Down
Rappahannock 19.2% / Jan. 7 3.5% / July 3 (2020) 4.1% Down
Statewide 20.6% / April 22 2.5% / May 29, 30; June 3 2.6% Stable

Meanwhile, hospitalizations for treatment of the virus also continue to fall, although less so in Northern Virginia than statewide.  Statewide hospitalizations were as low as 446 on Tuesday, according to data from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. That's the fewest since the association began reporting hospitalizations in early April 2020. The number of patients being treated in intensive-care units and on ventilators also hit new lows this week. 

In Northern Virginia, though, hospitalizations were slightly above their low of 100 on May 24, with 122 patients hospitalized as of Friday.   Northern Virginia's hospitalizations peaked at 818 on April 30, 2020, while state hospitalizations peaked at over 3,200 in mid-January.

Test positivity rates across the region and state continue to set new record lows, although the number of diagnostic test results reported this week was the fewest since the week ending May 22, 2020.  Fewer than 10,000 test results a day are now being reported statewide. Public health experts generally believe if the rate is below 5% then the spread of the virus is under control. 

Deaths related to COVID-19 have also continued to decline, although at a slower pace than other measures.  The health department reported 66 new deaths statewide this week, with eight of those in Northern Virginia: six in Fairfax County, which has reported the most deaths of any locality in the state, two in Prince William County and one in Loudoun County. The number of deaths in the city of Falls Church was reduced by one this week. 

Northern Virginia data by locality (June 4, 2021)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Alexandria 11,842 566 137
Arlington 15,293 853 256
Fairfax 77,018 4,048 1,103
Fairfax City 567 50 19
Falls Church 431 22 8
Loudoun 27,956 1,077 279
Manassas 4,311 174 47
Manassas Park 1,218 69 11
Prince William 45,452 1,645 499
Totals 184,088 8,504 2,359
OTHER AREA JURISDICTIONS
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Fredericksburg 2,138 103 25
Spotsylvania 10,138 323 123
Stafford 11,433 369 81
Fauquier 4,750 202 70
Culpeper 4,689 195 65

The state continues to creep toward meeting President Joe Biden's goal of 70% of all adults having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by July 4. Statewide, that number now stands at 67.6%, up from 66.4% a week ago, according to the Virginia Department of Health's vaccine dashboard, and 56.6% of adults are fully vaccinated.  Among all Virginians, 55.4% have received at least one dose, and 45.1% are fully vaccinated.    

The pace of vaccinations has dropped sharply this week, in part likely due to the Memorial Day weekend, with a current seven-day average at about 28,000 doses per day statewide. That's the lowest that measure has been since late January.     

LATEST COVID-19 DATA

New Cases/Deaths (Friday)

  • Northern Virginia: 19 new cases, 1 new death.   

  • Statewide: 259 new cases, 6 new deaths.

  • Statewide Testing: 12,616 PCR diagnostic test results.     

Overall Total

  • Northern Virginia: 184,088 cases, 2,359 deaths  

  • Statewide: 676,300 cases, 11,222 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 7.417 million PCR diagnostic tests (9.88 million when including antibody and antigen tests)  

  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 75 (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: 480 (down from 498 the previous day)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 3,209 reached Jan. 13

  • Patients in ICU: 112 (down from 129 the previous day and lowest since data first reported in April 2020)

  • Patients Discharged: 56,566

*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 will continue to provide regular COVID-19 updates every Friday.   For daily reports, visit the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard

 

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(2) comments

Paul Benedict

What I think is funny is the very worst of the pandemic came after people started wearing masks, mostly masks made in China. Where's the 9/11-type commission to look into that?

Duke Nukem

The parallel universe the left and news "journalism" has been living in the last year in regards to Fauci, the origins of Covid-19 and masking is starting to collide with reality, where I have been all this time, welcome aboard! You all are still hypocrites through and thru though.

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