Virginia reported another 45 deaths caused by COVID-19 on Wednesday, following a record 96 Tuesday, as the state Department of Health cleared a backlog of death certificates that had been held up in its central office.

The department's central office reviews and verifies death certificates and matches them with disease data, said health department spokeswoman Tammie Smith said. "This backlog was caused by a system error that has since been addressed and will be regularly reviewed going forward."

She added that most of the deaths reported Tuesday and Wednesday likely occurred in the preceding three or four weeks.  Despite the record two-day jump this week, deaths based on the date of death were still much higher statewide in the spring. 

Of the new deaths reported Wednesday, seven were in Northern Virginia, the same as Tuesday's number.   

The state has now reported 2,884 deaths related to COVID-19, with 1,144 of those in Northern Virginia.  Tuesday's new reported deaths included three apiece in Fairfax and Prince William counties and one apiece in Alexandria and Arlington. Falls Church's death number was reduced by one. 

Statewide, 845 new cases of coronavirus were reported Wednesday; the state's seven-day average of new cases stands at 1,010. 

Northern Virginia reported 218 new cases, in line with recent averages. The region's seven-day average stands at 226 new cases per day.     

Northern Virginia data by locality

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health, Sept. 16, 2020.

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Alexandria 3,628 305 66
Arlington 3,779 488 146
Fairfax 19,837 2,119 572
Fairfax City 132 13 7
Falls Church 66 10 6
Loudoun 6,523 417 119
Manassas 1,869 127 24
Manassas Park 598 55 8
Prince William 11,810 891 196
Totals 48,242 4,425 1,144
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Fredericksburg 518 49 5
Spotsylvania 2,041 130 43
Stafford 1,880 148 13
Fauquier 877 46 21
Totals 5,316 373 82

Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health, Sept. 16, 2020.

Health District Peak Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23 3.8% / July 1 5.2% Down
Arlington 42.8% / April 20 2.4% / June 26 3.8% Stable
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22 4.8% / Aug. 6 6.3% Stable
Loudoun 27.9% / April 28 4.4% / Aug. 1 8.3% Up
Prince William 36.7% / April 18 6.9% / July 24 8.3% Down
Rappahannock 17.2% / May 8 3.5% / July 3 6.9 Stable
Statewide 20.6% / April 22 5.7% / June 23 6.9% Down

LATEST COVID-19 DATA

New Cases/Deaths

  • Northern Virginia: 218 new cases, 7 new deaths

  • Statewide: 845 new cases, 45 new deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 14,298 diagnostic test results reported

Overall Total

  • Northern Virginia: 48,242 cases, 1,144 deaths

  • Statewide: 136,359 cases, 2,884 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 1.8 million diagnostic tests (1.94 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: 1,027 (up from 1,015 the previous day)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 1,625 reached May 8

  • Patients in ICU: 212 (down from 228 the previous day and lowest since July 6)
  • Patients Discharged: 16,536 total

  • Nursing Home Patients: 608 confirmed positive cases (down from 617 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

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