Deaths by date of death 9.15.20

Even though Virginia reported a record high 96 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday, the highest number of deaths based on the date of death still occurred in the spring.  

Virginia reported a record 96 deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, shattering the previous one-day high of 57 deaths reported on May 28. 

A spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Health, which issues the daily updates, said late Tuesday that the unusually large number of deaths reported was due to a data backlog of approximately two weeks. Local health districts were reporting deaths to the health department, but due to a system error the reports from the health department's central office, which independently verifies death certificates and matches them with disease data, were not reaching the epidemiological team. 

The health department has previously noted that reports of deaths related to the virus often lag behind the actual dates of death due to delays in verifying the cause of death and obtaining death certificates. It said most of the deaths reported Tuesday likely occurred in the preceding three to four weeks.  

Only seven of the new deaths reported Tuesday were from Northern Virginia; the remainder appeared to be spread throughout the state.

The state has now reported 2,839 deaths related to COVID-19, with 1,137 of those in Northern Virginia.  Tuesday's new reported deaths included three in Alexandria, two in Prince William County and one apiece in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

Statewide, 943 new cases of coronavirus were reported Tuesday; the state's seven-day average of new cases stands at 1,015. 

Northern Virginia reported 220 new cases, up from Monday's two-month low of 116 but generally in line with recent averages. The region's seven-day average stands at 218.6 new cases per day.  

Northern Virginia data by locality

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health, Sept. 15, 2020. 

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Alexandria 3,615 305 65
Arlington 3,759 487 145
Fairfax 19,732 2,111 569
Fairfax City 131 13 7
Falls Church 67 11 7
Loudoun 6,489 414 119
Manassas 1,869 127 24
Manassas Park 597 55 8
Prince William 11,765 889 193
Totals 48,024 4,412 1,137
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Fredericksburg 518 49 5
Spotsylvania 2,029 130 41
Stafford 1,872 147 14
Fauquier 866 46 21
Totals 5,285 372 81

The number of patients hospitalized for treatment of COVID-19 in Northern Virginia has increased in recent days, from 217 on Saturday to 251 Tuesday. However, that's still well below the peak of 818 on April 30.

Gov. Ralph Northam plans a news conference Tuesday afternoon to provide an update on the state's coronavirus response. 

Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health, Sept. 15, 2020. 

Health District Peak Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23 3.8% / July 1 5.7% Stable
Arlington 42.8% / April 20 2.4% / June 26 3.8% Stable
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22 4.8% / Aug. 6 6.4% Up
Loudoun 27.9% / April 28 4.4% / Aug. 1 8.0% Stable
Prince William 36.7% / April 18 6.9% / July 24 8.8% Down
Rappahannock 17.2% / May 8 3.5% / July 3 6.8% Down
Statewide 20.6% / April 22 5.7% / June 23 7.1% Down


New Cases/Deaths

  • Northern Virginia: 220 new cases, 7 new deaths

  • Statewide: 943 new cases, 96 new deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 12,395 diagnostic test results reported

Overall Total

  • Northern Virginia: 48,024 cases, 1,137 deaths

  • Statewide: 135,514 cases, 2,839 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 1.79 million diagnostic tests (1.92 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: 1,015 (up from 1,006 the previous day)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 1,625 reached May 8

  • Patients in ICU: 228 (up from 220 the previous day)
  • Patients Discharged: 16,449 total

  • Nursing Home Patients: 617 confirmed positive cases (down from 619 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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