Virginia testing data Nov. 22, 2020

The state is now consistently recording more than 20,000 PCR diagnostic tests a day for COVID-19, with numbers topping 30,000 over the past week.  A record number of results were reported Sunday.  

Virginia reported a record number of COVID-19 diagnostic test results on Sunday, reflecting lines that have been seen at testing centers over the past week. 

The Virginia Department of Health reported 47,759 new PCR diagnostic tests, surpassing the previous daily high of 43,147 on June 12. However the June 12 number included a backlog of tests that had not been entered from previous weeks due to an error. 

By comparison, it wasn't until April 17, nearly six weeks into the pandemic, that the state reported results of 47,000 tests in total.  It is now averaging over 30,000 test results a day.

The state reported 2,117 additional coronavirus cases on Sunday, raising the seven-day average to a new high of 2,262.3, up 61% over the past week. 

In Northern Virginia, 530 new cases were reported, raising the seven-day average to 603.9, again the highest level since the region's peak on May 31 of 685.3 average daily cases. 

 While Northern Virginia has the most average daily cases, the number continues to rise in sparsely populated Southwest Virginia, which reported 454 new cases Sunday, raising its average to 578.9.  And cases have also picked up significantly over the past week in the Eastern region, which had 523 new cases Sunday and a seven-day average of 395.4.

Sunday's reports follow Saturday's update that the number of new COVID-19 cases in the Fairfax and Loudoun health districts is officially surging, according to new analysis from the University of Virginia. 

The state health department reported no new deaths related to COVID-19 on Sunday.  

Northern Virginia data by locality (Nov. 22, 2020)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Alexandria 4,935 347 77
Arlington 5,758 568 156
Fairfax 28,345 2,472 614
Fairfax City 201 17 8
Falls Church 88 14 7
Loudoun 9,265 535 139
Manassas 2,199 135 28
Manassas Park 697 60 8
Prince William 16,771 1,070 232
Totals 68,259 5,218 1,269
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Fredericksburg 652 56 6
Spotsylvania 2,916 173 57
Stafford 2,990 186 22
Fauquier 1,346 67 27
Culpeper 1,877 105 19

The statewide average test positivity rate for diagnostic PCR tests increased to 7.1%. However, with the large number of test results reported recently, both the state rate and the rates in local health districts appear to have stabilized over the past few days after increasing for several weeks. 

Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district (Nov. 22,2020)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Health District Peak Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23 3.2% / Oct. 18 5.9% Down
Arlington 42.8% / April 20 2.4% / June 26 7.0% Down
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22 3.3% / Oct. 16 8.2% Up
Loudoun 27.9% / April 28 4.0% / Sept. 30 & Oct. 3 8.0% Down
Prince William 36.7% / April 18 5.4% / Oct. 20 10.5% Down
Rappahannock 17.2% / May 8 3.5% / July 3 9.2% Stable
Statewide 20.6% / April 22 4.5% / Sept. 30, Oct. 1,2,12 & 13 7.1% Up


New Cases/Deaths

  • Northern Virginia: 530 new cases, 0 new deaths.

  • Statewide: 2,117 new cases, 0 new deaths.

  • Statewide Testing: 47,759 PCR diagnostic test results reported     

Overall Total

  • Northern Virginia: 68,259 cases, 1,269 deaths  

  • Statewide: 217,796 cases, 3,938 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 3.12 million PCR diagnostic tests (3.54 million when including antibody and antigen tests)  

  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 11 

*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: 1,469 (down from 1,507 the previous day)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 1,625 reached May 8

  • Patients in ICU: 320 (down from 331 the previous day)
  • Patients Discharged: 23,133 total

  • Nursing Home Patients: 1,028 as of Saturday (data not reported on Sundays or Mondays) 

*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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