Northern Virginia case chart 12.9.20

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Northern Virginia is now averaging more than 1,000 new cases a day. 

Virginia reported over 4,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday for the first time, and every region of the state now has record high daily averages of new cases as the feared post-Thanksgiving surge appears to be materializing. 

Meanwhile, also for the first time, more than 2,000 people were hospitalized Wednesday morning for treatment of the virus statewide. Deaths are on the rise again, with 73 reported in the past two days.

The Virginia Department of Health reported a record 4,398 new cases on Wednesday, following 3,860 on Tuesday. The state's seven-day average of new cases now stands at a new high of 3,521.1.  Two months ago, on Oct. 9, the state average was below 1,000 cases a day, and the average has increased 52% in the past week alone. 

In Northern Virginia, 1,323 new cases were reported Wednesday, following a record 1,330 on Tuesday. The region's seven-day average now stands at a new high of 1,008.4, four times its level on Oct. 9.  Prince William County has now surpassed 20,000 total cases, the second most in the state behind Fairfax County.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in an interview with CNBC on Monday that he is considering new restrictions to stem the spread of the virus. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday ordered a statewide curfew between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., starting Friday. 

After Northern Virginia, the southwest region of the state has the highest number of average daily cases, at 831.6, but the central, eastern and northwest regions also all hit new highs on Wednesday.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported that hospitalizations statewide for treatment of COVID-19 reached a new high of 2,035, surpassing Sunday's previous high of 1,969.  In Northern Virginia, 540 patients were hospitalized Wednesday, the most since June 2 but still below the region's peak of 808 on April 30. 

The state reported 52 new deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday and 21 on Wednesday. Of the total, a net of 10 were in Northern Virginia, with four in Arlington County, three in Fairfax County,  two in Prince William County, and one apiece in the city of Fairfax and Loudoun County.  One death was removed from Alexandria's total.

Northern Virginia data by locality (Dec. 9, 2020)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Locality Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Alexandria 5,950 388 81
Arlington 7,062 604 162
Fairfax 34,996 2,655 629
Fairfax City 232 20 10
Falls Church 128 15 6
Loudoun 11,270 572 151
Manassas 2,440 143 28
Manassas Park 776 62 8
Prince William 20,080 1,127 237
Totals 82,934 5,586 1,312
OTHER AREA JURISDICTIONS
County/City Cases Hospitalizations Deaths
Fredericksburg 795 58 6
Spotsylvania 2,574 184 58
Stafford 3,811 205 22
Fauquier 1,746 70 28
Culpeper 2,412 119 19

Average test positivity rates remain above 10% statewide as well as in the Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William health districts, although the pace of the increase has slowed over the past few days. 

Seven-day average test positivity rate by health district

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Health District Peak Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23 3.2% / Oct. 18 9.3% Up
Arlington 42.8% / April 20 2.4% / June 26 8.4% Down
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22 3.3% / Oct. 16 10.9% Down
Loudoun 27.9% / April 28 4.0% / Sept. 30 & Oct. 3 11.4% Up
Prince William 36.7% / April 18 5.4% / Oct. 20 15.9% Up
Rappahannock 17.2% / May 8 3.5% / July 3 11.2% Down
Statewide 20.6% / April 22 4.5% / Sept. 30, Oct. 1,2,12 & 13 10.9% Stable

On Tuesday, the state reported its 12th case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, a condition believed to be caused by the COVID-19 virus.  The case was the second in the Central Shenandoah Health District.  None of the state's MIS-C cases has resulted in a death. 

 LATEST COVID-19 DATA

New Cases/Deaths

  • Northern Virginia: 1,323 new cases, 4 new deaths. 

  • Statewide: 4,398 new cases, 21 new deaths.

  • Statewide Testing: 27,430 PCR diagnostic test results reported.     

Overall Total

  • Northern Virginia: 82,934 cases, 1,312 deaths  

  • Statewide: 267,128 cases, 4,281 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 3.57 million PCR diagnostic tests (4.15 million when including antibody and antigen tests)  

  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 12 

*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: 2,035 (up from 1,918 the previous day)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 2,035 reached Dec. 9.

  • Patients in ICU: 436 (up from 435 the previous day and the most since April 12)
  • Patients Discharged: 25,862 total

  • Nursing Home Patients: 1,310 (down from 1,352 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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(10) comments

covid2021

Biden's 100 days of mandatory masks can't come soon enough. I have already started sleeping with my mask on. My main concern is dog walkers though. Additionally, his statements on schools reopening is concerning. The teachers union ain't going to like that. That screeching banshee who shouldn't be teaching kids from Oregon might be making a trip to DC because she is on leave with pay and how can she stand for Biden suggesting schools be open.

Toby Beaman

Again with the raw numbers and no comparative metrics. What does it mean to have 2,035 hospitalizations? Out of how many total hospitalizations from everything else? And what percentage of total beds does that represent? And what is the average hospital stay? Just blasting out raw numbers trying to scare people is useless - please provide more context - and ALL the context - even the metrics that may not align with one's personal opinions.

Hawkeye10

Usually 99% of the patients are discharged from the hospital if kept overnight the day after, look into the UPMC leak if you dont believe me.

Iwouldntgiveabean

https://www.vhha.com/communications/virginia-hospital-covid-19-data-dashboard/

There are 2035 people currently hospitalized with COVID.

The rest of your questions are answered there as well (except for the average hospital stay as each case is different).

Hawkeye10

COVID-19,20,21 is "out-performing" Influenza in a landslide! Reminds me of somebody else who was out-performed...Sleepy Joe's Vitamin D declined in the basement, hence the sleepiness. But not to fear, our trusty politicians are going to get their B12 shots, excuse me, I mean their COVID-19,20,21,22,23 shots on live television to persuade us to do the same! Nevermind if you have herd-immunity, also known as the antibodies to the virus, thats not good enough!

[tongue]

EdP

They think natural immunity only lasts 3 months which is why people are getting it twice. Herd immunity is fine if you don't mind killing off 2% and giving 15% long term health issues.

Hawkeye10

Id say people already with long term health issues may or may not, be more susceptible to COVID-(19,20,21...). But again, just because someone is "Immunocompromised" doesnt mean they are subject to a worser outcome either, there is much more in play here from a genetic standpoint. What im saying is perfectly healthy people can develop the disease very easily, but its a small percentage. Also, the vaccine itself is more than capable of killing off 2% and giving 15% long term health issues. Why on earth would someone want to vaccinate themselves with a novel virus as opposed to just catching it? Most people truly believe you have to rely on the medical industry and the government for an answer/cure, and you dont! You can many things for any virus, you dont have to vaccinate yourself with one. You can if you want, but I sure as hell wouldnt. Because its highly, highly, highly unlikely your injecting yourself with just the virus! This is what the "pro-vaxers" forget to understand. Do your own research. And even if you were, a vaccine still is immunocompromising!

Further, I dont know the exact number, but there are at least Six strains of this virus circulating in the U.S....So once again, what are were trying to accomplish with a brand new nanoparticle RNA vaccine?

Iwouldntgiveabean

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/hcp/mrna-vaccine-basics.html

"mRNA vaccines take advantage of the process that cells use to make proteins in order to trigger an immune response and build immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. In contrast, most vaccines use weakened or inactivated versions or components of the disease-causing pathogen to stimulate the body’s immune response to create antibodies.

mRNA vaccines have strands of genetic material called mRNA inside a special coating. That coating protects the mRNA from enzymes in the body that would otherwise break it down. It also helps the mRNA enter the muscle cells near the vaccination site.

mRNA can most easily be described as instructions for the cell on how to make a piece of the “spike protein” that is unique to SARS-CoV-2. Since only part of the protein is made, it does not do any harm to the person vaccinated but it is antigenic.

After the piece of the spike protein is made, the cell breaks down the mRNA strand and disposes of them using enzymes in the cell. It is important to note that the mRNA strand never enters the cell’s nucleus or affects genetic material. This information helps counter misinformation about how mRNA vaccines alter or modify someone’s genetic makeup.

Once displayed on the cell surface, the protein or antigen causes the immune system to begin producing antibodies and activating T-cells to fight off what it thinks is an infection. These antibodies are specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which means the immune system is primed to protect against future infection."

Messenger RNA is genetic material naturally found in the human body, and it’s tasked with delivering instructions from the DNA to determine which proteins are created within cells.

In some viruses, not all, it’s the RNA that carries the genetic material, not the DNA.

A key characteristic of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the illness COVID-19, are spike proteins. It’s these spike proteins that penetrate and infect healthy cells in the body.

Human cells do not have spike proteins but can still read them when penetrated and infected.

The SARS-CoV-2 spike protein was first genetically mapped in February 2020.

How this vaccine triggers an immune system response and protects against the virus is its usage of the SARS-CoV-2 mRNA to trigger the growth of its spike proteins on human cells — only the spike proteins and no other portions of SARS-CoV-2.

The immune system responds defensively by removing the spike proteins, remembering how to recognize and remove SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins.

Once vaccinated, should a person become exposed to the coronavirus, the immune system can respond by removing the spike proteins from SARS-CoV-2, not allowing it to replicate itself by infecting healthy cells.

TLDR:

Your cells will produce a defense against the virus.

Hawkeye10

TLDR:

Your cells will produce a defense against the virus.

They'll also do that without a vaccine....I pretty much knew you would provide CDC material, who are lobbied by these pharmaceutical companies any how, and thats all ill say.

Dare I even mention Dr. Mercola to you...[scared]

Iwouldntgiveabean

You completely miss the point of vaccines.

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