The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported that 1,463 Virginians are currently being treated in hospitals for confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus, an increase of 50 patients since Sunday’s report. It follows several days of declines.

Of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 348 are being treated in intensive care units across the state, and 192 are on ventilators — both are at the lowest number since the hospital association began providing data in early April.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 821 new COVID-19 cases in the latest daily report Monday, a number slightly lower than what we’ve seen in recent days, but with far fewer tests — 3,723, compared to 6,600 Sunday and nearly 6,800 reported Saturday.

Gov. Ralph Northam has made 10,000 daily tests and a steady decrease in hospitalizations two goals before reopening some businesses during the pandemic. He is expected to outline plans for phase 1 of businesses reopening later today. A timeline hasn’t been provided.

The Virginia Department of Health has identified 19,492 cases of coronavirus statewide.

Virginia Coronavirus Rolling Average of New Cases

The five day rolling average of new cases, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health.

The state reported 24 new deaths due to COVID-19, with 684 deaths since the pandemic began. More than half of the deaths, 382, have been linked to outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

The state health department updates case numbers each morning by 10 a.m. and include cases and deaths reported by local health agencies before 5 p.m. the previous day.   

Of the total cases, 18,640 have been confirmed by positive tests and another 852 have been identified as probable cases by the health department.

There have been 339 deaths in Northern Virginia linked to COVID-19:

  • Fairfax County: 198
  • Arlington County: 47
  • Prince William County: 26
  • Alexandria: 26
  • Loudoun County: 18
  • Spotsylvania County: 4
  • Falls Church: 4
  • Fauquier County: 3
  • Fairfax City: 2
  • Manassas Park: 2
  • Stafford County: 2
  • Manassas: 1

Northern Virginia, including the Fredericksburg area, accounts for more than half of the cases of the coronavirus statewide, with 10,899, an increase of 553 from the day before.

Northern Virginia cases, compared to the previous day’s total, include: 

  • Fairfax County: 4,615, up from 4,340
  • Prince William County: 2,146, up from 2,026
  • Arlington: 1,139, up from 1,106
  • Loudoun: 961, up from 931
  • Alexandria: 940, up from 899
  • Stafford: 288, up from 271
  • Manassas: 273, up from 266
  • Spotsylvania: 195, up from 186
  • Fauquier: 140, up from 133
  • Manassas Park: 88, up from 82
  • Fredericksburg: 45, up from 39
  • Falls Church: 36, up from 35
  • Fairfax City: 33, up from 32

A total of 122,788 tests statewide have been completed since the pandemic began.  The state health department changed the methodology for reporting tests Friday — it was previously providing the number of people tested, rather than the number of actual tests. Some people have been tested more than once.

In its report, the hospital association said there are 985 people hospitalized across the state with confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from 948 the previous day, and another 478 patients awaiting COVID-19 test results, up from 465.   

The association said 2,547 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals in the state since the pandemic began.

The coronavirus that started in China in late 2019 has led to nearly 248,000 deaths, including 67,686 deaths in the U.S., according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. More than a quarter of the U.S. deaths, 18,925, have been in New York City.  More than 3.52 million cases of the virus have been reported, including nearly 1.16 million cases in the U.S. 

Johns Hopkins notes that more than 180,000 patients have recovered in the U.S. and more than 1.13 million have recovered worldwide. Virginia has not been reporting figures on the number of patients recovered.

State and local law enforcement are warning speeders to slow down

Two Fairfax County tickets Virginia State Police shared online showed a driver hit 132mph and another hit 124 mph. One ticket shared by Fairfax police showed a driver hit 118 mph in a 50 mph zone.

The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force Air Thunderbirds honored frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with "Healthcare Hero" formation flights over Washington and Baltimore on Saturday.

The farms that usually provide the Silver Diner with fresh produce and meat are having trouble surviving as many restaurants are closed or offering only carryout during the coronavirus outbreak, reports WTOP.

A new “farm box” program lets customers purchase farm-fresh items online and pick them up through Silver Diner.

Prospero’s Books, an anchor of Old Town Manassas, won’t be reopening when shops across Virginia get back to business.

Owner Gary Belt called the shop a casualty of the pandemic-related shutdown and said it will close for good. March 16 was its final day of operation.

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