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New Coronavirus Cases In Virginia Creep Up On Eve Of Phase 3

Patch logo Patch 6/30/2020 Mark Hand
Health officials are keeping a close eye on the rising number of daily positive cases as Virginia prepares to ease restrictions on businesses and gatherings. © Shutterstock Health officials are keeping a close eye on the rising number of daily positive cases as Virginia prepares to ease restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

VIRGINIA — On the eve of Virginia entering phase three of its coronavirus reopening plan, Virginia health officials reported 598 new cases of the coronavirus and 23 new deaths. According to the Virginia Department of Health, the cumulative totals as of Tuesday were 62,787 cases, 6,203 hospitalizations and 1,763 deaths.

In recent days, the public health data monitored by state officials have been remaining steady or trending slightly upward. Health officials are keeping a close eye on the rising number of daily positive cases and the increasing percentage of positive tests in some regions as the state prepares to ease restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

The seven-day averages for new coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths in Virginia have been climbing in recent days. The seven-day average for new daily infections was 541 on Tuesday, compared to 498 on June 21. The average for daily reported fatalities was 17, a jump from nine on June 21.

For most of June, the number of new daily coronavirus cases remained below 500. Over the past week, though, the VDH has reported new daily totals well above that figure. Last Friday, health officials reported 624 new cases, followed by 677 new cases reported Saturday and 598 new cases on Tuesday.

Loudoun County has reported a spike in cases among young people. Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend said it appears many teenagers and young adults found positive for the coronavirus had traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina over the last two weeks, WUSA9 reported Tuesday.

“They had gone on a trip together, hundreds of them actually, to a type of beach week celebration in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina," Goodfriend said.

As of Tuesday, 642,371 polymerase chain reaction (PCR or nasal swab) tests have been completed in Virginia, an increase of 8,666 tests from Monday. For June, Virginia has been averaging about 10,000 coronavirus tests per day.

The positive rate of tests stands at 6.0 percent on June 26, a slight increase from the 5.9 percent reported June 25. At a peak, the rate had been over 20 percent on April 20.

On Tuesday, positive rates were lower than the state average in Alexandria, which reported a 5.4 percent positive rate, and Arlington County, which reported 2.6 percent positive rate. Elsewhere in Northern Virginia, the positive rates were higher on Tuesday than the state average reported on June 26. The rates were 10.9 percent in the Prince William Health District, 9.8 percent in Loudoun County and 7 percent in the Fairfax Health District.

According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, 902 people with confirmed or pending coronavirus test results were hospitalized as of Tuesday, an increase of 106 people from hospitalizations reported Monday. This includes 230 COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit and 98 on ventilators. There are 615 of 3,034 ventilators in use by all hospital patients, representing 20 percent use.

There have been 8,080 coronavirus patients discharged from hospitals in Virginia. No hospitals are experiencing difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment or other medical supplies.

Across Virginia, 457 coronavirus outbreaks are associated with 11,225 cases. Long-term care facilities have 239 outbreaks, 6,829 cases and 1,066 deaths. The VDH Long-Term Care Task Force is providing locations, cases and deaths at outbreak locations. Outbreaks are defined as two or more laboratory-confirmed cases.

Here are the latest coronavirus updates for our Virginia Patch coverage areas:

  • Alexandria: 2,325 cases, 238 hospitalizations, 57 deaths; eight new cases.
  • Arlington County: 2,479 cases, 418 hospitalizations, 132 deaths; 13 new cases.
  • Fairfax County: 13,850 cases, 1,613 hospitalizations, 488 deaths; 10 new cases, four new hospitalizations and 10 new deaths.
  • Fairfax City: 70 cases, seven hospitalizations, seven deaths; no changes.
  • Falls Church: 56 cases, 11 hospitalizations, eight deaths; no changes.
  • Loudoun County: 4,000 cases, 275 hospitalizations, 87 deaths; 32 new cases and four new hospitalizations.
  • Manassas: 1,397 cases, 97 hospitalizations, 16 deaths; 12 new cases and one new hospitalization.
  • Manassas Park: 431 cases, 46 hospitalizations, six deaths; four new cases, two new hospitalizations and one new death.
  • Prince William County: 7,285 cases, 656 hospitalizations, 144 deaths; 75 new cases, three new hospitalizations and five new deaths.
  • Fredericksburg: 246 cases, 24 hospitalizations, no deaths; one less case.
  • Spotsylvania County: 993 cases, 74 hospitalizations, 29 deaths; eight new cases and one new hospitalization.
  • Stafford County: 988 cases, 92 hospitalizations, five deaths; three new cases and one new hospitalization.



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