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Virginia Reports Biggest Jump In Coronavirus Deaths Since May

Patch logo Patch 3 days ago Mark Hand
a group of people standing in a room: The Virginia Department of Health reported 913 new cases of the coronavirus and 41 new deaths on Saturday. © Shutterstock The Virginia Department of Health reported 913 new cases of the coronavirus and 41 new deaths on Saturday.

VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Health reported 913 new cases of the coronavirus and 41 new deaths from the disease caused by the virus on Saturday. The state has now surpassed the 90,000 case mark with a total of 90,801 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the crisis.

Across Virginia, cumulative hospitalizations are up to 7,910, and deaths have climbed to 2,215. New cases by region include 248 in the eastern region, 202 in the central region, 173 in the northern region, 184 in the southwest region and 106 in the northwest region.

The 41 new deaths from the coronavirus reported on Saturday — the most since May 28 when Virginia set a one-day pandemic record of 57 reported deaths — reflect the number provided to the Virginia Department of Health within the last day, not the actual date of death. Data on deaths by date on the death certificate may be incomplete.

The latest 7-day average of positive nasal swab tests is 7.2 percent as of July 28. The average has been stable in the last few weeks after increasing from the 6-percent range earlier in July. As of Saturday, 1,123,927 nasal swab tests have been completed in Virginia, an increase of 16,567 from Friday.

In Virginia, people in the 20-29 age group have the most coronavirus infections, accounting for 19.3 percent of cases. People in the 30-39 age group have the second-highest infection rate with 18.6 percent of the cases.

Current hospitalizations are overall trending upward after falling to low of 783 patients on July 6. As of Saturday, there were 1,256 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Virginia, down from 1,334 on Friday. According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, 12,007 COVID-19 patients have been discharged, up 11,937 from Friday.

Hospitalizations by region as of Saturday were:

  • Northern: 218
  • Eastern: 556
  • Central: 201
  • Northwest: 112
  • Southwest: 169

Hospitalizations include 150 on ventilators and 275 in the intensive care units as of Saturday. Among all hospital patients, ventilator use is at 20 percent statewide, while ICU occupancy stands at 79 percent. Virginia's average ICU occupancy in 2019 was 67 percent. No hospitals are experiencing difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment or other medical supplies in the next 72 hours.

In Northern Virginia, 173 new cases, or 18.9 percent of the state total, were reported Saturday, keeping with trends since mid-June. The eastern region of the state, which has seen a jump in cases over the past month, reported 248 new cases, its lowest number in more than three weeks.

Here are the latest case updates for our coverage areas from Friday to Saturday:

  • Alexandria: 2,811 cases, 270 hospitalizations, 59 deaths; increase of 13 cases, one hospitalization and one death.
  • Arlington County: 2,906 cases, 435 hospitalizations, 136 deaths; increase of nine cases and one hospitalization.
  • Fairfax County: 15,689 cases, 1,900 hospitalizations, 522 deaths; increase of 73 cases, one hospitalization and two deaths.
  • Fairfax City: 80 cases, 11 hospitalizations, seven deaths; one new case.
  • Falls Church: 59 cases, 10 hospitalizations, six deaths; one case removed.
  • Loudoun County: 5,014 cases, 336 hospitalizations, 112 deaths; increase of 19 cases, one hospitalization and two deaths.
  • Manassas: 1,607 cases, 118 hospitalizations, 20 deaths; increase of three cases.
  • Manassas Park: 498 cases, 50 hospitalizations, seven deaths; increase of one case.
  • Prince William County: 8,893 cases, 779 hospitalizations, 172 deaths; increase of 55 cases, five hospitalizations and two deaths.
  • Fredericksburg: 356 cases, 40 hospitalizations, two deaths; increase of eight cases and two hospitalizations.
  • Spotsylvania County: 1,318 cases, 92 hospitalizations, 35 deaths; increase of 13 cases and two deaths.
  • Stafford County: 1,258 cases, 116 hospitalizations, seven deaths; increase of 15 cases.

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