VA Coronavirus Hospitalizations Top 1K, Positive Rate Below 5%

VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Health reported 509 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, down from 625 new cases on Tuesday. In Virginia, there have been 153,691 cumulative coronavirus cases, 11,345 hospitalizations and 3,303 deaths.

COVID-19 hospitalizations stand at 1,003 patients statewide as of Wednesday, the first time they have climbed above 1,000 since Sept. 16 when they reached 1,027. That includes 240 in the central region, 234 in the eastern region, 217 in the northern region, 194 in the southwest region and 118 in the northwest region.

According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, the current hospitalizations include 228 in the intensive care units and 109 on ventilators.

Ventilator use stands at 22 percent among all Virginia hospital patients, and ICU occupancy is at 80 percent. There are no hospitals reporting difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment in the next 72 hours. According to the association, 18,189 COVID-19 total patients have been discharged from hospitals as of Wednesday.

The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases has been below 1,000 since Sept. 18 and now stands at 774. On Wednesday, the southwest region led the state with 124 new cases of the coronavirus, followed by the northern region with 124 cases, the northwest region with 81, the central region with 65 and the eastern region with 58.

The seven-day positive average of PCR tests in Virginia is 4.8 percent as of Oct. 3. The regional averages are 4.4 percent in the northern region, 4.5 percent in the central region, 4.6 in the eastern region, 4.9 percent in the northwest region and 6.4 percent in the southwest region. There have been 2,170,313 PCR tests completed as of Wednesday, an increase of 26,145 from Tuesday.

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for our coverage area between Tuesday and Wednesday:

  • Alexandria: 3,938 cases, 327 hospitalizations, 71 deaths; increase of six cases

  • Arlington County: 4,083 cases, 508 hospitalizations, 152 deaths; increase of 15 cases

  • Fairfax County: 21,447 cases, 2,180 hospitalizations, 594 deaths; increase of 33 cases and two deaths; removal of one hospitalization

  • Fairfax City: 140 cases, 13 hospitalizations, eight deaths; removal of one hospitalization

  • Falls Church: 72 cases, 13 hospitalizations, seven deaths; no changes

  • Loudoun County: 7,042 cases, 441 hospitalizations, 127 deaths; increase of 16 cases and one death

  • Manassas: 1,961 cases, 130 hospitalizations, 24 deaths; increase of seven cases

  • Manassas Park: 619 cases, 56 hospitalizations, eight deaths; increase of three cases and one hospitalization

  • Prince William County: 12,855 cases, 931 hospitalizations, 208 deaths; increase of 44 cases

  • Fredericksburg: 554 cases, 50 hospitalizations, five deaths; increase of one case

  • Spotsylvania County: 2,197 cases, 137 hospitalizations, 46 deaths; increase of two cases and one hospitalization

  • Stafford County: 2,082 cases, 161 hospitalizations, 18 deaths; increase of one case

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This article originally appeared on the Ashburn Patch

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