Hospitalizations continue to decline across Virginia

The numbers of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to fall across Virginia, though for a second week in a row, new cases in Rappahannock County actually increased, according to new data Friday.

Virginia Department of Health data show that the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases is at 2,111.3, its lowest level in about two months. That's down 21.5% in the past week and 41.8% in the past month, but is still nearly double the average on this date in 2020, before vaccines were available. The state topped 900,000 cases this week since the pandemic began.

In the Rappahannock, 21 new COVID-19 cases were been reported in the week that ended last Friday. That's up from 18 new cases the previous week. On Monday, 4 more cases were recorded, raising the county total to 563 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

There was 1 new local hospitalization reported this week, raising the total to 24 since last March. There have been 4 coronavirus-related deaths of county residents, a figure that, once again, thankfully did not increase this week.

Meanwhile, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported that hospitalizations for treatment of COVID-19 have declined another 11.8% in the past week, to 1,474 patients as of Friday. That's 33.3% below the Sept. 21 Delta variant peak of 2,211 patients. However, hospitalizations were as low as 195 in early July.

Reported deaths related to the summer surge of the Delta continue to rise, however, with the state reporting 316 new COVID-related deaths this week, the most since the week ending March 13. 

Updated data on selected outbreaks across the state show outbreaks in progress at nursing homes or assisted-living facilities in our region:

Page: Hawksbill Assisted Living

Madison: Autumn Case

Orange: Dogwood Village

Frederick: Fox Trail Assisted Living; Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury; Spring Arbor of Winchester

The health department's dashboard tracking the number of breakthrough infections had not been updated by mid-afternoon Friday. Statewide, 34,691 such infections had been reported, a small percentage of the nearly 460,000 overall cases reported in that time. The health department says the data show that unvaccinated people are 6.5 times more likely to develop COVID-19 than fully vaccinated individuals and are 6.0 times more likely to die from COVID-19. 

The health department updated its vaccination dashboard this week to reflect third, or booster, doses of the COVID-19 vaccines. As a result, the average number of doses administered per day has approximately doubled, to 20,819. Vaccinations were as high as 86,000 a day in late March.

As of Friday, over 11.03 million vaccine doses had been administered to Virginians, with 73.5% of the adult population and 61.8% of the total population now fully vaccinated.  Third doses have been administered to about 267,000 Virginia residents.  

Average positivity rate for diagnostic COVID-19 tests both statewide and in Northern Virginia continue to fall with the decline in cases. Every Northern Virginia health district except Prince William has a rate below 5%, which experts generally believe indicates the spread of the virus is under control. 


New Cases/Deaths (Seven days ending Friday, Oct. 15)

  • Rappahannock County: 21 new cases (up from 18 prior week); 0 new deaths (same as prior week)  

  • Statewide: 14,779 new cases (down from 18,831 prior week); 316 new deaths (up from 269 prior week)

  • Statewide Testing: 150,332 PCR diagnostic test results (down from 170,547 prior week)     

Overall Totals

  • Rappahannock County: 563 cases, 4 deaths  

  • Statewide: 902,938 cases, 13,391 deaths

  • Statewide Testing: 9.64 million PCR diagnostic tests (13.34 million when including antibody and antigen tests)  

  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 94 (including 14 in Fairfax, 11 in Prince William, two in Loudoun and Alexandria and one in Arlington). Four new cases reported statewide this week.

*Provided by Virginia Department of Health. The health department's COVID-19 data is updated each morning (Monday through Friday) by 10 a.m. and includes reports by local health agencies before 5 p.m. the previous day.

Statewide Hospital Data (as of Friday, Oct. 15):

  • Hospitalizations: 1,474 (down from 1,671 on Oct. 8)

  • Peak Hospitalizations: 3,209 reached Jan. 13

  • Patients in ICU: 385 (down from 443 on Oct. 8)

  • Patients Discharged: 70,074 (720 this week)

For updated national and international COVID-19 data, visit the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard.

Editor's note: Rapp News is providing regular COVID-19 updates every week. For daily reports, visit the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard

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