The number of new coronavirus infections this week has fallen to levels last seen in mid-July across the Washington region, although leaders and health officials worry that the return of colder weather could reverse the trend.
The rolling seven-day average of new cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia dropped to 1,293, down from recent peaks above 2,000 about two months ago. All three jurisdictions have recorded multiweek lows in new reported cases in recent days.
The Virginia Department of Health reported Wednesday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 148,271 — an increase of 755 from the 147,516 reported Tuesday.
The 148,271 cases consist of 140,614 confirmed cases and 7,657 probable cases. There are 3,208 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 2,995 confirmed and 213 probable. That’s an increase of 21 from the 3,187 reported Tuesday.
As schools in the Washington area inch toward reopening, a question looms: whether and how school districts will report coronavirus cases among students and staff.
Reporting policies vary district-to-district across D.C., Maryland and Virginia, but many school systems in the region are opting to stay mostly mum. Some school officials say they are not tracking or publishing data on school-related virus cases — only notifying people who may have come into contact with infected individuals.
The death toll from COVID-19 actually went down in Henry County on Wednesday but rose for the West Piedmont Health District, completing the deadliest month since the pandemic began in March.
Henry County saw a reduction from 26 to 25 deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, but there were two new deaths: one in Martinsville and another in Franklin County.
Dozens of residents and nearly 20 employees at a Virginia Beach nursing home recently tested positive for COVID-19.
13News Now talked with a man whose family member is a resident at the center. He shared emails updates with us from the center's administrator about the outbreak.
The facility is Sentara's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center off Rosemont Road.
COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care centers are partially responsible for sharp increases in local deaths over the past two months, health officials said Wednesday.
Since August, COVID-19 has claimed almost 120 patients at Ballad Health System hospitals, or about 80% of the 148 patients who died at Ballad facilities since the pandemic began.
Children and teenagers make up about 15 percent of local COVID-19 cases, a rate that has risen slightly since June.
Readers have asked if local cases are increasing among the younger set, as they’re doing nationally after students returned to school. Only private schools have reopened locally for classes, but King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties are planning to resume in-school sessions a few days a week later this month for younger students.
Loudoun County’s positive test rate for COVID-19 dipped under 5 percent in the seven-day rolling average released Wednesday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
The 5 percent mark has been a target for local health officials as they look to quell the harm brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Prince William Health District has received more than 800 complaints since July about businesses not complying with the state’s requirements about face coverings, maintaining social distancing and limiting large gatherings. But officials have yet to issue fines or revoke licenses.
In July, when Virginia’s Phase 3 guidelines went into effect, the health district received 517 complaints. The number declined to 291 in August, said Patrick Jones, the health district’s environmental manager.
The state health departments in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut updated their travel advisory lists on Tuesday and removed Virginia from their lists.
The other state removed was Arizona while Colorado was added.