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COVID-19 patients in ICUs set record in Virginia;  general cases show peaks |  headlines

A record 656 Virginians were treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units Friday, with a near-record number on ventilators, and state hospitals have only 135 adult ICU beds available.

That report from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association came as aggregate numbers continued to indicate that the Omicron wave of the virus may be peaking in the state and Northern Virginia.

Total hospitalizations statewide hit a new record high of 3,899 on Wednesday, before falling slightly to 3,845 on Friday, the hospital association said. The number of ICU patients surpassed the 2021 record of 621 earlier this week and the number of ventilators, 360, is approaching the 2021 record of 366.

Hospital admission numbers are not available specifically for Northern Virginia.

Statewide, a record 130,381 new cases were reported this week — more than the previous record of 102,000 set the week before. A daily record of 26,175 new cases reported was set on Saturday, and the seven-day average hit a new peak on Thursday at 18,781.6 before falling slightly on Friday. The total case increase of 27.2% was much less than during the Omicron peak.

A record 39,383 new cases were reported in Northern Virginia this week — about 15% more than the previous week’s record of 34,117. The region also set a daily record on Saturday with 8,368 new cases, and the seven-day average peaked at 5,931.1 on Thursday before falling Friday.

Seven-Day Average Diagnostic Test Positivity Rates by Health District

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Health District Highlight Low Current Trend
Alexandria 40.1% / April 23, 2020 0.8% / July 3rd 30.6% down
Arlington 42.8% / April 20, 2020 0.3% / June 22 27.2% stable
Fairfax 38.6% / April 22, 2020 0.7% / 1 & 2 July 33.9% stable
Loudoun 35.2% / January 7, 2022 0.5% / 20, 21, 22, 23 June 34.1% stable
Prince William 43.7% / January 14, 2022 1.1% / June 20 43.7% Up
Rappahannock 45.1% / January 2, 2022 1.3% / June 20 45.1% Up
all over the state 36.2% / January 7, 2022 1.3% / June 25 35.8% Up

Northern Virginia’s seven-day average remained nearly 4 1/2 times the level it was on this date in January 2021, while the state average is more than three times the 2021 level.

In the weekly update, the Biocomplexity Institute at the University of Virginia predicted that the current peak will peak around Jan. 23, and then cases could drop quickly. However, all 35 health districts of the state are currently experiencing an uptick in cases, although reproduction rates have declined slightly in most areas over the past week.

The Virginia Department of Health has now reported 540 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant, with 260 of them in Northern Virginia. The state number is up from 174 cases a week earlier, and Omicron accounted for 85% of all tested cases for the week ending January 1. Only a small percentage of positive samples are tested for variants, and testing and reporting results often take a week or more to complete.

After several weeks of rapid increases, diagnostic test positivity rates generally stabilized this week, but at historically high rates. The seven-day statewide average rate set a record 36.2% this week, and Prince William and Rappahannock’s health districts also set new records. Test rates generally haven’t been this high since the early days of the pandemic in April 2020, when few tests were available.

Statewide, a record 343,524 diagnostic test results were reported this week, far surpassing the previous weekly record of 230,000 in January 2021.

The state reported 152 new COVID-related deaths this week. The Virginia Department of Health has said that due to a new method of accounting for COVID-related deaths, reports of new deaths are being delayed for several weeks. Of this week’s deaths, 16 were in Northern Virginia: seven in Fairfax County, four in Prince William County, three in Alexandria and one each in Arlington and Loudoun counties.

Northern Virginia data by city (January 14, 2022)

SOURCE: Virginia Department of Health

Venue Fallen hospital admissions deaths New cases this week New cases last week
Alexandria 25.027 688 164 3.218 3.329
Arlington 33.426 1001 284 4.293 2.962
Fairfax 147.623 4.259 1,217 16,887 13,982
Fairfax City 1,747 77 36 180 238
Falls Church 1,494 29 14 280 230
Loudoun 55.773 1,300 315 5.497 5.669
manassas 7.709 416 57 738 625
Manassas Park 1,879 114 16 383 177
Prince William 82,688 2,949 620 7,909 6.898
Totals 357,366 10,833 2.723 39,385 34.110
OTHER TERRITORY JURISDICTIONS
Province/City Fallen hospital admissions deaths New cases last week New cases this week
Fredericksburg 4.487 124 28 400 396
Spotsylvania 22.222 500 195 1,881 1,599 euros
stafford 24.960 525 119 2,438 2.312
Fauquier 10.826 399 96 908 781
culpeper 9,598 256 97 858 601

Three new outbreaks involving more than four cases were reported in Northern Virginia this week. The state health department has changed the definition of an outbreak effective Jan. 1 to include sites with three or more connected cases, not two or more. The new outbreaks are:

  • Alexandria’s envoy, 7 cases, reported to the health department Dec. 30
  • ProMedica Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Arlington, 7 Cases, Reported Dec. 31
  • Tribute at Heritage Village in Prince William, 6 cases, reported on December 29

Four other previously reported outbreaks with more than four cases are listed as ongoing:

  • Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Alexandria, 45 cases, reported Dec. 29.
  • Silverado Alexandria Memory Care Community, five cases reported on December 29
  • Envoy from Woodbridge, a nursing home in Prince William, reported 13 cases on December 29
  • KinderCare Montclair, a pre-kindergarten/daycare center in Prince William, reported six cases on Dec. 29.

The health department’s dashboard tracking the number of breakthrough infections shows that between January 17, 2021 and January 8, 2022, 35,686 infections were reported in fully vaccinated people in Northern Virginia, resulting in 97 deaths.

Statewide, 110,185 such infections had been reported, or about 13.7% of the 801,000 total cases reported during that time. The health department says the data shows that unvaccinated people are 4.4 times more likely to develop COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people and 4.0 times more likely to die from COVID-19.

The health department vaccination dashboard shows that the average number of doses administered per day rose to about 31,000 this week as vaccine sites reopened after the early January snow storms. The number of vaccinations was 86,000 a day at the end of March, but had fallen to about 12,000 a day by mid-summer.

As of Friday, approximately 14.41 million doses of vaccine had been administered to Virginians and the third dose had been administered to more than 2.29 million Virginia residents. More than 250,000 children ages 5 to 11 have now received at least one dose, representing about 34.6% of that age group.

Overall, 78.4% of all Virginians have now received at least one dose of a vaccine and 68.3% are considered fully vaccinated.

LEAVEST COVID19 DATA

New cases/deaths (seven days ending Friday, January 14)

  • Northern Virginia: 39,383 new cases (up from 34,117 last week); 16 new deaths (none last week)
  • Statewide: 130,381 new cases (up from 102,511 last week); 152 new deaths (up from 64 last week)
  • Statewide testing: 343,524 PCR diagnostic test results (up from 199,393 last week and the most ever)

Total Totals

  • Northern Virginia: 357,366 cases, 2,723 deaths
  • Statewide: 1,351,417 cases, 15,803 deaths
  • Statewide testing: 11.74 million PCR diagnostic tests (16.78 million when antibody and antigen tests are included)
  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) cases: 127 (of which 14 in Fairfax, 12 in Prince William, two in Loudoun and Alexandria and one in Arlington). A new case was reported statewide this week.

*Supplied by Virginia Department of Health. The health department’s COVID-19 data is updated every morning (Monday through Friday) at 10 a.m. and includes reports from local health authorities before 5 p.m. the previous day.

Statewide hospital data (as of Friday, January 14):

Hospital admissions: 3,845 (against 3,329 on January 7)

Peak hospitalizations: 3,899 reached January 12, 2022

Patients in ICU: 656 (against 545 on January 7 and new record)

Discharged patients: 83,676 (2,913 this week)

*Supplied by Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

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

Editor’s Note: InsideNoVa provides regular weekly COVID-19 updates. For daily reports, visit the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard.