The number of new daily COVID-19 cases reported locally was high enough to move the Prince William Health District into the “surge” category as of late last week, while cases are growing more slowly or peaking in the rest of Northern Virginia.
Meanwhile, the local health district, which includes Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park, reported 11 new COVID-19 deaths over the past week, with victims ranging from their 30s to age 80 or older.
Among the latest fatalities, two were among residents in their 30s, four were in their 50s, three were in their 70s and two were age 80 or older. The latest victims included eight women and three men, according to Virginia Department of Health data.
The local pandemic death toll now stands at 604, with Prince William County having lost 541 residents, while Manassas has lost 51 and Manassas Park, 12.
Statewide, Virginia reported the loss of its fifth young child to COVID-19 on Wednesday, Sept. 29.
On Thursday, the VDH reported the eighth death of a child or teen between the age of 10 and 19.
Both children were residents of the Eastern Health region of the state, according to VDH, which would provide no other information about the young victims.
Prince William County remains in the red zone – or high range – for community transmission of the coronavirus with 181 cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days, up from 176 cases per 100,000 residents over the previous seven days.
Anything over 100 cases per 100,000 residents over seven days is rated “high” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In areas of high community spread, the CDC recommends that all people – regardless of vaccination status -- wear face masks in all indoor, public spaces as well as in crowded outdoor spaces.
The average number of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in the Prince William Health District actually dropped over the past week, dipping to an average of 118 cases a day as of Wednesday, Sept. 29, down about 5% from the previous week, according to VDH data.
Statewide, new daily cases, hospitalizations dip but deaths rise
Statewide, Virginia reported 195.5 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week, down from the 223.4 cases per 100,000 residents reported the previous week. It was the second-straight week that the state showed an overall decline in the rate of new cases.
The state is averaging 2,919 new cases a day, down about 17% from the average of 3,534 new daily cases reported one week ago.
Hospitalizations are also on the decline. There were 2,033 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, Sept. 29, down from 2,211 last week.
As of Sept. 29, the state was reporting an average of 90 new hospitalizations a day, down from 112 last week.
Local hospitalizations drop
Locally, hospitalizations declined over the last week. The local health district reported 22 new hospitalizations, down from 36 the week before.
There were no new hospitalizations reported this week among kids ages 0 to 9, but there were four among kids and teens ages 10 to 19.
Residents in their 50s reported the most hospitalizations with five, while residents in their 30s reported two. There were three hospitalizations among residents in their 60s and two among residents in their 70s, according to VDH data.