The average number of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in the Prince William Health District rose 35% in the past week – up from 91 cases a day on Sept. 8 to nearly 124 a day as of Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Meanwhile, the county has lost six more residents to the pandemic over the past seven days, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Prince William County remains in the red zone – or high range – for community transmission of the coronavirus with 167 cases per 100,000 residents in the last 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.
Prince William County’s rate of cases per capita has been climbing since mid-July and remains higher than that of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun counties and the city of Alexandria but below that of Fauquier, Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, where vaccination rates are lower.
25% of weekly cases among residents 19 and under
The county added 950 new cases of COVID-19 in the last week – a 37% increase over the prior seven-day period. About 25% of the cases were among local residents age 19 and under, with 94 new cases reported among kids age 9 and under and 123 reported among those between 10 and 19.
There were two new hospitalizations among children and teens age 19 and under, with one among kids 9 and under and one among those between the ages of 10 and 19, according to VDH data.
Since the pandemic began, 31 local children ages 9 and under and 42 kids and teens between 10 and 19 have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the Prince William Health District, according to VDH.
The most recent fatalities included four women and two men, five of whom were 80 or older and one of whom was in their 60s.
The total pandemic-related death toll in the Prince William Health District, which includes Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park, stood at 589 as of Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Prince William County has lost 529 residents to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, while the City of Manassas has lost 49 and Manassas Park, 11.
Residents between the ages of 10 and 29 reported the highest number of new cases this week, with 123 among those between the ages of 10 and 19 and 122 among those in their 20s.
Residents in their 20s have reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the local health district since the pandemic began. A total of 10,585 residents in their 20s have tested positive for COVID-19, while 140 have been hospitalized – including four in the past week -- and six have died, according to VDH data.
Residents in their 30s reported 111 new cases over the past week, while those in their 40s reported 91 new cases, according to VDH.
Statewide, Virginia is averaging 3,630 new cases a day, up about 8% from last week, when the daily average was 3,365 cases.
In Virginia, 2,146 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, Sept. 15, according the Virginia Healthcare and Hospital Association.
Hospitalizations are up about 900% across the state since early July.
The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Virginia exceeded 2,000 a day on Sept. 10.
Of those hospitalized on Sept. 15, about 25% were in intensive care units across the state. Of those, some 65% -- or 352 people – were on ventilators, according to VDH.