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UPDATED: Local COVID-19 transmission remains high but is declining. County reports 9 more deaths, 8 more school outbreaks

Local death toll rises to 621

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Prince William County remained in the high category for community transmission of COVID-19 this past week with 120 cases per 100,000 residents – a decrease from last week but still a level at which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over 2 wear a mask inside public places.

Reported local deaths spiked last week, however, and reflect the recent Delta-fueled surge of new cases, which now seems to be waning. 

The local health district reported nine more deaths since Oct. 15 – including those of one resident in their 30s, one in their 40s, one in their 50s, four in their 70s and two age 80 and older.

Meanwhile, another 17 local residents were hospitalized for COVID-19 this past week, including five age 19 and under. The hospitalization of three kids ages 9 and under were reported over the last week, while two were reported among kids and teens between the ages of 10 and 19, according to VDH data.

School outbreaks

The VDH reported eight new outbreaks at K-12 schools in the Prince William Health District, including six more at public schools – for a total of 13 since the start of the school year – and two at private schools.

Among Prince William County public schools, the latest outbreaks were reported at Bennett Elementary, Buckland Mills Elementary, Haymarket Elementary, Westridge Elementary, Pennington Traditional School and Unity Braxton Middle School.

Bennett Elementary, near the Prince William Fairgrounds in Manassas, has had the largest outbreak so far with 39 cases. The school reverted to virtual instruction during the week of Oct. 11-15 after more than 300 staff and students were sent home to quarantine for positive cases or exposures to COVID-19.

In-person classes resumed at Bennett this past week, but the outbreak first appeared on the state dashboard on Friday, Oct. 22. It was first identified by local health district officials on Oct. 13, the VDH says. 

As of Oct. 22, there were fewer than 10 students and staff members either isolating or in quarantine at Bennett Elementary, according to the school division’s COVID-19 dashboard.

Pennington Traditional School, in Manassas, is reporting the second-largest outbreak with 29 cases. The outbreak there was identified on Oct. 12. As of Friday, 22 students and staff were isolating for positive or probable cases of COVID-19, while 30 were in quarantine, according to the school division COVID-19 dashboard.

Superintendent LaTanya McDade mentioned the outbreak at Pennington Traditional School during the school board meeting this past week. McDade said school division officials considered halting extracurricular activities at Pennington but were able to avoid such measures. A letter sent home to parents from Pennington Traditional Principal Amanda Johnson acknowledged a quick rise in cases at the school but said most were reported among students already in quarantine.

The newly reported outbreaks included a fifth at Buckland Elementary, in Gainesville, which had reported four separate outbreaks last week. One of the outbreaks at Buckland Elementary involved seven cases, while the other four involved fewer than five cases each. As of Oct. 22, there were fewer than 10 students in isolation or quarantining for COVID-19 at Buckland Elementary, according to the school division website.

The outbreak at Haymarket Elementary, identified on Oct. 11, involved fewer than five cases, according to VDH. The school had fewer than 10 students and staff in isolation on Friday and 22 in quarantine, according to the school division website.

The outbreak at Westridge Elementary, in Lake Ridge, also involved fewer than five cases. As of Oct. 22, there were no students nor staff in isolation at the school and fewer than 10 were quarantining.

The outbreak at Unity Braxton Middle School, in Manassas, involved fewer than five cases, according to VDH. As of Oct. 22, the school had fewer than 10 students and staff isolating and 53 quarantining.

The VDH also reported new outbreaks at two private schools: Linton Hall School, in Bristow, and at Alternative Paths Training School, in Manassas. There were five cases involved in the outbreak at the Linton Hall School and fewer than five at the Alternative Paths Training School.

Cases still high across the state, but declining

Across Virginia, case levels remain high – most counties except Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Lancaster, located on the Eastern Shore – have seven-day case rates in the high range, which is over 100 per 100,000 residents. 

But cases are declining in most areas of the state. Thirty-one counties saw declining cases over the past week, including Prince William County, while cases are plateauing in four, according to the most recent report from the University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute.

Still, the institute is warning that the high case levels, combined with a substantial unvaccinated population, could lead to “a significant holiday surge,” the report warns.

“Cases are declining in most health districts, yet, as we entered October, were at level three times higher than seen last October,” the report notes. “While declining trajectories are good sign, high case levels may provide a better foundation for a holiday surge than existed last year. There is a large enough unvaccinated population that we could see a repeat of last year's surge.”

Still, booster shots, which have now been authorized for people who received the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots, could recharge immunity levels enough to avoid a repeat of last year’s surge. Also, the expected approval of vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-old further brighten the state’s outlook, the report said.

The CDC and VDH continue to urge Virginians to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible.

Flu shots are also being urged as this year’s flu season could be worse than last, when cases were negligible largely because masking and social distancing protocols were still in place.

With those restrictions lifting, the UVA Biocomplexity Institute and VDH see a possibility for higher levels of flu this season, the report says.

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Ok, thanks for the information and have a good day! mobdro


A gew quick but important thoughts:

1. Less then 10% of the china flu deaths are FROM the virus the rest ARE WITH the virus

2. When Xiden lifted the restrictions the rolling 7 day average deaths was just under 600 deaths.

The Xiden admin know wants the restrictions back and the rolling 7 day death average is 290....290 for 7 days.


NOTE weak kneed northam turned chicken politician when he announced no states wide mandate and simply kicked the can the the local pols. Meaning the Socialists Dems like Mcaulliff won't be painted as a masker during the election

Stay strong stay healthy fear the needle!


Media will now go back to the Wuhan flu to distract the public from the Biden Chinese scandals. Don't belive the Chinese propaganda. The vaccine is out.


Remember H1N1? Guess how many American "cases" there were in the U.S.? SIXTY MILLION. That's 60,000,000. During that time, Obama & Biden were in the White House. They did next-to-nothing about it. You should think about that.


Yes there were 60,000,000 H1N1 cases in 2009, but only 12,469 deaths

The Corona Virus has already caused almost 300,000 deaths and is officillay the current leading cause of death in the USA according to both the CDC & the White House Corona Virus task force.

Laura 284,000 deaths in the first 12 months vs. 2,000,000 deaths in the first 12 months in the U.S.A.


I can't believe the Fake News didn't say that RBG died of COVID. They let a crisis go to waste.


Maybe because it's not fake news? Perhaps you should take a more critical look at your own sources of information.


6% of 186k is.


Once this China Virus cant be used as a Socialist Demo political football the China Virus will simply go away.

IMPORTANT NEWS NOT FOUND HERE: CDC declares that ONLY 6% of the deaths are FROM the China Virus...the balance are deaths from thing like cancer and stroke but the patient MAY have also had the China Virus...6%...the CDC has been LYING to us for months...ya lets all hail, Fauci. Bet he resigns soon and goes to work for Gates. Remember that we have several Socialist Demos that moved sick people in with Senior Citizens and KILLED them. Can't wait for the class action suit against them.

Once again this is simply a terrible article, poorly written and even more poorly researched.

Stop printing lies as it makes you look like China is sending you cash to print such lies


Same old socialists propaganda with this newspaper. Garbage.


Is time to move on from this covid aka flu. Let's get back to normal and live with it. Enough of the scare tactics. We didn't shut the economy for bird flu, swine flu , or ebola or even the flu pandemic. Does anyone remember this happening?? No. So let's cut the bull sh×t and get back to normal.


Show the number of deaths and speed of transmission for each of those events. If you cannot, live your life and stfu.


A few passing thoughts:

1. it is such bad journalism keeping this article as long as it is...NO ONE is reading it earn an F

2.notice all the young rioters, looters and protestors getting sick...they earn an "S" for stupidity

3. notice that the recovery rate is now over 99%...yes lets please put the thumbscrews to the entire state with a 99% recovery rate

4. notice if you will that the China Virus now cures cancer and stroke to name a few as doctors move to ID the China Virus as the bad guy so they can get more kickback money,

5. let's are sure to close schools since the Union says so

6. the taxpayer will make out well since all that money not spent by the schools will be extra cash now. I mean they aren't going to simply spend it willy nilly right...LOL

7. let's be sure to punish the whole state for what NOVA Richmond and Hampton do

8. VA is soooo poorly run and so under the thumb of the Unions and has become a grotesque joke


Preach it Catharpin411. This state is too far gone on corruption now. It's inbred in Progressives.


Yes. Kathleen Corn-Filler is a total socialist from New York.


Notice the recent rise in cases in younger people due to the protest/riot spike.


As well as no appreciable rise in deaths or hospitalizations. Despite the spike in cases caused by the protests/riots. Pretty much a spike nationwide in all the areas where their were large protests/riots.


Once the covid scam starts to go away, the race and riots will continue, when that slows down, back to the covid nonsense.


Instead of a mile long article, one table with basic info would provide the necessary information. Total number of infections, % hospitalization, % death. Overall and daily. And by age groups.Such table would fit in the computer screen.


Sad part is it truly peaked in April. Gov. Blackface dragged it out for political gain just like the mask edict, months after he should have done it. Now we have hot, warm and humid temperatures and sunlight the worst things for a virus and yet we have to wear masks in certain businesses. Good thing it's only enforceable by the health dept.


number of cases is irrelevant as there is more testing. How about telling us about the hospitalization rate instead.


These number are pretty much useless. Especially for 60 years would and below. Would be good to know their health status and other relevant info.


I am disappointed to see PrinceWilliamTimes stopped reporting COVID-19 statistics (cases/deaths) for the "Northern Virginia" area. This was quite useful. They kept reporting these as long as the numbers were going up. Once they started trending downward, they stopped. I was counting on them to finish telling the whole story.


Still pretty much a nursing home disease unless you have comorbidities like diabetes and obesity while younger. I see with the protests that social distancing never really mattered. Today's progressive democrat, do as I say not as I do. See Gov. Northam about that one.


New here. I took a test last Tuesday/Wednesday in Manassas. They still haven’t called me. Called the people doing the test they state they don’t handle the results and someone will call this week.


If you feel OK, why would you take the test? 5 minutes later (figuratively speaking) you can get infected and the entire test was a waste of time.


Our inept governor and his staff should travel, to Florida to learn how to handle the virus.


This comment aged horribly Florida is an epicenter of the virus while Virginia is doing much better.


Let businesses set their rules for dealing with the public in a safe manner till this blows over. Keep the beurocrats and politicians quarantine in Richmond, leave the rest of us alone.


Its obvious it peaked in April by any metric. Obvious and deliberate overreaction by the Governor.


Peaked yes but due to the lack of appropriate measures by people out and about, it's declining at an alarming slow rate.


Double peaked and has fallen off the map literally.


Looks like the governor is incapable of managing the virus crisis. Things are going from bad to worse by the day.


You want to see how fast they open. ? Stop paying all of the state employees and politicians from governor down. Then you see how fast the politicians change.


What is going to change by June 10th that will allow businesses to re-open. I can only imagine he will try to push the date back again.


As more people are tested, more people will test positive for COVID-19. Flu viruses can hang-around for years. So, businesses could be closed for years.


Its insane to do that you know that right?


Yes. I know it's insane. Here we are, it's the end of August & the Democrats are still pushing their end-of-the-world narrative. It's crazy & CORRUPT.


Because people are impatient and not taking it as seriously as they should. The stay at home order needs to be strictly enforced and more businesses need to shut down. I'm sorry, but McDonalds and Starbucks aren't essential. I see kids continuing to play on playgrounds and teenagers socializing because they are too dumb to realize the ramifications of their actions, nor do they care because they seem no threat to themselves. I received an email from a painting contractor the other day saying they are open and operating as an essential business. Really!? Stay home people or this will never get better!


We need to shut down 75% of the government, it is also not essential. Then we shall see how fast everything reopens. For the people who work at McDonalds, McDonalds is essential.


Brad take your gibberish elsewhere fascist. More people are dying of murder, suicide and other health conditions because of quarantines and lock downs then this bad year flu. If you had practiced better eating and sanitary habits we probably wouldn't even have to discuss this you confused gender fool. Go see a psychiatrist.


Its simple, go back to work. If your sick dont go out stay home till is passed. Stay away from elder people and wash your hands dont touch your face.


InsideCommenter + Brad = Morons. Were you idiots calling him out for acting too soon before you started saying he acted too late like the rest of the Libtard party?


weouchere + zcxnissan = batshit crazy morons. I was never calling him out for acting too soon, he acted to late if we had started these measures two weeks earlier we would've been able to avoid 90% of the cases. The gas-lighting and lies you all do are just hilarious.


Actually it has been noted by many medical studies that blacks are more susceptible because they have many underlying conditions like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, unhealthy lifestyles. Social distancing is not being practiced in the cities. That's obvious. See New York City. Also wondering why nursing home death statistics are not being reported properly. They are ginning up the totals trying to use any disaster for political advantage. InsideCommenter and Brad your TDS is obvious.


The numbers in Chesterfield pale in comparison to Democrat cities and counties nationwide.


Ignorant statement of the article award has now been granted. A virus will spread where more people live, places that are more densely populated are naturally where the virus will spread faster. Despite this Democratic areas have been doing better than Red states who are whining like crybabies about not being able to get a haircut or dine in, a rise in cases in the state of Kentucky was attributed to fascist protests about the stay at home orders.


Gaslighting was a mastery first aced by Tamanny Hall democrats and passed on from generation to generation. From there to democrat Klansmen and segregationists. Even up to the modern day. Nowadays they have turned more fascistic/communist with their green new deals and universal incomes. Not to mention the bs being slung about global warming/climate change, or whatever they will call it next week.


Look, people are dying because of this terrible disease. Why don't you take your lies and obsessions to some neo-conservative chat room, no one wants to read your gibberish here.


What is this hot pile of garbage you call an argument. All you do is name call talk about facts and logic not whatever you saw on Facebook.


All he said was people are dying. That is accurate. Nationally we've had more deaths in a month than from a year with flu and that's with all the social distancing. If you're not capable of taking in seriously or don't want to be stuck at home, please at least where a mask and avoid contact with others.



I agree with the one who talked about the mortality of this grave disease. The one who I was rebutting was zcxnissan who constantly trolls and makes up lies.


If these non-essential democrats would stay home it would stop spreading.


Maybe if the orange cheeto and his cultists would stay at their home instead of prancing around we could flatten the curve.


Or maybe if the orange cheeto and his cultists had done their job timely and correctly in the first place these unfortunates might not have been infected or died.


I guess going to Chinatown doesn't count if your Nancy Pelosi. So many lies, it comes natural to the old bat. She's probably a super spreader. She probably used hydroxychloroquine as an antidote.


Why would she use an unproven, dangerous drug pushed by trump. Was he being sarcastic about that one as well or only about disinfectant and really bright lights?


Funny how most of the deaths are in Democrat cities and states. I guess they don't follow rules or laws.


Chesterfield is heavily Republican and has many cases. Anyhow cases tend to be in areas that have a larger population. Has nothing to do with political affiliation or rule following.


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