Arlington Sees Spike In Single-Day Numbers Of Coronavirus Cases


ARLINGTON, VA — Virginia Department of Health reported 49 new cases Thursday of COVID-19, the illness associated with the new coronavirus, in the Arlington Health District. That’s the highest number of new cases confirmed in a single day in Arlington since 50 were reported on May 29.

Ryan Hudson, acting public information officer for Arlington’s Public Health Division, said in an email that the higher number was due to VDH clearing a backlog cases.

In addition, VDH noted on its website that 689 cases from across Virginia should have been reported on Wednesday, due to a surveillance system reporting issue.

“Cases are not reported on the day the patient became ill, but on the day they have been classified as meeting the case definition for COVID-19,” the website said.

The total number of confirmed cases in Arlington stands at 4,132.

Virginia health officials also reported no new deaths due to COVID-19 Thursday in Arlington. The last new death was reported on Monday. The total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the Arlington Health District is 152.

A total of 508 people have been hospitalized in Arlington due to COVID-19.

There have been 155,535 total cases statewide, according to data reported by the Virginia Department of Health. In Virginia, there have been 3,328 coronavirus-related deaths to date. There have been a total of 11,393 hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

VDH reported Thursday that 60,372 COVID-19 tests have been taken in Arlington, with a 3.7 percent positivity rate. This is up from the 3.4 percent positivity rate reported on Tuesday. Statewide there have been 2,346,240 COVID-19 tests taken, with a 5.3 percent positivity rate, according to VDH.

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There have been 19 outbreaks in the Arlington Health District as of Thursday, with 573 cases related to an outbreak, with two outbreaks at a congregate setting and three outbreaks in health care settings. There have been 221 reported coronavirus cases in Arlington involving health care workers.

Globally, more than 36.2 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and over 1 million people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday morning. In the United States, more than 7.5 million people have been infected and over 212,000 people have died from COVID-19.

VDH breaks down the number of cases and deaths in Arlington by age, race and ethnicity. The breakdown by age is as follows:

Arlington residents should take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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