(Up to date at 1:20 p.m.) The unfold of COVID-19 has slowed to the purpose the place the Fairfax Well being District truly subtracted instances from its general whole immediately (Monday).
In accordance with the newest information from the Fairfax County Well being Division, the district — which incorporates Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church — has seen seven fewer instances than beforehand reported, suggesting an error in earlier case counts.
The Fairfax Well being District truly reported 10 new COVID-19 instances immediately, however 17 instances that had been assigned to the district have now been eliminated, ensuing within the unfavorable quantity, in line with FCHD spokesperson Tina Dale.
“Knowledge is reviewed by the Virginia Division of Well being and changes are made based mostly on these critiques,” Dale instructed Tysons Reporter. “With low general numbers of recent instances, we could proceed to see days the place ‘unfavorable numbers’ are reported.”
Dale says instances are typically eliminated primarily as a result of they really occurred in one other well being district, or as a result of there are duplicates.
“Duplicate instances can happen as a result of VDH has a course of the place new COVID labs are routinely processed and counted as a brand new case, which on additional evaluate is recognized as a reproduction,” she mentioned.
Even so, COVID-19 case ranges have continued to drop within the county because the seven-day common peaked for this spring at 194.4 instances on April 13, Virginia Division of Well being information reveals. The weekly common is now at 23.6 instances — the bottom since there have been 22.3 instances per seven days on March 29, 2020.
The Fairfax Well being District has recorded a complete of 77,837 COVID-19 instances because the first presumptive optimistic case was recognized on March 9, 2020. 4,105 individuals within the district have been hospitalized, and 1,116 individuals have died from the illness brought on by the novel coronavirus.
The regular decline in new instances has continued even after Virginia amended its mask-wearing mandate greater than per week in the past to exempt individuals who have been absolutely vaccinated, a heartening signal because the state prepares to raise all capability and social distancing necessities on Friday (Might 28) in time for Memorial Day weekend.
The Commonwealth can maintain requiring masks for individuals who aren’t absolutely vaccinated and in sure settings, resembling faculties, so long as its public well being emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic stays in place. Gov. Ralph Northam’s government order is at the moment set to run out at 11:59 p.m. on June 30, although it could possibly be prolonged or rescinded earlier than then.
Since Northam introduced that capability limits will likely be lifted on the finish of Might, somewhat than in June as initially steered, vaccinations have develop into extra widespread, whereas COVID-19 instances have fallen statewide.
With 7.9 million vaccine doses administered general, 4.5 million Virginians have obtained a minimum of one dose, amounting to 53.2% of the full inhabitants and 65.7% of all residents 18 and older.
3.6 million individuals — or 42.5% of the full inhabitants and 53.5% of all adults — have been absolutely vaccinated, which means that a minimum of two weeks have handed since they completed their beneficial shot routine.
Fairfax County has administered 1.1 million vaccine doses. 638,091 residents — 55.6% of the full inhabitants — have gotten a minimum of one dose, and 501,845 residents — or 43.7% of the inhabitants — have been absolutely vaccinated, although in contrast to with VDH’s statewide information, these numbers nonetheless don’t embody doses delivered by the federal authorities.
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