Covid cases trending down in Fairfax County to start August | FFXnow

Covid cases trending down in Fairfax County to start August | FFXnow

Fairfax Health District COVID-19 cases over the past 26 weeks, as of August 1, 2022 (via VDH)

After holding steady in early summer, COVID-19 cases have trended more dramatically since mid-July in the Fairfax Health District, which includes Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

The 231 new cases reported today (Monday) are the fewest to arrive in a single day as only 169 cases were added on May 2, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health.

More tellingly, the district’s seven-day average fell from 455.3 cases on July 14 to 354.4 cases today. The last time the weekly average was in the mid-300s was in early May, when cases spiked with the arrival of new omicron subvariants.

Even with the overall drop in cases, hospitalizations have been on an upward trajectory since the spring.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which continues to rank Fairfax County community level as “average,” about 90 county residents were admitted to a hospital with confirmed COVID-19 from July 20-27 — a 26.6% increase from the previous seven days.

These people occupy 5.2% of staffed hospital beds and 3.6% of beds in intensive care units.

Moreover, approximately one in five PCR tests is still comes back positive for Covid, the Fairfax Health District reported a 20.3% positivity rate, Thursday, July 28. After plummeting in June, testing encounters in the district plateaued in July, hovering between 1,400 and 1,650 tests on average.

All Fairfax Health District COVID-19 cases, as of August 1, 2022 (via VDH)

Overall, the neighborhood has recorded 227,999 Covid cases, 4,792 hospitalizations and 1,565 deaths during the pandemic.

Vaccinations have increased gradually but steadily since late March, according to the Fairfax County Health Department. dashboardwhich shows that 1,004,414 people in the district – or 84.9% – have now received at least one dose.

Including:

  • 92.8% of people aged 18 and over
  • 99.1% of 16-17 year olds
  • 95.3% of 12-15 year olds
  • 61.6% of 5-11 year olds
  • 11% of children aged 6 months to 4 years

The district has 913,243 inhabitants now fully vaccinated, or 77.2% of the population, of which 85.2% are adults.

Fairfax Health District COVID-19 vaccine recall rate, as of August 1, 2022 (via Fairfax County Health Department)

The highest percentage of recalls was observed among residents aged 65 to 84, of whom more than 70% received the additional doses. All age groups under 55 are still below 50%.

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