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Today’s update on Covid-19 statistics in our area:
In our immediate area there are now 2,293 positive case in our Health District, Stafford has 930 cases, Spotsylvania 909, King George 96 and Caroline 126. Here in Fredericksburg the cases have increased to 232. We have increased 25 cases since the last reporting period. We have 34 deaths reported in the health district. The City of Fredericksburg still does not have a recorded death to a resident from COVID-19.The statistics on COVID-19 cases in Virginia are starting to trend downward off as well as in the health district. The rate of positives to tests is right at 6.5% in the Commonwealth. There are now 20 outbreaks in the Health District. There are 29 positive patients currently in the hospital in our health district as of this morning.
The statistics for the Commonwealth are 555,607 tests conducted for the virus with 58,465 confirmed or probable for COVID-19. We have had 5,869 persons hospitalized at the time of investigation at the state level. Unfortunately, we have had 1,620 Virginians die as a result of the viral infection known as COVID-19.
There were 2,324,956 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and of those 1,481,474 are active cases with 121,766 deaths resulting from total cases.
Overall, the numbers statewide and in certain metrics in the local health district are trending downward which is the correct direction. In the Commonwealth, the number of COVID-19 positive patients in hospitals has been decreasing for some time now along with an increase in those being released from the hospital who had COVID-19. The number of patients in ICUs and on ventilators has also decreased across the state.
In the local health district, the number of persons who are COVID-19 in the area hospitals has also decreased. The use of ventilators in the area has decreased and our positivity rate remains below 7% even with increased testing available. The number of new hospitalizations is also either flat or trending downward. All these are positive signs that the virus, while still among us, is not increasing or creating spikes like in other areas of the United States.
Remember the triad of good hygiene: