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Some Virginia Health Districts Start Phase 2 Of Vaccinations

VIRGINIA — Some health districts in Virginia have made all residents 16 and up eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine a few weeks before all areas are expected to open eligibility.

Phase 2, which includes all Virginians 16 and up, has started in the following health districts: Lord Fairfax, Rappahannock Rapidan, Three Rivers, Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southside, Pittsylvania-Danville, West Piedmont, and Central Virginia.

As of Sunday, 12 health districts remain in phase 1b, including Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Arlington and Alexandria. Phase 1b covers people 65 and older, people with underlying health conditions, and certain essential workers. There are 11 health districts in phase 1c, which includes additional essential worker groups.

As stated by Gov. Ralph Northam last week, all areas of Virginia should open eligibility to all residents 16 and up by April 18. That’s ahead of the original May 1 goal for expanding eligibility set by President Joe Biden.

Virginians should continue to use vaccinate.virginia.gov to preregister for the vaccine. The Fairfax Health District (Fairfax County, cities of Falls Church and Fairfax) continues to use its own vaccine registration form and expects to open registrations to phase 1c this week.

As of Sunday, 2,769,690 people have at least one vaccine dose, or 32.4 percent of the population. There are 1,519,021 people fully vaccinated, or 17.8 percent of the population. The state is averaging 75,092 doses administered per day.

COVID-19 data

New daily COVID-19 cases remain relatively stable in the 1,000. On Sunday, 1,267 additional cases were reported, and the seven-day average of daily cases is 1,397. There were 42 new deaths reported, bringing the cumulative total to 10,329 deaths.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, the positive average of PCR tests is 6.4 percent as of March 31. The positive average has seen slight upticks since the latter half of March, but it remains well below the 2021 peak over 17 percent in the early days of January.

On average, 17,467 daily PCR testing encounters were reported statewide on March 31, down from a peak of 35,039 on Jan. 14.

Current hospitalizations total 1,035 as of Sunday. That includes 259 patients in the intensive care units and 130 on ventilators. By comparison, hospitalizations were in the 3000s at a peak on some days in January.

Ventilator use among all hospital patients is at 28 percent, and ICU occupancy is at 73 percent, according to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.

Here are the latest coronavirus data updates for our coverage area from Saturday to Sunday:

  • Alexandria: 11,046 cases, 534 hospitalizations, 128 deaths; increase of 26 cases
  • Arlington County: 14,412 cases, 808 hospitalizations, 246 deaths; increase of 52 cases
  • Fairfax County: 72,127 cases, 3,751 hospitalizations, 1,041 deaths; increase of 156 cases, 11 hospitalizations and one death
  • Fairfax City: 526 cases, 42 hospitalizations, 18 deaths; increase of one case
  • Falls Church: 395 cases, 20 hospitalizations, nine deaths; no changes
  • Loudoun County: 25,572 cases, 956 hospitalizations, 271 deaths; increase of 55 cases, one hospitalization and one death
  • Manassas: 4,189 cases, 166 hospitalizations, 45 deaths; increase of seven cases
  • Manassas Park: 1,172 cases, 67 hospitalizations, 12 deaths; increase of one case
  • Prince William County: 42,394 cases, 1,516 hospitalizations, 470 deaths; increase of 90 cases, one hospitalization and two deaths
  • Fredericksburg: 1,903 cases, 96 hospitalizations, 22 deaths; increase of five cases
  • Spotsylvania County: 8,950 cases, 291 hospitalizations, 109 deaths; increase of 28 cases and one death
  • Stafford County: 10,284 cases, 337 hospitalizations, 70 deaths; increase of 20 cases, one hospitalization and one death

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