COVID-19 Update: More Tests, More Infections

Latest data from the Virginia Department of Health: 135 new confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday, bringing the total to 739. Another 16 hospitalizations, bringing the total to 99. And another three fatalities, bringing the total to 17.

Testing is ramping up in a major way — 1,929 tests yesterday, more than double the number from two days previously. A total of 9,166 tests have been administered in Virginia so far.

The VDH has begun publishing more detailed information. Of particular interest is this graph which shows the number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia by the day the illness began.

Then there’s this from the incomparable Cranky (known to lesser mortals as John Butcher):

What’s the message here? That COVID-19 confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all increasing at a similar exponential rate. We’re not talking about one variable randomly plucked from a cluster of variables. We’re talking about all three metrics.

— JAB

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2 responses to “COVID-19 Update: More Tests, More Infections

  1. Good to see more testing but for perspective – the City of Philadelphia has run 5,500+ tests in the city vs Virginia’s 1,929 statewide. Every zip code in Philly now has positive cases with a total of 803. Since yesterday Philadelphia has moved from 1 case per 2,486 residents to 1 case per 1,868 residents.

    Fairfax County has recorded 187 cases or 1 case per 6,150 residents.

    While “only” recording 12 cases Charlottesville is relatively hard hit with 1 case for every 4,009 residents.

    James City County seems to have the highest per-capita case rate at just under 1 case per 1,000 residents.

    Henrico County trails NoVa jurisdiction with a case rate of 1 per 8,225.

    Trump floated the idea of quarantining parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. His idea faced stiff resistance from local leaders and the quarantine has been downgraded to a “strong travel advisory”. Meanwhile, Rhode Island is stopping cars with New York license plates and going door-to-door to vacation homes owned by New Yorkers advising the people in those homes that they must observe a mandatory 14 day isolation period.

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