PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — After a small dip in total COVID hospitalizations, Virginia’s now on the verge of breaking the 4,000 patient threshold as it also reports record ICU and ventilator numbers.

Statewide metrics

  • New cases: +10,842 (1,407,403 total), 15,998 on average (highest levels of pandemic)
  • Deaths: +8 (15,822 total), has been down (15 per day on average now) but VDH says there’s a reporting delay this month as it applies new federal guidelines for COVID-19 associated deaths
  • Current hospitalizations: +136 patients (3,948 total currently and 3,871 7-day average, record average) ICU numbers at record high levels (676 patients), ventilator usage at record levels (377 patients)
  • (1,876 total beds still available statewide, 381 for ICU (adult and pediatric), just 160 adult ICU beds
  • Test positivity: 32.7%, at record levels, up from 5-6% in November
  • Vaccine doses administered: 14,487,389
  • Percent of population with at least one dose: 78.6% (6,707,819)
  • Percent of adults (18+) with at least one dose: 89.8%
  • Percent of population fully vaccinated: 68.4% (5,840,233)
  • Percent of adults fully vaccinated: 78.6%
  • People vaccinated with booster/third dose: 2,337,201

Some small good news is that is appears that case levels appear to have hit a plateau. Case numbers are typically lower in the beginning of the week, but numbers reported the last two days are more than 5,000 cases lower than 15,000-17,000 cases Virginia’s been reporting.

Deaths are down to about 15 per day, though the Virginia Department of Health says there will be reporting lag this month as it applies new federal guidelines for COVID-19 associated deaths. Deaths are up nationwide to nearly 2,000 per day, up 54% from two weeks ago.

The vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among unvaccinated people.

Local cases

  • Accomack: 6,049 cases, 369 hospitalized, 85 deaths (+59 cases, +9 cases)
  • Chesapeake: 43,443 cases, 1,530 hospitalized, 383 deaths (+409 cases, +4 hospitalized)
  • Franklin: 2,185 cases, 84 hospitalized, 43 deaths (+27 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • Gloucester: 6,063 cases, 96 hospitalized, 83 deaths (+502 cases)
  • Hampton: 23,926 cases, 963 hospitalized, 258 deaths (+247 cases +10 hospitalized)
  • Isle of Wight: 6,312 cases, 296 hospitalized, 92 deaths (+55 cases, +3 hospitalized)
  • James City County: 12,165 cases, 334 hospitalized, 100 deaths (+167 cases, -2 hospitalized)
  • Mathews: 1235 cases, 31 hospitalized, 24 deaths (+16 cases)
  • Newport News: 31,621 cases, 988 hospitalized, 320 deaths (+288 cases, -16 hospitalized)
  • Norfolk: 36,574 cases, 1,973 hospitalized, 371 deaths (+258 cases, -1 hospitalized)
  • Northampton: 1,748 cases, 120 hospitalized, 51 deaths (+26 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • Poquoson: 2,009 cases, 43 hospitalized, 24 deaths (+38 cases, -1 hospitalized)
  • Portsmouth: 18,517 cases, 1084 hospitalized, 256 deaths (+119 cases)
  • Southampton: 2,929 cases, 102 hospitalized, 75 deaths (+24 cases, +2 hospitalized)
  • Suffolk: 16,187 cases, 923 hospitalized, 256 deaths (+162 cases, +4 hospitalized)
  • Virginia Beach: 77,793 cases, 3,517 hospitalized, 621 deaths (+569 cases, +26 hospitalized)
  • Williamsburg: 1,465 cases, 67 hospitalized, 13 deaths (+12 cases, +3 hospitalized )
  • York: 8,332 cases, 174 hospitalized, 87 deaths (+92 cases, -3 hospitalized)