Virginia July 3 COVID-19 update: Hampton Roads records another day of 100-plus cases, Norfolk reaches 1K cumulative cases


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton Roads saw its sixth day of 100-plus new reported COVID-19 cases in eight days on Friday, as its 7-day average of new cases has nearly doubled compared to two weeks ago.

The new numbers locally are among 658 new cases reported statewide on Friday by the Virginia Department of Health, more than 100 cases above Virginia’s 7-day average, but keeping with recent trends. Virginia’s 7-day average has gone up slightly recently, which also coincides with increased cases in Hampton Roads.

Statewide numbers:

  • New cases: (+ 658, 64,393 total) — 100-plus cases above 7-day average, which has been around 500 for more than two weeks
  • New deaths (+29, 1, 845 total) — Daily reported deaths have gone up significantly in the past two weeks after falling to as low as 9 per day, but “deaths by day of death,” which shows the actual day a COVID-19 patient died, continues to decline
  • Hospitalizations (-70, 818 total) — Tied for second lowest patient count so far, 7-day average around 900 for past two weeks, 700-plus below peak, 8,711 patients discharged
  • Testing (percent of positive tests has remained around 6% for about two weeks), +14,097 tests, 685,657 overall — average of tests back above 10,000 per day.

These new cases do not include people who may have contracted the virus during phase 3, which just started on Wednesday. With a 5-day average before symptoms occur, and lags in getting tested/getting test results, cases being reported Friday involve people who contracted the virus at least one week ago.

Related: VDH expert explains COVID-19 data reporting

Related: Virginia is in phase 3, here’s what that means

VDH’s chart of the Eastern District, which includes Hampton Roads, shows the cases by date of symptom onset. There are high numbers for June 22-24, and June 15-18, but those people likely caught the virus about 5 days before they displayed symptoms, and could have waited a few days to get tested.

VDH’s graph shows cases started to increase after June 5, the start of phase 2 in Virginia

We won’t likely see the true effects of phase 3 on Hampton Roads and Virginia’s overall numbers until about two weeks from now.

The three big Southside cities (Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake) are seeing double digit case numbers, with Norfolk reaching 1,000 cumulative cases Friday. Many of the new cases involve people under the age of 40.

Related: Positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise among young adults in Hampton Roads

Cases are also up on the Peninsula, with Hampton’s percent of positive tests going up.

Here’s the chart for Hampton Roads, courtesy of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.

Here’s the latest count for Hampton Roads and the whole Tidewater region (numbers are cumulative)

Accomack: 1,042 cases, 72 hospitalized, 14 deaths
Chesapeake: 972 cases, 143 hospitalized, 21 deaths​ (+13 cases, +3 hospitalized)
Franklin: 52 cases, 4 hospitalized, 2 death​s (+1 case)
Gloucester: 49 cases, 9 hospitalized, 1 death​
Hampton: 354 cases, 41 hospitalized, 5 deaths​ (+15 cases)
Isle of Wight: 186 cases, 16 hospitalized, 9 deaths​ (+5 cases, +1 death)
James City County: 270 cases, 58 hospitalized, 15 deaths​ (+2 cases)
Mathews: 6 cases, 2 hospitalized, 0 deaths​
Newport News: 549 cases, 45 hospitalized, 10 deaths​ (+8 cases)
Norfolk: 1,000 cases, 111 hospitalized, 11 deaths​ (+13 cases, +3 hospitalized)
Northampton: 271 cases 41 hospitalized, 28 deaths​ (+1 hospitalized)
Poquoson: 19 cases, 2 hospitalized, 0 death​s
Portsmouth: 526 cases, 73 hospitalized, 18 deaths​ (+13 cases, +2 hospitalized)
Southampton: 162 cases, 8 hospitalized, 7 deaths​ (+2 cases, +1 death)
Suffolk: 441 cases, 60 hospitalized, 37 deaths​ (+16 cases, +1 death)
Virginia Beach: 1,254 cases, 121 hospitalized, 30 deaths​ (+29 cases)
Williamsburg: 61 cases, 12 hospitalized, 6 deaths​
York: 120 cases, 10 hospitalized, 3 deaths​ (+4 cases)

Key local metrics

  • 121 new cases (7-day average at 115 per day, roughly double the average of cases two weeks ago)
  • 3 new deaths
  • 9 new hospitalizations

Local 7-day positivity rates (percent of positive tests)

  • Chesapeake – 6.5%, rising slightly
  • Eastern Shore – 7.2%, well below peak of 56% and staying low, 56 of 1,370 tests reported June 30 were positive (3.7%)
  • Hampton – 5.4%, up from low of 2.7% on June 17 despite increase in testing
  • Norfolk – 9.8%, highest since late May after dropping to down to 4.8% on June 20
  • Peninsula – 3.5%, still trending down
  • Portsmouth – 10.4%, highest since late May
  • Virginia Beach – 4%, highest since early May, though the percentage has been between about 2% and 4% the last two months
  • Western Tidewater – 4.1%, percentage around 4% since late May

Statewide outbreak data

Virginia continues to see high numbers of deaths in its long-term care facilities (nursing homes and assisted living), with 28 of the 29 new deaths reported Friday coming in these facilities. Long-term care accounts for 61% of Virginia’s 1,845 total deaths.

  • Long-term care – 1,127 (+28)
  • Congregate – 30 (-1)
  • Correctional – 10
  • Health care – 10 (+1)
  • Educational – 0

Virginia is now reporting the current outbreaks at long-term care facilities. To view them, click here and scroll down.

This article will be updated. For more information from the Virginia Department of Health, click here.

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