Virginia Oct. 20 COVID-19 update: Hospitalizations dip again, White House shares vaccine plan for kids ages 5 to 11

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia’s COVID-19 hospitalizations dipped again by 61 patients on Wednesday, down to 1,325 currently overall.

Though deaths still remain high at 43 reported per day on average (47 were reported Wednesday), cases are now down to about 1,900 reported per day and test positivity is at 6.8% statewide.

Meanwhile kids 5 to 11 years old could get their COVID-19 vaccine at various locations, including possibly their school, under the White House’s new plan released Wednesday.

The process could start as soon as early November.

State metrics

  • New cases
    • +1,822 reported Wednesday, 911,321 since beginning of pandemic
    • 1,906 per day on average, has dropped about 1,600 cases per day on average compared to this time last month
  • Avg. of new cases per 100k of population: 22.4
  • New deaths
    • +47 reported Wednesday, 13,585 since start of pandemic
    • 43 per day on average, up significantly on average from earlier this summer, trend has plateaued overall recently
  • Current hospitalizations (-61 patients, 1,325 total currently) 
    • 1,418 7-day average, trending down
  • Test positivity: 6.8% (8.7% in Hampton Roads)

Local cases

  • Accomack: 4,022 cases, 309 hospitalized, 74 deaths (+7 cases)
  • Chesapeake: 28,435 cases, 1,283 hospitalized, 353 deaths (+52 cases, +3 hospitalized, +1 death)
  • Franklin: 1,603 cases, 75 hospitalized, 42 deaths (+1 case)
  • Gloucester: 3,811 cases, 91 hospitalized, 75 deaths (+2 cases, +1 death)
  • Hampton: 14,862 cases, 684 hospitalized, 237 deaths (+25 cases, +1 death)
  • Isle of Wight: 4,395 cases, 220 hospitalized, 85 deaths (+6 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • James City County: 6,929 cases, 243 hospitalized, 93 deaths (+2 cases)
  • Mathews: 879 cases, 29 hospitalized, 21 deaths (no change)
  • Newport News: 20,338 cases, 773 hospitalized, 291 deaths (+28 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • Norfolk: 24,146 cases, 1,498 hospitalized, 333 deaths (+37 cases, +3 hospitalized, +2 deaths)
  • Northampton: 1,147 cases, 103 hospitalized, 42 deaths (no change)
  • Poquoson: 1,318 cases, 33 hospitalized, 19 deaths (+3 cases)
  • Portsmouth: 12,490 cases, 884 hospitalized, 237 deaths (+30 cases, +1 hospitalized, +1 death)
  • Southampton: 2,377 cases, 83 hospitalized, 63 deaths (8 cases)
  • Suffolk: 10,793 cases, 680 hospitalized, 229 deaths (+21 cases, +1 hospitalized, +3 deaths)
  • Virginia Beach: 49,241 cases, 2,572 hospitalized, 537 deaths (+36 cases, +13 hospitalized, +9 deaths)
  • Williamsburg: 1,135 cases, 43 hospitalized, 14 deaths (+1 case)
  • York: 5,395 cases, 123 hospitalized, 74 deaths (+14 cases, +1 death)

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