Virginia Jan. 20 COVID-19 update: 4,515 new cases, 63 deaths; Vaccine doses up to 18K per day on average

Chesapeake

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia reported 4,515 new coronavirus cases, 63 new COVID-19 deaths and 3,098 current COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday.

Statewide numbers

  • New cases: (+4,515455,591 total), trending upat record levels (6,149 per day on average)
  • Case incidence rate: 72.2 per 100K people, trending up, at record levels
  • New deaths (+63, 5,861 total), trending up overall (44 per day on average)
  • Current hospitalizations (-75, 3,098 total), trending up overallat record levels
  • Testing (13.5% 7-day average of positive tests), back down recently, averaging around 34K tests per day
  • Doses administered (+18,663 today, 360,051 total, 18,740 on average)
  • Doses distributed (943,400), no new doses distributed to Virginia this week

Metrics continue to remain at or near record levels overall, with more than 6,000 cases per day on average. That’s in the top 10 nationally for cases per capita, the New York Times coronavirus tracker shows.

Vaccine rollout is still slow despite some of the state moving to phase 1b. However, Virginia is almost near the short-term goal of 25,000 shots per day (currently 18,740). Virginia officials have said they just don’t have enough doses coming in through the federal Operation Warp Speed (none added this week) to open up mass vaccine sites and other ways of administering the vaccine at this time. Joe Biden has pledged to use several different methods to help get vaccines to people, including using the Defense Production Act to increase supply of materials needed for the vaccine.

Many in Virginia’s phase 1a (health care workers and nursing homes) are also still in the process of getting vaccinated.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) announced that hospitals in the Commonwealth have administered more than 234,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses so far with more than 58,400 happening in the past week. Those figures reflect doses administered by hospitals as of Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The vaccine includes both Pfizer and Moderna. According to a statement released by VHHA, Virginia hospitals and health systems continue to “lead the way” in administering the majority of shots so
far.

Last week, VHHA says more than 175,000 vaccine doses were administered by hospitals
during the first four weeks of the program.

“Federal government officials have indicated that the Commonwealth can expect to receive roughly 100,000 vaccine doses per week for the foreseeable future. That allocation amount, which is split among hospitals, pharmacies, local health districts, and other providers, naturally places a limit on the number of vaccine shots that can be delivered on a daily and weekly basis,” according to the Wednesday statement by VHHA.  

Currently, the available vaccine supply is below the demand, and several Virginia hospitals are reporting that they are running low on vaccine doses.

Virginia hospitals and health systems continue to partner with local health districts and other organizations to vaccinate essential workers and other Virginians currently eligible to be vaccinated.

The statement also says that with a steady supply of vaccine doses, Virginia’s hospitals can administer close to 100,000 vaccine doses each week.

Nationally, things are improving somewhat, with some states seeing cases go down slightly. The U.S. is still reporting about 3,000 COVID-19 deaths per day, and surpassed 400,000 total on Tuesday.

Local cases

Tidewater/Hampton Roads as a whole is still seeing cases go up, particularity in Chesapeake and the Peninsula. COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped recently, including by 91 patients today.

  • Accomack: 2,187 cases, 150 hospitalized, 31 deaths (+11 cases)
  • Chesapeake: 13,055 cases, 685 hospitalized, 116 deaths (+373 cases, +12 hospitalized, +1 death)
  • Franklin: 776 cases, 42 hospitalized, 20 deaths (+4 cases, + 1 death)
  • Gloucester: 1,278 cases, 38 hospitalized, 18 deaths (+16 cases, +2 hospitalized, +4 deaths)
  • Hampton: 6,231 cases, 215 hospitalized, 57 deaths (+137 cases)
  • Isle of Wight: 1,931 cases, 91 hospitalized, 35 deaths (+20 cases, + 1 death)
  • James City County: 2,888 cases, 108 hospitalized, 36 deaths (+63 cases, +2 hospitalized)
  • Mathews: 390 cases, 16 hospitalized, 5 deaths (+3 cases, +1 death)
  • Newport News: 8,252 cases, 230 hospitalized, 76 deaths (+151 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • Norfolk: 11,514 cases, 626 hospitalized, 123 deaths (+122 cases)
  • Northampton: 575 cases, 61 hospitalized, 32 deaths (+2 cases)
  • Poquoson: 491 cases, 15 hospitalized, 7 deaths (+2 cases)
  • Portsmouth: 5,954 cases, 488 hospitalized, 95 deaths (+76 cases,+ 14 hospitalized,+ 1 death)
  • Southampton: 1,602 cases, 39 hospitalized, 45 deaths (+7 cases)
  • Suffolk: 5,116 cases, 273 hospitalized, 101 deaths (+86 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • Virginia Beach: 23,367 cases, 948 hospitalized, 184 deaths (+293 cases, +42 hospitalized, +4 deaths)
  • Williamsburg: 411 cases, 23 hospitalized, 8 deaths (-6 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • York: 2,137 cases, 38 hospitalized, 13 deaths (+38 cases)

Key local metrics

  • 1,404 new cases, trending up
  • 13 new deaths, trending up
  • -91 current hospitalizations (721 total), back down slightly
  • Test positivity: 18.4%, trending up overall 

Test positivity (Sunday’s numbers)

  • Chesapeake — 22.9% — trending up overall
  • Eastern Shore — 16.5% — trending back down
  • Hampton — 17.2% —  trending back down
  • Norfolk — 17.7% — trending up overall
  • Peninsula — 17% — trending back down
  • Portsmouth — 21.2% — trending back down
  • Virginia Beach — 17.8% — trending back down
  • Western Tidewater —17.4% — trending back down

Click here to view more coronavirus data from the Virginia Department of Health.

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