Another 26 coronavirus cases were reported overnight in Arlington, bringing the total known cases in the county to 280.

That’s the third-highest rise in total cases, with the two steeper increases both occurring within the past five days. The overall case count is more than double that of seven days ago, when 128 cases were reported.

Thursday’s big headline from the updated Virginia Dept. of Health data, however, is sadly a jump in the number of deaths reported. Statewide, there are now 4,042 known cases, 685 hospitalizations and 109 deaths.

That is a 45% increase over the 75 deaths reported Wednesday.

The state health department says 34 deaths have occurred in Northern Virginia, while 41 were in central Virginia.

In Fairfax County, meanwhile, an additional 120 COVID-19 cases were reported overnight, rising from 570 cases Wednesday to 690 today. Fairfax has about five times the population of Arlington.


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