The average rate of new coronavirus cases in Arlington is the highest it’s been in nearly five months.
Overnight 39 new cases were reported in the county, bringing the seven-day trailing total to 198. The last time the number was that high was June 2, as the county’s spring epidemic was petering out. The seven-day peak was 316 cases on May 3.
The cumulative total of cases in the county now stands at 4,686, according to the Virginia Dept. of Health.
Arlington’s test positivity rate is now 3.8%, up from 3.2% on Oct. 1, despite the number of PCR-based testing encounters increasing over the month of October. There were an average of 482 daily testing encounters on Oct. 1, compared to about 550 now.
Hospitalizations and deaths have continued to stay relatively low in Arlington. Four COVID-related deaths have been reported in October, compared to 10 in September. The current seven-day total of new reported hospitalizations stands at 10, down from 16 two days ago.
The rate of new cases statewide, meanwhile, has been increasing. The current seven-day trailing average of new daily cases in Virginia is 1,194, just four shy from the previous peak in August and one shy from the spring peak in May.
According to the Washington Post’s pandemic tracker, new cases, hospitalizations and deaths nationwide have risen 21.3%, 12.8% and 2.2%, respectively, over the past week.
"If you have rising infections against a rising positivity rate that's a really worrisome sign. That's an indication you have an accelerating epidemic in your state," says @ScottGottliebMD. pic.twitter.com/fRsXimcA1E
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) October 30, 2020