The rate of new coronavirus cases in Arlington has reached the lowest point since October.
A total of 167 cases have been reported over the past week. That follows about two months of the case total fluctuating between about 200-300 new cases per week.
It has been a week since the last reported Covid-related hospitalization, and two weeks since the last reported Covid death.
Since the start of the pandemic, 5.5% of people infected with COVID-19 in Arlington — 14,846 cases as of today — have been hospitalized, while 1.7% of cases have resulted in a fatality.
The drop in cases comes as vaccinations in Arlington continue to speed up. The trailing seven-day average of daily vaccine doses administered rose above 3,000 for the first time today. About 1,650 people are being reported as fully vaccinated each day, according to ARLnow’s analysis of Virginia Dept. of Health data.
As of this morning, about 48% of the county’s adult population has received at least one vaccine dose. About 27% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.
On Sunday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced that all state residents ages 16 and older are now eligible to make a vaccination appointment. At 10 a.m. this morning, cell phones across the Commonwealth will buzz with a message encouraging those who haven’t yet been vaccinated to make an appointment.
Starting today, ALL Virginians 16 and older are eligible for the #COVID19 vaccine.
— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) April 18, 2021
On Monday, April 19, around 10 a.m., #Virginia will be issuing a Wireless Emergency Alert System message alerting everyone 16+ that they are now eligible to register for a #COVID19 vaccine under phase 2. More information: https://t.co/aO4qAwINVl #VaccinateVA pic.twitter.com/AyWlHSxpeA
— Virginia Department of Emergency Management (@VDEM) April 18, 2021