June 23, 2022

Virginia January 19 COVID-19 Update: Record Ventilator Use and Few ICU Beds Statewide, But Virus Levels Drop

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia’s COVID hospitalizations remain around record highs, with a record 385 on ventilators, but virus levels appear to be dropping somewhat.

The number of cases and the percentage of positive tests are still near record highs that are significantly higher than previous peaks, but both have fallen over the past week.

Reported cases per day are around 4,000 down from the record high recorded last week. Test positivity fell to 32% from a peak of 36% on January 7. It is over 40% in Hampton Roads.

However, hospital capacity has been stretched, with only 137 adult intensive care beds available statewide. This low capacity means some patients may see delayed care / may have to travel further to get care.

Here’s what the director of an overwhelmed Rhode Island hospital emergency room told the Washington Post.

The overwhelming number of patients with severe COVID symptoms continue not to be vaccinated.

Statewide Metrics

  • New cases: +12,480 (1,419,883 in total), 14,947 on average (highest levels of pandemic)
  • Death: +13 (15,835 in total), has been down (12 per day on average now) but VDH says there is a reporting delay this month as it implements new federal guidelines for deaths associated with COVID-19
  • Current hospitalizations: -6 patients (currently 3,942 in total and 3,875 on average over 7 days, record average) Intensive care numbers down slightly (655) from yesterday’s record high (676 patients), ventilator use at a new all-time high (385 patients)
  • (1,804 total beds still available statewide, 358 for intensive care (adult and pediatric), only 137 adult intensive care beds
  • Test for positivity: 32%, fell from record 36% on January 7, was 5-6% in November
  • Vaccine doses administered: 14,501,193
  • Percentage of population that received at least one dose: 78.6% (6,711,259)
  • Percentage of adults (18 years and older) who received at least one dose: 89.8%
  • Percentage of population fully immunized: 68.5% (5,842,725)
  • Percentage of fully immunized adults: 78.6%
  • Persons vaccinated by booster/third dose: 2,345,192

Local cases

  • Accomack: 6,095 cases, 372 hospitalized, 86 deaths (+46 cases, +3 hospitalized, +1 death)
  • Chesapeake: 43,825 cases, 1,537 hospitalized, 383 deaths (+382 cases, +7 hospitalized)
  • Franklin: 2,205 cases, 86 hospitalized, 43 deaths (+20 cases, +2 hospitalized)
  • Gloucester: 6,151 cases, 97 hospitalized, 84 deaths (+88 cases, +1 hospitalized, +1 death)
  • Hampton: 24,149 cases, 968 hospitalized, 258 deaths (+223 cases +5 hospitalized)
  • Isle of Wight: 6,386 cases, 294 hospitalized, 92 deaths (+74 cases, -2 hospitalized)
  • James City County: 12,298 cases, 335 hospitalized, 100 deaths (+133 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • Mathews: 1,254 cases, 31 hospitalized, 24 deaths (+19 cases)
  • Newport News: 31,915 cases, 986 hospitalized, 320 deaths (+294 cases, -2 hospitalized)
  • Norfolk: 36,938 cases, 1,985 hospitalized, 371 deaths (+364 cases, +12 hospitalized)
  • Northampton: 1,767 cases, 120 hospitalized, 51 deaths (+19 cases)
  • Poquoson: 2,027 cases, 45 hospitalized, 24 deaths (+18 cases, +2 hospitalized)
  • Portsmouth: 18,674 cases, 1089 hospitalized, 256 deaths (+157 cases, +5 hospitalized)
  • Southampton: 2,944 cases, 101 hospitalized, 75 deaths (+15 cases, -1 hospitalized)
  • Suffolk: 16,438 cases, 932 hospitalized, 256 deaths (+251 cases, +9 hospitalized)
  • Virginia Beach: 78,507 cases, 3,555 hospitalized, 621 deaths (+714 cases, +38 hospitalized)
  • Williamsburg: 1,476 cases, 68 hospitalized, 13 deaths (+11 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • York: 8,398 cases, 172 hospitalized, 87 deaths (+66 cases, -2 hospitalized)

Local test positivity: 40.45% on average, has come down

  • Chesapeake – 43.4%
  • East Coast – 43.6%
  • Hampton – 41.2%
  • Norfolk – 41.9%
  • Peninsula – 36.6%
  • Portsmouth – 40.6%
  • Virginia Beach- 42.4%
  • West Tide – 33.9%


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