COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Loudoun County have reached record levels amid a national spike in the number of cases.
As of Saturday, the Virginia Department of Health is reporting that the seven-day moving average of coronavirus patients in Loudoun hospitals had reached 47. The previous record was 41, set May 31 just before cases started to decline following the initial spring spike.
Hospitalizations have been increasing sharply since Dec. 28, when there was an average of 37 COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment in hospitals. That reflects warnings by public health leaders that the number of cases would increase significantly after the Christmas holiday. They also warn of a further spike in the weeks ahead following New Year’s weekend travel and celebrations.
On New Year’s Day, Loudoun reported 183 new cases, and the seven-day average was 153 new cases every day.
The seven-day average positivity rate of virus tests continued to be above 15 percent over the weekend. All through December, the positivity rate remained above 11 percent.
The high caseload prompted Loudoun County Public Schools to suspend in-person classes in mid-December. The School Board tonight is scheduled to be briefed on procedures that will be used to decide when to resume hybrid learning for elementary level students. Also part of that debate will be whether to continue with plans to expand the offering of two-days of in-person learning to middle and high school students who selected that option when the second semester begins Jan. 21.