Spring COVID-19 surge continues in Fairfax County, as U.S. death toll hits 1 million

The flags at the Fairfax County Government Center flags are at half mast in honor of the 1 million Americans killed by COVID-19 so far (via Fairfax County Government/Twitter

The Fairfax Health District could potentially reach 200,000 COVID-19 cases by the end of May, if the ongoing surge in transmission continues at its current rate.

The district, which includes Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, reported another 408 cases today (Monday), bumping its total for the pandemic up to 193,824 cases.

After seeing a single-day high of 630 cases for this spring on Friday (May 13), the district is averaging 530.7 cases a day for the past week — the highest seven-day average since Feb. 4, when it was at 562 cases.

The current testing positivity rate of 15.4% is the highest that metric has been since late January, though about 2,000 fewer tests are being conducted each day.

In a more hopeful sign, hospitalizations have dipped slightly after increasing by more than 50% last Monday (May 9). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 49 new COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals last week as of Friday, an 8.5% decline from the previous seven days.

Fairfax County has reported 4.3 new hospital admissions per 100,000 residents over the past seven days, and 2.3% of beds are occupied by Covid patients. Because the county is recording 298 cases per 100,000 residents, its COVID-19 community level has been classified as medium for a second consecutive week.

Fairfax Health District COVID-19 cases over the past 26 weeks, as of May 16, 2022 (via VDH)
All Fairfax Health District COVID-19 cases, as of May 16, 2022 (via VDH)

In total, 4,523 Fairfax Health District residents have been hospitalized with COVID-19, and 1,514 people have died, with the most recent confirmed fatality coming on May 7, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Per the Fairfax County Health Department’s dashboard, 991,353 residents, or 83.8%, have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose at this point, including:

  • 92.5% of people 18 and older
  • 98.6% of 16-17 year olds
  • 94.5% of 12-15 year olds
  • 59.6% of 5-11 year olds

902,264 residents — 76.2% of the population — are fully vaccinated, including 84.4% of adults.

The VDH reports that 504,480 county residents, or 43.8%, have received a booster or third shot, including 53.5% of adults and 34.7% of adolescents aged 12 to 17.

The national COVID-19 death toll reached 1 million people today, with roughly three out of every four deaths involving someone who was 65 or older, according to the Associated Press. Flags across the county and the U.S. were lowered to half-mast over the weekend in recognition of the losses over the past two years.