After dropping earlier this summer, Fairfax County’s COVID-19 caseload has essentially leveled off over the past month.
With 297 new cases reported today (Monday), the Fairfax Health District is averaging 412 cases per day for the past week, thanks in part to a deluge of 641 cases on Friday (July 8), according to data from the Virginia Department of Health.
The weekly average for the district, which includes the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church, has hovered around the low 400s throughout July so far, except for a two-day dip below the 400-mark coming out of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
That remains below this spring’s peak average of 601 cases on May 25 but well above the 2022 low point of 77 cases on March 22, which came before a series of new omicron subvariants sent cases surging.
Speaking of omicron subvariants, another mutation of the disease has been making the rounds in the U.S. Dubbed BA.5, the new variant became the country’s dominant Covid strain last week and could be most transmissible one yet, proving more adept at evading immunity from previous infections, according to The New York Times.
VDH hasn’t listed BA.5 as a variant of concern yet, so it’s unclear how prevalent the subvariant is in Virginia.
However, testing positivity rates have soared since mid-June. As of last Thursday (July 7), the Fairfax Health District has seen 21.1% of tests come back positive for COVID-19 — the highest rate since Jan. 21 — compared to 16.3% on June 18.
Even that may be an underestimation, since positive results from at-home testing aren’t reported, suggesting the official data doesn’t fully reflect the disease’s actual presence in the community.
Fairfax County’s COVID-19 community level is still medium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The county is seeing 231.63 cases and 5.4 hospital admissions per 100,000 residents, with an estimated 62 new patients in the seven days leading up to July 7.
In total, there have been 219,731 cases of COVID-19, 4,699 hospitalizations, and 1,546 deaths among Fairfax Health District residents during the pandemic.
According to Fairfax County Health Department data, 998,810 district residents, or 84.4%, have gotten at least one Covid vaccine dose, including:
- 93% of people 18 and older
- 99.2% of 16-17 year olds
- 95.2% of 12-15 year olds
- 61.3% of 5-11 year olds
Data for the number of kids under 5 who have received a dose since they became available to that age group last month isn’t available online, though an FCHD spokesperson told FFXnow on June 27 that the department is planning to post data “in the weeks ahead.”
Right now, 910,412 district residents — 76.9% of the population — are fully vaccinated, including 85% of adults.
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Camps are just the beginning of what’s in store at Art House 7 this summer. We’re thrilled to offer an array of exciting classes for both kids and adults!Rediscover your creativity with some of our AH7 favorites, such as drawing, hand-sewing, modern embroidery, and our popular 3-week Jump into Crochet classes. But that’s not all! We’ve added some fresh and exciting options to our summer class selection, guaranteed to spark your imagination.
To enhance your artistic journey, we have intensified some of our Ceramics: The Wheel classes to a full 3-hour duration. This extended time allows for more creativity and skill development in each class session. If you’re eager for a captivating twist, give Contemporary Still-Life Drawing & Painting a go. Or why not try an immersive outdoor painting adventure? We have a unique opportunity for you to bring your painting skills to life while learning and creating in the great outdoors with our Landscape Painting: Studio and Plein Air class!
We invite you to visit our website and explore our full Summer Session schedule, brimming with a diverse range of classes and camps. Classes and camps begin June 20th. Unleash your inner artist, broaden your horizons, and embark on a summer adventure like no other. Let’s make this a summer to remember at Art House 7!
Potomac Harmony Chorus has a new director! We’re ready
to kick off the season with new music, a new approach, and YOU!
Potomac Harmony is one of 500 choruses in Sweet
Adelines International. We’re a vibrant,
contemporary, inclusive, welcoming, and open community of women singers who
perform four-part harmony, barbershop style, committed to a high level of
achievement through teaching, mentoring, personal growth, and performance. Our vision is to entertain, educate, and
enrich lives through musical expression while promoting the barbershop art
Potomac Harmony recently had our first performance
with our new director, receiving rave reviews! We invite you to stop by any Wednesday
evening and be part of the fun and harmony!
Army Birthday Festival – Free and Fun
Make Saturday, June 10, 2023 a great day!
Come celebrate the Army Birthday Festival at the National Museum of the U.S. Army from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Rain or Shine!
• Experience outdoor and indoor fun activities, for all
Unveiling of West Ford historical highway marker
Gum Springs will be celebrating 190 years of its founding by freedman West Ford on Saturday, June 17, 2023. To kick-off the celebration, there will be an unveiling of a Virginia historical highway marker for West Ford on Fordson Road