For the fifth day in a row, Arlington has hit a brand new excessive level for coronavirus infections.
The Virginia Dept. of Well being reported 59 new COVID-19 instances within the county in a single day, bringing the seven-day trailing whole to 412, or a median of 59 instances per day. That’s 10 occasions the extent of an infection on the finish of June, at an area lull within the pandemic.
Arlington’s seven-day check positivity price, in the meantime, has risen to 7.5%, above the statewide price of seven.0%.
No new deaths nor hospitalizations had been reported immediately, nonetheless, bringing Arlington’s seven-day hospitalization price all the way down to eight, from 16 two days in the past.
The county’s comparatively low degree of hospitalizations in comparison with new instances could be not less than partially defined by demographics: almost two-thirds of latest infections over the previous two weeks have been amongst these underneath the age of 40. Youthful persons are typically much less susceptible to the worst virus issues.
The cumulative variety of instances, hospitalizations and deaths in Arlington is now 5,603, 566 and 156, respectively, in line with VDH. On the present price of an infection, Arlington would attain 10,000 instances in early February.
With virus instances surging in Arlington, in Virginia, in neighboring Maryland, and nationwide, officers are asking folks to contemplate cancelling Thanksgiving journey and to rethink vacation gatherings.
“Individuals ought to keep away from journey for Thanksgiving, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention really helpful Thursday,” NBC News reported yesterday. “It was a last-minute try by the nation’s main public well being company to curb what’s positive to be one more harmful spike in Covid-19 instances if households collect subsequent week.”
On Wednesday, Arlington County offered a number of tips for safer Thanksgiving gatherings.
We will all make it a safer vacation season by persevering with to apply the general public well being steering we all know slows the unfold: put on a masks; keep not less than 6 toes away from others who don’t stay with you; and wash your palms.
The most secure method to rejoice Thanksgiving this 12 months is to rejoice with folks in your family. For those who do plan to spend Thanksgiving with folks outdoors your family, Arlington County is encouraging everybody to take steps to make your celebration safer by following the options and pointers issued by the Middle for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC).
For those who should attend a gathering, CDC recommends deliver your personal meals, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils. Put on a masks, and safely retailer your masks whereas consuming and ingesting. Keep away from going out and in of the areas the place meals is being ready or dealt with, corresponding to within the kitchen. Use single-use choices, like salad dressing and condiment packets. Carry provides to remain wholesome together with additional masks, hand sanitizer that accommodates not less than 60% alcohol and tissues.
For those who should have company to your house, CDC suggests you take into account a small outside meal with household and pals and restrict the variety of company. Have conversations with company forward of time to set expectations for celebrating collectively. If celebrating indoors, make sure that to open home windows. Have company deliver their very own foods and drinks. If sharing meals, have one particular person serve meals and use single-use choices, like plastic utensils. Present provides to maintain everybody wholesome together with additional masks, hand sanitizer that accommodates not less than 60% alcohol and tissues. Inventory bogs with sufficient hand cleaning soap and single use towels.
Anybody who has been identified with COVID-19, is ready for COVID-19 check outcomes, or has been uncovered to somebody with COVID-19 previously 14 days ought to keep residence.