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Arlington well being chief: 'There's nonetheless a whole lot of COVID on the market' – Inside NoVA

The pandemic continues to roll by way of Arlington’s inhabitants, however at the least for the second, the times when it held the potential to overtax public-health services appear to be within the rear-view mirror.

“There’s nonetheless a whole lot of COVID on the market, however happily we’ve extra instruments at our disposal to each forestall and deal with,” Dr. Reuben Varghese, the county authorities’s public-health director, stated in a Sept. 20 replace to County Board members.

For the previous 4 weeks, Arlington had been within the “Low” menace class as outlined by the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, which appears primarily at a neighborhood’s capability to resist a surge in circumstances that may probably overwhelm remedy services.

“We’re doing fairly effectively” in that regard, Varghese stated, whereas additionally stating that by the CDC’s previous commonplace (stage of neighborhood transmission), Arlington would nonetheless be ranked within the “Excessive” class.

By Sept. 10, Arlington had recorded almost 33,500 confirmed circumstances of COVID for the 12 months, principally firstly of the 12 months however nonetheless almost double the 17,400 circumstances recorded in all of 2021. However most of these circumstances had been much less extreme, owing to evolving variants which have proven the propensity to maneuver simply from individual to individual whereas not inflicting the carnage that was seen earlier within the pandemic.

County well being officers report 55 deaths thus far in 2022 owing to COVID, however the loss of life figures stay the topic of controversy as it’s nearly not possible to distinguish between those that died instantly of COVID and people who died of one thing else however could have had COVID of their system on the time. (There have been 102 COVID-related deaths in Arlington in 2021 and 181 – from a a lot decrease stage of reported circumstances – in 2020.)

The 33,498 circumstances reported to this point in 2022 most likely considerably undercount the precise quantity of people that had been troubled with the virus, some on a number of events, since a lot testing is now being achieved at residence, whether it is being achieved in any respect, and isn’t essentially being reported to well being officers.

“We’re, after all, not capturing the entire circumstances,” Varghese stated.

By way of vaccination charges, Arlington officers report that 85.5 % of eligible county residents have had at the least one COVID vaccination and 77.4 % have had at the least two. About 35,000 eligible county residents have opted to not get vaccinated, in accordance with county information.

Amongst adults, the bottom price of vaccination amongst eligible people is discovered within the 25-to-35 and 85-and-older teams. Vaccination charges of youngsters 5 to 11 years previous are also working beneath the general common, as effectively.

Whereas Varghese doesn’t rule out a surge as extra residents spend extra time indoors in coming months, for the second, primarily based on present CDC scoring, all of Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and the District of Columbia is within the “Inexperienced” – lowest – stage of menace.

“Let’s hope that [continues] for so long as potential,” Varghese stated.

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