COVID-19 metrics improving in Arlington, but still a long way to go

Coronavirus case numbers are improving in Arlington, but the county still has a long way to go.

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Health officials recorded about 500 new cases in the past week – an improvement over the peak of 861 new cases during a January spike – but that’s still far short of mid summer when the county was seeing numbers under 20.

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The slow rollout of the vaccine has been a hindrance – 638 doses have been distributed per day on average - and a rare Northern Virginia snow has presented an additional hurdle.

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However, the vaccine is working – none of the people who’ve been vaccinated in Arlington have become infected since receiving.

The county has recorded 201 deaths since the virus arrived in the region last year.