Loudoun County's COVID-19-related death toll has surpassed 100 people.
Two more deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths to 101 since the coronavirus pandemic began, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Seventy-two of the deaths have come in victims aged 80 or older; 18 were between the age of 70 and 79; six were between 60 and 69; three were between 50 and 59; and one was between 40 and 49. One victim's age was not reported.
There was more bad news related to the pandemic on Wednesday, with 61 new local cases reported, the second-highest daily count in July. There were 62 new cases reported on July 4.
There have been 4,519 confirmed cases in Loudoun overall, an increase in 237 over the past week.
Loudoun has also topped the 300 hospitalizations mark, reporting 301 as of Wednesday. There have been 12 new hospitalizations reported in the past two days.
As for testing, the county's seven-day average in percent positivity stood at 6.3 percent on July 11 – the last date for which data was available – up only slightly from a low of 6.1 percent a few days earlier.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Tuesday said he’s ramping up enforcement of a mask mandate and social distancing measures at restaurants and stores because he’s concerned about a rising number in cases, particularly among young people, in areas near the state’s beaches.
Northam said the state is doing well overall but he wants to avoid a spike in cases that other southern states, like Texas and Florida, are currently experiencing.
As of Tuesday, Virginia had reported nearly 73,000 cases of the virus and nearly 2,000 deaths.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within weeks. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and even be fatal.
Alan Suderman of The Associated Press contributed to this report.