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1,052 COVID-19 cases reported in TJHD; statewide cases increase by 2,367 throughout the holiday weekend

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 66,102 — an increase of 2,367 from the 63,735 reported last Thursday before the holiday weekend.

The 66,102 cases consist of 63,339 confirmed cases and 2,763 probable cases. There are 1,853 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,747 confirmed and 106 probable. That’s an increase of 37 from the 1,816 reported last Thursday.

Locally, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported 12 new cases today, for a total of 1,052 across the region it covers. On Saturday, the TJHD reported 65 new cases in the region, which put the area over 1,000 cases.

There have been 101 hospitalizations reported within the district as well, with 25 fatalities.

Most of the region’s hospitalizations have been reported in people between the ages of 40-80+ (90.1%), while the majority of the region’s fatalities have been reported in people 80 and older (72.0%).

Over half of the region’s cases have been found in people between the ages of 20-49. 219 of those 572 cases have been diagnosed in people between the ages of 30-39.

Out of all of the TJHD’s localities, Albemarle County has the highest case count (467). 36 hospitalizations have been reported in the county, along with nine fatalities.

Nelson County is the only locality in the TJHD without any reported hospitalizations or fatalities, but it has reported 21 cases.

The city of Charlottesville has reported 237 cases, 17 hospitalizations and six fatalities.

Louisa County has seen 131 cases, 15 hospitalizations and one fatality.

Greene County is the other locality reporting one fatality, but it has seen 75 cases and seven hospitalizations.

Fluvanna County has reported 121 cases, 26 hospitalizations and eight fatalities.

The VDH defines probable COVID-19 cases as people who are symptomatic with a known exposure to COVID-19, but whose cases have not been confirmed with a positive test.

As the overall number of positive COVID-19 test results in Virginia grows, data from the VDH coronavirus dashboard shows the percentage of positive results from testing is down. The seven-day average for percentage of positive test results was at 6.1% as of July 2, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 22.2% on April 19.

Last week, the TJHD’s seven-day positivity rate for PCR testing was above 7%. Today, the figure sits at 6.1%, with 21,183 PCR testing encounters performed.

When combined with antibody test figures, the region’s current seven-day positivity rate sits at 5.6%, with 23,831 testing encounters performed.

PCR testing looks for the presence of active virus particles in a patient, while antibody testing looks for the presence of antibodies in a patient, which might determine if they have been previously exposed to the virus.

Across the state, 486 outbreaks have been reported. Of those 486 outbreaks, 15 have been reported in the TJHD.

185 cases in the TJHD are outbreak-associated. Across the state, 11,728 cases have been linked with outbreaks.

Within the TJHD, there have been six outbreaks reported in congregate settings, five in long-term care facilities, two in correctional facilities and two in educational settings.

65 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in healthcare workers in the Thomas Jefferson Health District. In total, 4,116 cases have been healthcare workers across Virginia.

State health officials have said there’s a lag in the reporting of statewide numbers on the VDH website. Figures on the website might not include cases or deaths reported by localities or local health districts.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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