The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday morning that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases has hit 67,988 — an increase of 613 from the 67,375 reported Wednesday.
The 67,988 cases consist of 65,191 confirmed cases and 2,797 probable cases. There are 1,937 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,832 confirmed and 105 probable. That’s an increase of 32 from the 1,905 reported Wednesday.
Locally, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported 28 new cases today, for a total of 1,123 reported cases across the region it covers.
Albemarle County has the highest case count in the TJHD. Today’s numbers put Albemarle’s case count over 500, for a total of 512 reported cases. Charlottesville has the second-most cases, with 251 reported cases. Charlottesville’s case count rose by 10 since yesterday.
Louisa County has reported 134 cases, Fluvanna County has reported 126 cases and Greene County has reported 78 cases.
Nelson County is the only locality in the TJHD that has not reported any fatalities or hospitalizations. Its number of reported cases remains the same as Wednesday’s count: 22.
People between the ages of 20-59 comprise the most cases in the region. 255 of the region’s 1,123 cases have been diagnosed in people between the ages of 60-80+.
Out of the 739 cases diagnosed in people between the ages of 20-59, 227 have been diagnosed in people between the ages of 30-39. 192 cases have been diagnosed in people between the ages of 20-29.
The TJHD did not have any new fatalities or hospitalizations to report today.
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 6.3% as of this morning. That’s down from a peak of 22.2% on April 19.
In total, 750,631 PCR testing encounters have been performed across the commonwealth. When combined with the number of antibody testing encounters, 829,793 total testing encounters have been performed. The current seven-day positivity rate for all testing encounters across the commonwealth sits at 6.1%.
Across the TJHD, 22,516 PCR testing encounters have been performed. The current seven-day positivity rate sits at 7.3%; an increase from yesterday’s reported 6.2%.
When the PCR testing encounters are combined with antibody testing encounters, the region’s seven-day positivity rate sits at 6.9%. In total, 25,291 testing encounters have been performed in the Thomas Jefferson Health District.
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 had some sort of previous exposure to the virus.
Across the state, 514 outbreaks have been reported. Of the 514 outbreaks statewide, 16 have been found in the TJHD.
In total, there have been 12,071 outbreak-associated cases diagnosed across Virginia. Of those cases, 191 have been diagnosed in the TJHD.
69 cases have been diagnosed in healthcare workers in the region, while 4,243 cases have been diagnosed in healthcare workers across the state.
Six of the region’s outbreaks have been found in long-term care facilities, six have been found in congregate settings, two have been found in correctional facilities and two have been found in educational settings.
Across Virginia, there are 264 outbreaks in long-term care facilities; 159 in congregate settings; 38 in correctional facilities; 35 in healthcare settings and 18 in educational settings.
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.