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15 new COVID-19 cases reported in TJHD; statewide case numbers still rising

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 58,465 — an increase of 471 from the 57,994 reported Sunday.

The 58,465 cases consist of 55,949 confirmed cases and 2,516 probable cases. Also, there are 1,620 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,517 confirmed and 103 probable. That’s an increase of nine from the 1,611 reported.

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.

Across the Thomas Jefferson Health District, 15 new cases have been diagnosed, bringing the total number of cases to 799.

Albemarle County continues to have the highest case count, with 340 reported cases. Nelson County is the only locality within the TJHD that has had zero reported fatalities or hospitalizations.

A majority of the cases (418) diagnosed within the TJHD have been in people between the ages of 20 and 49 (52.3%).

Of those cases, 286 are in people between the ages of 20-39.

The largest group of people being diagnosed in the TJHD are people between the ages of 30-39 (19.9%).

Meanwhile, 37.7% of the region’s cases have been diagnosed in people between the ages of 50 and 80+.

The majority of the TJHD’s fatalities have been in people 80 and older (73.7%).

VDH data shows most cases (78.4%) are occurring in adults between the ages of 20 and 69. The majority of deaths (76.1%) are among Virginians over the age of 70.

Fairfax County, the state’s most populous locality with more than 1.1 million people, has the most cases with 13,499 and 438 deaths.

Only Bath County doesn’t have confirmed cases.

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 6.14% as of June 15, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 22.2% on April 19.

Testing across the TJHD has continued to rise. The current seven-day positivity rate for PCR tests sits at 5.2%. In the health district, 16,077 PCR testing encounters have been reported.

A PCR test detects the presence of active virus particles in a patient, while a serological test looks for the presence of antibodies in a patient.

When serological tests are included in the TJHD’s counts, the current seven-day positivity rate sits at 4.7%, with 18,104 testing encounters performed.

The VDH said there are 428 outbreaks in the state, 230 in long-term care facilities. These facilities also account for 1,005 of the state’s deaths attributed to the virus.

Locally, there are still 13 outbreaks that have been reported to TJHD authorities. Six outbreaks have been reported in congregate settings, four have been reported in long-term care facilities, two have been reported in correctional facilities and one outbreak has been reported in an educational setting.

Of the region’s 13 outbreaks, 177 cases are outbreak-associated. 54 cases have been reported in healthcare workers in the TJHD.

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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