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18,640 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Va.; 662 confirmed deaths

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that the state has 19,492 COVID-19 cases, which is an increase of 821 over the 18,671 reported Sunday.

The 19,492 cases include 18,640 confirmed cases and 852 probable cases. Also, there are 684 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 662 confirmed and 22 probable. That’s an increase of 24 total deaths from the 660 reported Sunday.

Last week, the VDH started including probable COVID-19 cases and probable deaths in the state’s overall tally. Probable cases are people who are symptomatic with a known exposure to COVID-19, but have not been confirmed with a positive test.

The VDH said 122,788 people have been tested for the virus in Virginia, and there have been 2,700 hospitalizations.

Locally, the Thomas Jefferson Health District has reported 319 cases of COVID-19. 60 people have been hospitalized, and there have been 13 fatalities.

Currently, Albemarle County has the most cases, with 110.

The VDH website has started keeping track of cases in healthcare workers across the commonwealth. Across the state, there are 1,451 cases in healthcare workers. In the TJHD, there have been 32 reported cases of COVID-19 in healthcare workers.

Fairfax County, the state’s most populous locality with more than 1.1 million people, has the most cases with 4,615 and 198 deaths.

There are coronavirus cases in 130 of Virginia’s 133 cities and counties. Only Bath, Bland and Dickenson counties don’t have cases. Dickenson County is on the border with Kentucky; Bath and Bland are on the border with West 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.

– Paul Whelan

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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