RICHMOND — While the Virginia Department of Health reported a 1,111-case jump on Friday — marking a total of 124,779 COVID-19 cases — current hospitalizations statewide are decreasing.
Figures from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association show that 1,101 pending and confirmed COVID-19 positive patients are currently hospitalized On Thursday, it was 1,130. On Wednesday, there were 1,114. The peak was 1,372 on Aug. 7.
Nearly 15,500 patients have been hospitalized and discharged, almost 200 more than reported Thursday. Ventilator use is at 19% with more than 3,500 inpatient beds available.
Of the 124,779 state cases, 119,259 are confirmed and 5,520 are probable. Total deaths reached 2,652, which is 10 more than the day before. Total hospitalizations since the outbreak reached 9,798. Total deaths increased by 10 for a total of 2,662.
This is the lowest increase in deaths this week.
Locally, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported on Friday morning that there were 35 newly reported cases in the region, as well as one new fatality. No new hospitalizations were reported. Since March, there have been 2,597 cases, 171 hospitalizations and 57 fatalities reported to the TJHD.
In Albemarle County, there were seven new cases reported. To date, there have been 1,067 cases, 68 hospitalizations and 19 fatalities reported.
The city of Charlottesville added 26 new cases to their total case count, for a total of 758 reported cases. The city also reported one new fatality, bringing the total number of fatalities to 23. There have been 27 hospitalizations reported in the city since March.
No new cases, hospitalizations or fatalities were reported in Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson Counties on Friday. Nelson County is the only locality within the TJHD that has not reported any fatalities.
To date, there have been 229 cases, 35 hospitalizations and nine fatalities reported in Fluvanna; 199 cases, 10 hospitalizations and three fatalities reported in Greene; 87 cases and three hospitalizations in Nelson.
There were two new cases reported in Louisa County, for a total of 257 cases, 28 hospitalizations and three fatalities.
The University of Virginia’s COVID-19 dashboard was updated Friday afternoon. There are currently 201 total positive COVID-19 cases at UVa in faculty, staff, students and contract employees. There have been 161 positive cases reported in UVa students.
Out of the student pre-arrival tests, there have been 17,820 negative tests and 61 positive tests.
Ahead of the start of in-person classes on Tuesday, expanded coronavirus testing measures were announced by university officials on Friday. They announced that they will start conducting testing of asymptomatic students, saliva screenings and wastewater analysis.
The university’s dashboard also reported that 5% of the school’s quarantine rooms are occupied.
No new COVID-19 hospitalizations were reported by UVa Health on Friday. Currently, the average time it takes to complete lab testing through the UVa Health Hospital Testing Lab is 17 hours.
The majority of the region’s 57 fatalities have been reported in people 80 and older, with a total of 36 fatalities reported. There have been 14 fatalities reported in people between the ages of 70-79, five in people in their 60s and two in people in their 50s. There have been no reported fatalities in anybody under the age of 49. To date, there have been 113 cases reported in children between the ages of 0-9; 335 in people between the ages of 10-19; 500 in people between the ages of 20-29 —the largest group of cases in the entire health district—; 434 cases in people between the ages of 30-39; 366 in people between the ages of 40-49; 286 in people between the ages of 50-59; 220 in people in their 60s; 158cases in people in their 70s and 182 in people 80 and older.
The seven-day average positivity rate — the percentage of tests that come back positive — rose slightly on Friday to 7.8% across the state. Since the start of the outbreak, 1.63 million tests have been administered.
The TJHD’s current seven-day positivity rate is at 7.3%. To date, there have been 50,661 PCR testing encounters performed across the health district. When combined with the total amount of testing encounters performed, including anibody testing, there have been 54,568 testing encounters with a 7.6% seven-day positivity rate.
There are 858 total outbreaks across Virginia, which make up 18,006 of the state’s cases. 7,051 cases have been reported in the state’s healthcare workers.
Locally, there have been 27 reported outbreaks: 13 in long-term care facilities, eight in congregate settings, three in correctional facilities, two in educational settings and one in a healthcare setting. There have been 466 outbreak-associated cases reported across the health district, while 185 cases have been reported in the region’s healthcare workers.