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29 new cases of COVID-19 in TJHD; 39,342 probable and confirmed cases across the commonwealth

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Tuesday that the state has 39,342 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1,615 from the 37,727 reported Monday.

The jump in cases comes a day after an increase of 1,483 cases. A note on the VDH website on Monday said its disease reporting system was down for maintenance Sunday and data reported during that time were added to Monday’s numbers.

The 39,342 cases reported Tuesday include 37,440 confirmed cases and 1,902 probable cases. Also, there are 1,236 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,175 confirmed and 61 probable. That’s an increase of 28 from the 1,208 reported Monday.

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

VDH data shows most cases (80.1%) are occurring in working age adults between the ages of 20 and 69, with people in their 40s accounting for the largest percentage of cases (18.6%). The majority of deaths (77.4%) are among Virginians over the age of 70.

Locally, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported 29 new cases today, for a total of 451 cases across the region it covers. A total of 68 people have been hospitalized. 19 fatalities have been reported.

Most of the region’s cases have been found in Albemarle County, with 161 reported cases, eight fatalities and 19 hospitalizations.

The city of Charlottesville has the second-most amount of cases, with 90 reported. There have been three fatalities in the city.

Fluvanna County has 87 reported cases, with 22 hospitalizations and six fatalities. Louisa County has 73 reported cases, with nine hospitalizations and one fatality.

Greene County has 25 reported cases with one fatality.

Nelson County has had 15 reported cases with zero fatalities and hospitalizations.

There are now seven outbreaks in the TJHD, according to the VDH. Four are in long-term care facilities and two are in congregate settings. The outbreak at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail is still listed, after four staff members tested positive in early March. Those workers have been cleared by their primary care providers to return to work.

VDH said there are 325 outbreaks in the state, 190 in long-term care facilities. These facilities also account for 708 of the state’s 1,236 deaths attributed to the virus.

Fairfax County, the state’s most populous locality with more than 1.1 million people, has the most cases with 9,839 and 340 deaths.

The VDH is now tracking the number of cases of COVID-19-related Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Fairfax County has two reported cases in children.

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.

Read more COVID-19 data on the VDH website.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Paul Whelan contributed to this report.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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