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31 fatalities now reported in the TJHD; Va. COVID-19 cases increase by 911 from Wednesday

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 88,904 — an increase of 911 from the 87,993 reported Wednesday.

The 88,904 cases consist of 85,546 confirmed cases and 3,358 probable cases. There are 2,141 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 2,035 confirmed and 106 probable. That’s an increase of 16 from the 2,125 reported Wednesday.

The Thomas Jefferson Health District reported 16 new cases on Thursday for a total of 1,685 across the health district since March 17. There have been 135 hospitalizations reported, along with 31 fatalities. The latest fatality was reported in Charlottesville, in a patient older than 80.

Albemarle County remains the only locality in the health district to exceed 700 cases, with a total of 733 cases. 51 hospitalizations and 10 fatalities have been reported in the county.

The city of Charlottesville reported one new fatality. To date, there have been nine COVID-19-related fatalities. 23 hospitalizations have also been reported.

Elsewhere across the health district, Fluvanna County reported 170 cases and 31 hospitalizations; Greene County reported 134 cases and eight hospitalizations and Louisa County has reported 165 cases and 22 hospitalizations.

Nelson County remains the only locality in the TJHD with zero reported fatalities or hospitalizations. 32 cases have been reported in Nelson, a decrease of one from Wednesday’s reported numbers.

The majority of cases reported across the TJHD have been found in people between the ages of 20-49, with 853 cases. Of those cases, 313 have been reported in people between the ages of 30-39.

In people between the ages of 50-80+, 623 cases have been reported. Of those cases, the majority has been reported in people between the ages of 50-59, with 205 cases reported.

There have been 207 cases reported in young patients between the ages of 0-19. 78 of those cases have been reported in patients between the ages of 0-9, while 129 have been reported in the 10-19 age group.

The majority of the region’s hospitalizations have been reported in people between the ages of 60-80+. In that range, 29 hospitalizations have been reported in people between the ages of 60-69, while 31 hospitalizations have been reported in people 80 and older.

20 of the region’s 31 fatalities have been reported in people 80 and older.

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 7.2% as of July 26, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 20.8% on April 21.

The current seven-day PCR positivity rate for the region’s PCR testing encounters is 6.8%, as of July 26. In total, 33,897 PCR testing encounters have been performed.

When combined with the region’s antibody testing efforts, a total of 37,309 testing encounters have been performed, with a seven-day positivity rate of 6.7%.

No new outbreaks have been reported across the health district. In total, there have been 19 outbreaks reported.

The TJHD has reported 332 cases linked to an outbreak. There have been 131 reported cases in healthcare workers across the health district.

Eight outbreaks have been reported in the region’s long-term care facilities, seven in congregate settings, along with two each in correctional facilities and educational settings.

Across Virginia, 635 outbreaks have been reported. The majority of the state’s outbreaks have been found in long-term care facilities. There have been 14,173 cases linked to those outbreaks. In total, 5,139 cases have been reported in healthcare workers across the commonwealth.

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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