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321 COVID-19 cases at UVa; 276 in students

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Friday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 131,640 — an increase of 1,115 from the 130,525 reported Thursday.

The 131,640 cases consist of 125,703 confirmed cases and 5,937 probable cases. There are 2,711 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 2,578 confirmed and 133 probable. That’s an increase of 3 from the 2,708 reported Thursday.

Locally, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported 53 new cases on Friday, along with one new hospitalization. To date, there have been 2,796 cases reported in the health district since March, along with 176 hospitalizations and 58 fatalities.

Out of today’s 53 new cases, 44 were reported in people between the ages of 10-29. That age group encompasses most college-aged students.

There were 22 new cases reported in Albemarle County, along with one new hospitalization. To date, there have been 1,122 cases reported, 71 hospitalizations and 19 fatalities.

Charlottesville reported 34 new cases, for a total of 867. To date, there have been 27 hospitalizations and 24 fatalities.

In Fluvanna County, three new cases were reported, for a total of 242.

Three new cases were also reported in Greene County, which now has 207 reported cases.

Only one new case was reported in Louisa County. To date, there have been 267 cases.

No new cases were reported in Nelson County. Nelson remains the only locality in the TJHD without any reported fatalities.

On Friday, the University of Virginia reported 38 new cases in the student population. Since Aug. 17, there have been 276 positive cases in students. In total, the university has reported 321 cases in faculty, staff, students and contract employees.

Currently, 8% of the university’s quarantine rooms are occupied, along with 1% of its isolation rooms.

According to the latest update on UVa Health’s hospital statistics, one new COVID-19-related hospitalization was reported on Sept. 10.

Currently, the average time it takes to complete lab testing through the UVa Health Hospital Testing Lab is 26 hours. Statewide, the total number of people hospitalized has reached 10,155, though the VDH dashboard notes that hospitalizations are underrepresented.

To date, there have been 114 cases reported in children between the ages of 0-9; 424 in people between the ages of 10-19; 558 in people between the ages of 20-29 —the largest group of cases in the entire health district—; 445 cases in people between the ages of 30-39; 379 in people between the ages of 40-49; 299 in people between the ages of 50-59; 227 in people in their 60s; 164 cases in people in their 70s and 182 in people 80 and older.

The majority of the region’s cases have been diagnosed in people between the ages of 10-49.

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 7.5% as of Sept. 7, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 20.8% on April 21.

Locally, the current seven-day PCR positivity rate is at 5.5%. To date, there have been 54,338 PCR testing encounters performed across the district. When combined with the total number of testing efforts, including antibody testing, there have been 58,346 testing encounters performed with a 5.6% positivity rate.

Locally, there have been no new outbreaks reported. To date, there have been 13 outbreaks in the region’s long-term care facilities, eight in congregate settings, three in correctional facilities, three in educational settings and one in a healthcare setting. There have been 470 outbreak-associated cases. 196 cases have been reported in the region’s healthcare workers.

There are 890 outbreaks across Virginia. 18,759 cases have been linked back to an outbreak, with 7,481 cases reported in the state’s healthcare workers. The VDH classifies an outbreak as at least two lab-confirmed cases.

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.


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