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46,239 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Va.; 552 total cases in TJHD

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Tuesday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 46,239; an increase of 841 from the 45,398 reported Monday.

The Thomas Jefferson Health District reported six new cases today, bringing the total case count to 552.

70 people have been hospitalized and 19 fatalities have been reported.

Albemarle County now has 200 reported cases, with 19 hospitalizations and eight fatalities.

The city of Charlottesville has 128 reported cases, with 15 hospitalizations and three fatalities.

Fluvanna County has 92 reported cases, with 23 hospitalizations and six fatalities.

Louisa County has seen 81 cases with nine hospitalizations and one fatality. Greene County also has seen one fatality, with four hospitalizations and 34 cases.

Nelson County continues to have the least amount of cases in the TJHD, sitting at 17. It is also the only locality in the TJHD without any reported fatalities.

While overall case numbers have increased with more testing, VDH data show the percent of positive results are continuing a decline that started in the middle of April.

In the region covered by the TJHD, the current seven-day positivity rate for all PCR tests sits at 6.6%. VDH data shows that the percent of positive results are rising slightly in the region.

In total, the TJHD has reported 9,759 PCR testing encounters. The PCR tests performed detect the presence of the virus caused by the novel coronavirus. They differ from the serological tests performed to detect the presence of antibodies in a patient.

The 46,239 cases reported Tuesday include 44,069 confirmed cases and 2,170 probable cases. Also, there are 1,407 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,300 confirmed and 107 probable. That’s an increase of 15 from the 1,392 reported Sunday.

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.

VDH data shows most cases (79.9%) are occurring in 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 (76.8%) are among Virginians over the age of 70.

Across the TJHD, 19.4% of cases have been detected in people between the ages of 30-39. The second-highest amount of cases have been detected in people in their 40s (14.9%).

The majority of deaths within the TJHD have been in people 80 and older (73.7%).

Fairfax County, the state’s most populous locality with more than 1.1 million people, has the most cases with 11,426 and 391 deaths.

VDH said there are 367 outbreaks in the state, 214 in long-term care facilities. These facilities also account for 796 of the state’s deaths attributed to the virus.

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.

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

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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