RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Wednesday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 59,514 — an increase of 520 from the 58,994 reported yesterday.
The 59,514 cases consist of 56,956 confirmed cases and 2,558 probable cases. There are 1,661 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,559 confirmed and 102 probable. That’s an increase of 16 from the 1,645 reported yesterday.
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.
In the region covered by the Thomas Jefferson Health District, 13 new cases were reported this morning, for a total of 832 cases. Of those 832 cases, 19 fatalities have been reported, along with 83 hospitalizations.
Albemarle County has the highest case load in the TJHD, at 359 cases. Nelson County continues to be the only locality in the TJHD with the lowest case count, 18 cases, along with zero reported hospitalizations or fatalities.
The majority of cases in the TJHD have been diagnosed in people between the ages of 20-49. In that specific age group, 437 cases have been reported. Of those 437 cases, 166 have been diagnosed in people between the ages of 30-39.
The number of cases has not hit the triple-digits for people between the ages of 60-69 (75), 70-49 (57) and in residents 80 and older (74).
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 6.2% as of June 20, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 22.2% on April 19.
Testing in the TJHD has resulted in a current seven-day positivity rate of 5.1%, down from yesterday’s 5.6%. There have been 16,673 PCR-only testing encounters in the entire district.
In total, there have been 18,745 testing encounters across the TJHD when the number of testing encounters for PCR tests and antibody tests are combined. That current seven-day positivity rate sits at 4.6%.
A PCR test looks for the presence of active virus particles in a patient, while an antibody test looks for the presence of antibodies against the virus in a patient.
Across the state of Virginia, 440 outbreaks have been reported, with 10,812 cases associated with those outbreaks. In total, 3,726 healthcare workers across the state have reported cases.
Locally, the region has seen 13 outbreaks: four in long-term care facilities, six in congregate settings, two in correctional facilities and one in an educational setting.
177 cases have been reported with the region’s 13 outbreaks. 55 healthcare workers have reported cases of COVID-19 in the district.
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.