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COVID-19 cases increase by 1,022 statewide; positivity rate up to 7.8%

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Wednesday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 80,393 — an increase of 1,022 from the 79,371 reported yesterday.

The 80,393 cases consist of 77,380 confirmed cases and 3,013 probable cases. There are 2,051 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,948 confirmed and 103 probable. That’s an increase of 3 from the 2,048 reported Tuesday.

There were 18 new cases reported in the Thomas Jefferson Health District on Wednesday, for a total of 1,458 across the region. Eight new hospitalizations were reported, for a total of 124. No new fatalities were reported.

Albemarle County is the only locality in the TJHD that has over 600 cases (647). Charlottesville has 371 reported cases; the second-highest case count in the region.

Louisa County has reported 155 cases; Fluvanna County has reported 151 cases and Greene County has reported 105 cases.

Nelson County remains the only locality in the TJHD under 100 cases with zero reported fatalities or hospitalizations. Nelson County has 29 reported cases.

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.

A little over half of the region’s cases (743) have been diagnosed in people between the ages of 20-49, with the highest case count in people between the ages of 30-39 (275). There have been over 530 cases diagnosed in people between the ages of 50-80+; with more people between the ages of 50-59 receiving diagnoses.

There have been 175 cases reported in young people between the ages of 0-19.

Most of the region’s hospitalizations have been reported in two age groups: 60-69 (21.0%) and 80+ (23.4%). Most of the region’s fatalities have been reported in people over the age of 80.

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 7.9% as of July 18, 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 has dropped to 6.4%. There have been 29,252 PCR testing encounters performed across the health district. When combined with the number of antibody testing encounters, the region has 32,527 total testing encounters with a seven-day positivity rate of 6.4%.

To date, there have been over one million total testing encounters (PCR and antibody) performed across Virginia, with a current seven-day positivity rate of 8.4%.

580 outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported across the commonwealth. Of the state’s 580 outbreaks, 19 are located in the health district. 13,091 cases across Virginia are outbreak-associated. In the TJHD, 291 cases are outbreak-associated.

There are now 102 reported cases in the TJHD’s healthcare workers, while 4,757 cases have been detected in Virginia’s healthcare workers.

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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