RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 81,237 — an increase of 844 from the 80,393 reported yesterday.
The 81,237 cases consist of 78,182 confirmed cases and 3,055 probable cases. There are 2,054 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,951 confirmed and 103 probable. That’s an increase of 3 from the 2,051 reported Wednesday.
On Thursday, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported 47 new cases. The region now has 1,505 cases reported across the health district.
Albemarle County now has 671 reported cases; the highest out of any locality in the health district.
To help curb the spread of the virus, county officials are considering making masks mandatory in public, limiting restaurants to 50% occupancy indoors and restricting public and private in-person gatherings to a maximum of 50 people.
The city of Charlottesville now has 385 reported cases; Fluvanna County has 154 cases; Greene County has 108 and Louisa County has reported 157 cases.
Nelson County, with 30 reported cases, remains the only locality in the health district with case counts under 100, as well as zero reported fatalities or hospitalizations.
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.
Hospitalizations rose again for a total of 129 in the region. People between the ages of 0-29 have the least amount of reported hospitalizations, with a total of five. Eleven people between the ages of 30-39 have been hospitalized, while 17 hospitalizations have been reported in people between the ages of 40-49. Sixteen people between the ages of 50-59 have been hospitalized as well.
The majority of the region’s hospitalizations has been seen in people between the ages of 60-80+. 80 hospitalizations have been reported in those age groups, with people 80 and older having the highest amount of hospitalizations in the health district.
Out of the region’s 1,505 cases, 769 have been reported in people between the ages of 20-49; the age groups with the largest amount of cases. There have been 556 cases diagnosed in people between the ages of 50-80+.
No new fatalities were reported, keeping the total at 30. The majority of the region’s fatalities have been found in people older than 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 7.7% as of July 19, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 20.8% on April 21.
To date, 29,928 PCR testing encounters have been performed across the TJHD. The current seven-day PCR positivity rate as of July 19 is 6.5%; a slight increase from yesterday’s 6.4%.
When combined with the region’s antibody testing efforts, 33,239 total testing encounters have been performed across the health district.
There has been no change in the number of outbreaks across the TJHD, which has a total of 19 outbreaks. Eight of those outbreaks have been reported in long-term care facilities, seven in congregate settings and two each in correctional facilities and educational settings. There are now 296 outbreak-associated cases in the health district.
The number of cases found in healthcare workers in the TJHD continue to rise. Today, 107 cases have been reported in healthcare workers. Across the state, 4,811 cases have been found in healthcare workers.
Across Virginia, 605 outbreaks have been reported. The majority of the state’s outbreaks have been found in long-term care facilities, with 303 outbreaks reported. 13,465 cases have been associated with a COVID-19 outbreak.
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.