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Four new fatalities reported in TJHD; statewide COVID-19 cases increase by 638 since Monday

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Tuesday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 66,740 — an increase of 638 from the 66,102 reported Monday.

The 66,740 cases consist of 63,950 confirmed cases and 2,790 probable cases. There are 1,881 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,775 confirmed and 106 probable. That’s an increase of 28 from the 1,853 reported Monday.

Locally, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported 11 new cases today, for a total of 1,063 across the region it covers.

Four new deaths were reported today, for a total of 29 fatalities. Albemarle County, Greene County, Louisa County and the city of Charlottesville each reported one new death in their localities.

Albemarle continues to have the highest case count in the TJHD, with 472 cases. 36 hospitalizations have been reported, along with 10 fatalities.

Charlottesville now has 239 cases, 17 hospitalizations and seven fatalities.

Fluvanna County has the second-most amount of hospitalizations in the TJHD with 26 reported. 123 cases have been reported in Fluvanna, along with eight fatalities.

Greene County has reported 76 cases and seven hospitalizations, along with two fatalities.

Louisa County also has two fatalities recorded, with 132 cases and 15 hospitalizations.

Nelson County is the only locality in the TJHD without any reported hospitalizations or fatalities. 21 cases have been reported there.

The majority of cases across the TJHD have been diagnosed in people between the ages of 20-59, with 711 cases out of the region’s 1,063. People between the ages of 30-39 have the highest amount of cases diagnosed, with 221 total.

229 of the region’s cases have been found in people between the ages of 60-80+.

People between the ages of 50-80+ have seen the most hospitalizations in the TJHD, with people 80 and older accounting for 27 of those 78 hospitalizations. People between the ages of 70-79 have the second-highest hospitalization count in the TJHD, with 21 reported hospitalizations.

The majority of the region’s 29 deaths have been in people 80 and older, with 19 fatalities reported. The region’s other 10 deaths have been reported in people between the ages of 50-79.

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 6% as of July 3, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 22.2% on April 19.

Testing continues to rise in the Thomas Jefferson Health District. The current seven-day positivity rate for PCR tests has fallen to 5.8%. There have been 21,645 testing encounters reported.

When PCR testing encounters are combined with antibody testing encounters, the current seven-day positivity rate sits at 5.4%. In total, 24,309 testing encounters have been performed across the TJHD.

A sixteenth outbreak has been reported in the TJHD. 191 of the cases in the district have been linked to an outbreak. There have been six outbreaks reported in long-term care facilities, six in congregate settings, two in correctional facilities and two in educational settings.

Across Virginia, there are 497 outbreaks. 11,771 cases are outbreak-associated. 4,156 cases have been reported in healthcare workers; of those cases, 65 have been diagnosed in healthcare workers in the TJHD.

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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