RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Wednesday that the statewide total of COVID-19 cases is 115,458 — an increase of 823 from the 114,635 reported Tuesday.
The 115,458 cases consist of 110,437 confirmed cases and 5,021 probable cases. There are 2,515 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 2,382 confirmed and 133 probable. That’s an increase of 21 from the 2,494 reported Tuesday.
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.
Locally, there were 15 new cases, one new hospitalization and one new fatality reported by the Thomas Jefferson Health District on Wednesday.
The region’s latest fatality was reported in Albemarle County, which now has reported 980 cases, 65 hospitalizations and 17 fatalities. There were five new cases reported in the county.
Charlottesville added three new cases to its total count, which stands at 595. To date, there have been 26 hospitalizations and 17 fatalities.
The region’s newest hospitalization was reported in Fluvanna County, which now has 35 hospitalizations. One new case was also reported in Fluvanna, bringing the county’s total to 219. To date, there have been nine fatalities.
One new case was reported in Greene County, which now has a total of 196 cases, nine hospitalizations and two fatalities.
Five new cases were reported in Louisa County, which has reported 238 cases to date. The county has two fatalities and 25 hospitalizations reported to date.
Nelson County did not add any new cases to its case count, which sits at 81 with three hospitalizations. There have been no fatalities reported in Nelson.
The majority of the region’s cases have been reported in people between the ages of 20 and 49; 418 cases have been reported in people in their 20s, 414 cases reported in people in their 30s and 348 cases in people in their 40s.
No new cases were reported in the 0 to 9 age group, while four new cases were reported in people between the ages of 10 and 19. To date, there have been 104 cases reported in children between the ages of 0 and 9 and 215 in people between the ages of 10 and 19.
In older age groups, there was one new case reported in people between the ages of 50 and 59, for a total of 271 cases. Three new cases were reported in people between the ages of 60 and 69, for a total of 210 cases. Two new cases were reported in people between the ages of 70 and 79, for a total of 150 cases. There were no new cases reported in people 80 and older.
The region’s latest fatality was reported in a person between the ages of 70 and 79. To date, there have been two fatalities reported in people between the ages of 50 and 59, four in people between the ages of 60 and 69, 11 in people between the ages of 70 and 79 and 30 in people 80 and older.
No fatalities have been reported in people younger than 49.
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 6.4% as of Aug. 22, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 20.8% on April 21.
The local seven-day PCR positivity rate as of Aug. 22 remains at 5.5%. To date, there have been 46,251 PCR testing encounters performed across the health district. When combined with the region’s total testing efforts, including antibody testing, there have been 49,987 testing encounters performed.
One new outbreak was reported on Wednesday, in a healthcare setting. According to the VDH, a healthcare setting is a behavioral health inpatient or outpatient medical facility, a fire/ems department, a non-long-term care-related medical facility or a medical office.
The latest outbreak marks the 27th outbreak in the region. To date, 466 cases in the region have been outbreak-associated, with 170 cases reported in the region’s healthcare workers.
Locally, there have been 13 outbreaks in long-term care facilities, eight in congregate settings, three in correctional facilities, two in educational settings and one in a healthcare setting.
Across Virginia, there have been 811 outbreaks with 17,008 outbreak-associated cases. 6,537 cases have been reported statewide in 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.