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TJHD nears 1,300 COVID-19 cases, hits 8.4% seven-day PCR positivity rate

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Wednesday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 73,527 — an increase of 1,084 from the 72,443 reported Tuesday.

The 73,527 cases consist of 70,669 confirmed cases and 2,858 probable cases. There are 1,992 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,882 confirmed and 110 probable. That’s an increase of 15 from the 1,977 reported Tuesday.

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.

This morning, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported 21 new cases, for a total of 1,298 cases since March 17, when the region’s first COVID case was diagnosed.

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There are now 583 reported cases in Albemarle County, 318 in Charlottesville, 139 in Fluvanna County, 88 in Greene County, 143 in Louisa County and 27 in Nelson County.

Nelson County remains the only locality in the TJHD with zero reported hospitalizations or fatalities.

Hospitalizations increased slightly today, for a total of 109 hospitalizations across the TJHD.

Albemarle County has the region’s most hospitalizations, at 39. Fluvanna County has the region’s second-most hospitalizations, with 27 reported.

Charlottesville has 19 hospitalizations, Louisa has 17 hospitalizations and Greene County has seven.{div class=”subscriber-only”}{div class=”subscriber-only”}A majority of the region’s hospitalizations have been reported in people between the ages of 60-80+, with 28 hospitalizations in the 80+ age group.{/div}{/div} {div class=”subscriber-only”}{div class=”subscriber-only”}Eight hospitalizations have been reported for people between the ages of 30-39, while four hospitalizations have been reported for people between the ages of 0-29.{/div}{/div}

{div class=”subscriber-only”}{div class=”subscriber-only”}Out of the region’s 1,298 cases, 472 cases have been reported in people between the ages of 20-39, comprising 36.3% of the region’s total cases.

Tuesday afternoon, Governor Ralph Northam gave an update on Virginia’s COVID-19 efforts, noting that cases in people between the ages of 20-29 were up by 250% across the state.{/div}{/div} {div class=”subscriber-only”}{div class=”subscriber-only”}58 cases have been reported in children between the ages of 0-9; 90 in children between the ages of 10-19; 197 in people between the ages of 40-49; 157 in people between the ages of 50-59; 110 in people between the ages of 60-69; 89 in people between the ages of 70-79 and 123 in people 80 and older.{/div}{/div} {div class=”subscriber-only”}{div class=”subscriber-only”}{div class=”subscriber-only”}The majority of the region’s 29 fatalities have been in people 80 and older. No fatalities have been reported in people younger than 49.{/div}{/div}{/div}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 still below 10%. Health experts suggest a positivity rate below 10% is an adequate number to allow state health officials to detect new cases and outbreaks.

The seven-day average for percentage of positive test results was at 7.2% as of July 11, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 20.8% on April 21, but up from 5.8% on June 23.

Locally, the current seven-day positivity rate for all PCR tests performed in the region has risen to 8.4%. It’s the highest it has been since May 23, when it was at 8.2%.

In total, 25,392 PCR testing encounters have been performed across the TJHD. 842,124 PCR testing encounters have been performed across the commonwealth.

When combined with antibody testing efforts, the current seven-day positivity rate is at 8.0%, with a total of 28,415 testing encounters performed in the TJHD. Across Virginia, a total of 928,868 testing encounters have been performed.

PCR testing looks for the presence of active virus particles in a patient, while antibody testing determines if a person has previously been exposed to the virus.

545 outbreaks have been reported across Virginia. Of the state’s 545 outbreaks, 19 have been detected in the TJHD. 239 of the region’s cases are outbreak-associated.

Across the state, 12,624 cases have been linked to an outbreak. There have been 4,454 cases reported in healthcare workers in Virginia; 82 cases have been found in healthcare workers in the Thomas Jefferson Health District.

Locally, eight outbreaks have been reported at long-term care facilities, seven in congregate settings, two in correctional facilities and two in educational settings.

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.


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