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VDH: 21,570 probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases; 769 probable and confirmed deaths

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday that the state has 21,570 COVID-19 cases and 769 deaths.

The website where the VDH shares statewide figures on COVID-19 cases and deaths did not update Wednesday.

“The overnight process to compile all of the investigation and laboratory report data experienced a technical error that has resulted in information being unavailable for reporting,” said a note posted on the website.

Thursday’s numbers showed an increase of 1,314 cases and 56 deaths in the two days since Tuesday.

The 21,570 cases include 20,537 confirmed cases and 1,033 probable cases. The 769 COVID-19 deaths include 745 confirmed and 24 probable.

In April, the VDH started including probable COVID-19 cases and probable deaths in the state’s overall tally. Probable cases are people who are symptomatic with a known exposure to COVID-19, but have not been confirmed with a positive test.

The VDH said 136,558 COVID-19 tests have been conducted on Virginians, and there have been 2,995 hospitalizations.

Locally, there are now 328 cases in the Thomas Jefferson Health District. 60 people have been hospitalized and 13 fatalities have been reported.

The majority of cases in the TJHD are in Albemarle County, which has 112 cases.

A fourth outbreak has been reported in the region covered by the TJHD, according to today’s VDH update. There are now three reported outbreaks in long-term care facilities, as well as one in a correctional facility.

Previously, the region’s first outbreak in a long-term care facility was reported at The Envoy at The Village, a skilled nursing facility in Fluvanna County. An outbreak was also reported at Our Lady of Peace, a retirement home in Albemarle County.

An outbreak among staff members at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail was also reported in mid-April.

No information has been provided about the new outbreak in a long-term care facility in the TJHD.

VDH said there are 257 outbreaks in the state, 150 in long-term care facilities. These facilities also account for 452 of the state’s 769 deaths attributed to the virus.

Fairfax County, the state’s most populous locality with more than 1.1 million people, has the most cases with 5,045 and 211 deaths.

There are coronavirus cases in 130 of Virginia’s 133 cities and counties. Only Bath, Bland and Dickenson counties don’t have cases. Dickenson County is on the border with Kentucky; Bath and Bland are on the border with West Virginia.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Paul Whelan contributed to this report.


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