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Virginia COVID-19 cases increase by 1,002; percentage of positive tests up to 7.6%

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Friday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 75,433 — an increase of 1,002 from the 74,431 reported Thursday.

The 75,433 cases consist of 72,516 confirmed cases and 2,917 probable cases. There are 2,013 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,909 confirmed and 104 probable. That’s an increase of 6 from the 2,007 reported Thursday.

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 37 new cases in the region spanning from Albemarle County to Louisa County, for a total of 1,335 cases.

The 37 new cases includes the 14 new cases from July 16, that did not get reported in time to make the state data update. In the past 24 hours, 23 new cases were reported in the TJHD.

Albemarle County is now reporting 593 cases of COVID-19; the highest case count in the TJHD. The city of Charlottesville has reported 333 cases; Fluvanna County has 142 cases; Greene County has reported 92 cases; Louisa County has 147 cases and Nelson County has reported 28 cases.

Nelson County is the only locality in the TJHD that has had zero reported hospitalizations or fatalities.

113 hospitalizations have been reported in the health district, with Albemarle County having the highest hospitalization count: 42. Fluvanna County has the second-highest hospitalization count, with 27 reported. Charlottesville and Louisa have the third and fourth highest hospitalization counts, with 19 and 18, respectively. Greene County has had seven hospitalizations.

Of the region’s 1,335 cases, 690 have been reported in people between the ages of 20-49. In people between the ages of 50-69, 275 cases have been reported. The number of cases in people 80 and older in the health district has reached 124, while 93 cases have been detected in people between the ages of 70-79.

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 7.6% as of July 13, 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.

Today’s seven-day positivity rate for PCR testing encounters across the district is at 7.6% as of July 13; up from 7.4% from July 16, and down from 8.4% on July 15.

26,428 PCR testing encounters have been performed across the Thomas Jefferson Health District.

When combined with antibody testing encounters, which look for the presence of antibodies in a patient to determine if they’ve been exposed to the virus, there have been 29,577 testing encounters performed across the TJHD. The combined seven-day positivity rate for all testing encounters across the district sits at 7.2%.

Across Virginia, there have been 559 reported outbreaks, with 19 reported in the TJHD. To date, 260 cases have been associated with an outbreak in the health district, with 88 cases detected in healthcare workers.

Statewide, there are 12,804 cases linked to an outbreak, with 4,558 cases detected in healthcare workers.

Eight outbreaks have been detected in long-term care facilities, seven in congregate settings and two outbreaks each in correctional facilities and 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.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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