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Virginia COVID-19 cases increases by more than 1,000 for second time this week; three new deaths reported in TJHD

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday a total of 123,668 COVID cases — a 1,126-case jump from Wednesday.

Of those, 118,190 are confirmed and 5,478 are probable. Total deaths reached 2,652, which is 11 more than Wednesday.

Locally, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported three new fatalities, one new hospitalization and 47 new cases on Thursday. To date, there have been 2,562 cases reported since March.

In Albemarle County, eight new cases were reported, for a total of 1,060 cases. One new hospitalization was reported in the county, as well as one fatality. There are now 68 hospitalizations and 19 fatalities reported in the county.

The city of Charlottesville had the region’s largest amount of newly reported cases: 33. To date, there have been 732 cases reported since March. Two new fatalities were reported, bringing the city’s total to 22 fatalities.

Two new cases were reported in Fluvanna County, which now has a total of 229 cases, 35 hospitalizations and nine fatalities.

No new cases, hospitalizations or fatalities were reported in Greene County on Wednesday. To date, there have been 199 cases, 10 hospitalizations and three fatalities associated with the novel coronavirus.

Three new cases were reported in Louisa County. There have been a total of 255 cases, 28 hospitalizations and three fatalities reported since March.

One new case was reported in Nelson County. Nelson is the only locality that has not reported any fatalities, and has the region’s lowest case count: 87. Three hospitalizations have been reported.

The University of Virginia’s COVID-19 Dashboard reported on Thursday afternoon that there are now 174 total positive cases of COVID-19 in the UVa community, including faculty, staff, students and contract employees. Of those 174 cases, 135 cases are in students. There were 18 new cases reported.

There have been 17,652 negative student pre-arrival tests performed, with 60 positive tests. Currently, 6% of UVa’s quarantine rooms are occupied.

The UVa Health Hospital statistics dashboard also updated, noting that there was one new COVID-19 hospitalization reported on Sept. 2. Currently the average time it takes the UVa Health Hospital Testing Lab to complete lab tests is around 16 hours.

The majority of the region’s 56 fatalities have been reported in people 80 and older, with a total of 35 fatalities reported. There have been 14 fatalities reported in people between the ages of 70-79, five in people in their 60s and two in people in their 50s. There have been no reported fatalities in anybody under the age of 49.

To date, there have been 113 cases reported in children between the ages of 0-9; 320 in people between the ages of 10-19; 488 in people between the ages of 20-29 —the largest group of cases in the entire health district—; 433 cases in people between the ages of 30-39; 364 in people between the ages of 40-49; 286 in people between the ages of 50-59; 217 in people in their 60s; 156 cases in people in their 70s and 182 in people 80 and older.

Figures from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association show that 1,130 people are currently hospitalized, 16 more than Wednesday. Almost 15,400 people have been hospitalized and discharged. Ventilator use is at 20% with more than 3,400 inpatient beds available.

From the start of the coronavirus outbreak in Virginia, more than 1.6 million COVID-19 tests have been administered. A total of 1.73 million have been conducted, including antibody testing, which records a person’s potential for immunity. The positivity rate – the percentage of tests that come back positive – has remained at 7.7%.

Locally, there have been 50,112 PCR testing encounters performed across the health district. As of Aug. 30, the current seven-day PCR positivity rate is 7.1%. When combined with the region’s total testing efforts, including antibody testing, 53,996 testing encounters have been performed with a 7.3% positivity rate.

Across Virginia, there are 853 total outbreaks – 8 more than reported Wednesday. An outbreak is defined as at least two lab confirmed cases. Long term care facilities make up nearly 50% of outbreaks and almost 9,500 of the state’s case count. Correctional facilities have the next-highest amount of outbreaks and account for 4,101 of the state case count.

Locally, there have been 27 outbreaks reported. There have been 13 reported outbreaks in long-term care facilities across the region, eight outbreaks in congregate settings, three outbreaks in correctional facilities, two outbreaks in educational settings and one outbreak in a healthcare setting.

There have been 466 outbreak-associated cases in the TJHD. To date, there have been 184 reported cases in the region’s healthcare workers.

Across the state, there have been 17,947 outbreak-associated cases. 6,990 cases have been reported in the state’s healthcare workers.


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