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Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 2,583 over the weekend

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 107,421 — an increase of 2,583 from the 104,838 reported Friday.

The 107,421 cases consist of 103,016 confirmed cases and 4,405 probable cases. There are 2,385 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 2,268 confirmed and 117 probable. That’s an increase of 15 from the 2,370 reported Friday.

Locally, 18 new cases were reported on Monday in the Thomas Jefferson Health District. No new fatalities or hospitalizations were reported on Monday.

Over the weekend, three new hospitalizations were reported, marking a total of 152 hospitalizations across the health district.

Albemarle County now has 913 reported cases, with 58 hospitalizations. Seven new cases were reported in the county on Monday.

The city of Charlottesville has the region’s second-highest case count, with 560 reported cases and 26 hospitalizations. No new cases were reported in the city on Monday.

Fluvanna County has 203 reported cases with 33 hospitalizations.

Greene County now has 179 reported cases and eight hospitalizations.

Louisa County has 209 reported cases with 25 hospitalizations. Students in Louisa County Public Schools returned to school last week, with a mix of in-person and virtual schooling.

Nelson County remains the only locality in the TJHD without any reported fatalities. The county has 70 reported cases with two hospitalizations. On August 10, there were only 49 reported cases. 21 new cases were added to the county’s case counts within the last week.

To date, the majority of the region’s cases have been detected in people between the ages of 20-49. In that specific group, there have been 380 cases diagnosed in people in their 20s, 385 in people in their 30s and 213 in people in their 40s.

In younger age groups, there have been 98 cases reported in children between the ages of 0-9, and 181 reported cases in people between the ages of 10-19.

There have been 773 cases reported in people between the ages of 50-80+.

The majority of the region’s hospitalizations have been reported in people between the ages of 60-80+, but younger people have been hospitalized across the district as well. To date, one hospitalization was reported in a child between the ages of 0-9; two hospitalizations in people between the ages of 10-19; three in people in their 20s; 13 in people in their 40s; 20 in people in their 40s and 19 in people in their 50s.

To date, there have been no fatalities reported in people under the age of 49. The majority of the region’s fatalities have been reported in people 80 and older.

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.

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% as of Aug. 13, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 20.8% on April 21.

The current seven-day PCR positivity rate for the health district is at 6.1%, with 42,462 PCR testing encounters reported. The number of COVID-19 tests available in the health district has increased substantially, but doctors and public health officials are watching the numbers closely to ensure that supplies will last.

To date, there have been 46,124 testing encounters performed across the health district, including antibody tests.

There were four new outbreaks reported across the health district over the weekend, marking a total of 24 outbreaks across the region.

Three new outbreaks were reported in long-term care facilities in the region, including a second outbreak at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. A new outbreak was also reported at The Colonnades in Albemarle County.

An outbreak at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail was also reported over the weekend. Last week, it was reported that four inmates had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. As of Aug. 13, the TJHD reported that there were four incarcerated people on-site and an additional staff member had tested positive for the virus. To date, five staff members at the ACRJ have contracted the virus.

Out of the region’s outbreaks, 431 cases have been outbreak-associated. To date, 157 cases have been detected in the region’s healthcare workers. Across Virginia, 15,877 cases have been linked to the state’s 742 outbreaks, while 6,027 cases have been detected 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.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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