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Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 861 from Monday; positivity rate dips below 7%

RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Tuesday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 108,282 — an increase of 861 from the 107,421 reported Monday.

The 108,282 cases consist of 103,809 confirmed cases and 4,473 probable cases. There are 2,396 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 2,278 confirmed and 118 probable. That’s an increase of 11 from the 2,385 reported Monday.

On Tuesday, the Thomas Jefferson Health District reported 19 new cases and three new hospitalizations. No new fatalities were reported.

To date, there have been 2,153 cases diagnosed in the TJHD, 155 reported hospitalizations and 44 fatalities.

Albemarle County added three new cases to its count, marking a total of 916 cases in the county. There have been 59 hospitalizations reported.

The city of Charlottesville added one new case to its count on Tuesday, for a total of 561 reported cases. 26 hospitalizations have been reported in the city.

Fluvanna County also added one new case to its count, with a total of 203 cases reported. There have been 33 hospitalizations reported in Fluvanna.

Greene County’s case count jumped by three, for a total of 182 reported cases. There have been nine hospitalizations reported in Greene County.

Louisa County had the most new cases reported on Tuesday, with 215 cases reported in the county. To date, there have been 25 hospitalizations reported.

Nelson County added five new cases to its case count, marking a total of 75 cases. It remains the only locality in the TJHD without any reported fatalities. One new hospitalization was reported in Nelson County, for a total of three hospitalizations reported.

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 383 cases diagnosed in people in their 20s, 389 in people in their 30s and 320 in people in their 40s.

In younger age groups, there have been 99 cases reported in children between the ages of 0-9, and 183 reported cases in people between the ages of 10-19.

There have been 777 cases reported in people between the ages of 50-80+. No new cases were reported on Tuesday in people 70 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 6.8% as of Aug. 14, 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 region has increased to 6.4%. To date, 42,770 PCR testing encounters have been performed across the health district. When combined with the number of all testing encounters, including antibody testing, there have been 46,436 total testing encounters performed.

Out of the region’s 24 outbreaks, 431 cases have been outbreak-associated. To date, 157 cases have been detected in the region’s healthcare workers. Across Virginia, 15,970 cases have been linked to the state’s 751 outbreaks, while 6,090 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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