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Virginia COVID-19 cases increase by 911 from Wednesday

Virginia COVID-19 cases increase by 911 from Wednesday

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positivity August 7

A screenshot from the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard on August 7, 2020, show the total testing encounters (dark blue bar), positive testing encounters (light blue bar) and the 7-day moving average for percent positivity (yellow line). The graphic indicates that the percentage of positive results dropped as testing has steadily increased.

The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 88,904 — an increase of 911 from the 87,993 reported Wednesday.

The 88,904 cases consist of 85,546 confirmed cases and 3,358 probable cases. There are 2,141 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 2,035 confirmed and 106 probable. That’s an increase of 16 from the 2,125 reported Wednesday.

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.

In the Richmond area, there are 10,826 cases: 3,877 in Chesterfield County, 3,509 in Henrico County, 2,857 in Richmond and 583 in Hanover County.

Also, the region has 317 deaths attributed to the virus: 178 in Henrico, 71 in Chesterfield, 38 in Richmond and 30 in Hanover.

As the overall number of positive COVID-19 test results in Virginia grows, VDH data shows the percentage of positive results from testing is down. The seven-day average for percentage of positive test results was at 7.2% as of July 26, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 20.8% on April 21.

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.

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