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Virginia COVID-19 cases increase by 999 since Tuesday; percentage positivity at 7.1%

Virginia COVID-19 cases increase by 999 since Tuesday; percentage positivity at 7.1%

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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 Wednesday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 87,993 — an increase 999 from the 86,994 reported Tuesday.

The 87,993 cases consist of 84,700 confirmed cases and 3,293 probable cases. There are 2,125 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 2,020 confirmed and 105 probable. That’s an increase of 30 from the 2,095 reported Tuesday.

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 10,705 cases: 3,829 in Chesterfield County, 3,466 in Henrico County, 2,831 in Richmond and 579 in Hanover County.

Also, the region has 315 deaths attributed to the virus: 177 in Henrico, 69 in Chesterfield, 39 in Richmond and 30 in Hanover.

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 7.1% as of July 25, 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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