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

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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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