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 Friday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 89,888 — an increase of 984 from the 88,904 reported Thursday.

The 89,888 cases consist of 86,501 confirmed cases and 3,387 probable cases. There are 2,174 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 2,067 confirmed and 107 probable. That’s an increase of 33 from the 2,141 reported Thursday.

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 10,955 cases: 3,937 in Chesterfield County, 3,541 in Henrico County, 2,893 in Richmond and 584 in Hanover County.

Also, the region has 322 deaths attributed to the virus: 180 in Henrico, 72 in Chesterfield, 39 in Richmond and 31 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 7.2% as of July 27, 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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