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Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 811 since Saturday

Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 811 since Saturday

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The Virginia Department of Health reported Sunday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 158,716 — an increase of 811 from the 157,905 reported Saturday.

The 158,716 cases consist of 149,631 confirmed cases and 9,085 probable cases. There are 3,358 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 3,120 confirmed and 238 probable. That’s an increase of four from the 3,354 reported Saturday.

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.

Locally, the Central Shenandoah Health District spans about 293,000 citizens through the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Rockingham, as well as the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro.

As of Sunday, the district had 6,122 confirmed COVID-19 cases — 2,829 in Harrisonburg, 1,622 in Rockingham, 569 in Augusta County, 332 in Waynesboro, 324 in Staunton, 173 in Lexington, 140 in Rockbridge, 106 in Buena Vista, 19 in Bath and eight in Highland.

280 people in the district have been hospitalized including 120 in Rockingham, 96 in Harrisonburg, 25 in Augusta County, 13 in Staunton, 10 in Waynesboro, seven in Rockbridge, five in Buena Vista, three in Lexington and one in Bath.

VDH reported 72 deaths in the Central Shenandoah District — 35 in Harrisonburg, 22 in Rockingham, seven in Augusta County, three in Waynesboro, three in Rockbridge, one in Lexington and one in Buena Vista.

Statewide, the total number of people hospitalized is 11,519, though the state dashboard notes that hospitalizations are underrepresented.

There are 1,124 outbreak cases, which make up 24,711 of Virginia’s total cases. The health department classifies an outbreak as at least two lab-confirmed cases.

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 4.6% as of Sunday’s VDH dashboard.

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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