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Number of COVID-19 hospital discharges increase in Virginia; total cases up by 836
Number of COVID-19 hospital discharges increase in Virginia; total cases up by 836

Number of COVID-19 hospital discharges increase in Virginia; total cases up by 836

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RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Tuesday a total of 128,407 COVID-19 cases in the state — a 836-case jump from Monday and a 6,792 case increase from a week ago.

Of Tuesday's numbers, 122,711 are confirmed and 5,696 are probable. Total deaths reached 2,686, which is two more than the day before. In the past week, there were a total of 74 deaths.

Total hospitalizations across the state hit 9,932, according to the VDH. But the VDH's COVID-19 dashboard says its figure underrepresents total number of hospitalizations in Virginia.

Figures from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association show that 1,051 people are currently hospitalized and almost 15,800 total have been hospitalized and discharged. The number of people discharged continues to increase as hospitalizations decrease.

Ventilator use is at 20% with almost 4,000 inpatient beds available.

There are 875 total outbreaks, which make up 18,348 of Virginia's cases.

The 7-day positivity test rate — the amount of positive tests out of total tests administered — dropped slightly to 7.5% which is lower than the April peak of 20.6% but higher than the low of 3.7%.

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 Tuesday, the district had 4,121 confirmed COVID-19 cases — 1,936 in Harrisonburg, 1,171 in Rockingham, 387 in Augusta County, 228 in Waynesboro, 182 in Staunton, 87 in Rockbridge, 76 in Buena Vista, 44 in Lexington, six in Highland and four in Bath.

246 people in the district have been hospitalized including 107 in Rockingham, 88 in Harrisonburg, 20 in Augusta County, 11 in Staunton, 10 in Waynesboro, four in Buena Vista, three in Rockbridge and three in Lexington.

VDH reported 63 deaths in the Central Shenandoah District — 33 in Harrisonburg, 20 in Rockingham, four in Augusta County, three in Waynesboro, one in Buena Vista, one in Lexington and one in Rockbridge.

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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