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Virginia COVID-19 cases increase by 911 from Wednesday

Virginia COVID-19 cases increase by 911 from Wednesday

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RICHMOND — The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 88,904 — an increase of 911 from the 87,993 reported Wednesday.

The 88,904 cases consist of 85,546 confirmed cases and 3,358 probable cases. There are 2,141 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 2,035 confirmed and 106 probable. That’s an increase of 16 from the 2,125 reported Wednesday.

July 30 state COVID numbers

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 Thursday, the district had 2,618 confirmed COVID-19 cases — 1,037 in Harrisonburg, 883 in Rockingham, 246 in Augusta County, 165 in Waynesboro, 140 in Staunton, 65 in Rockbridge, 47 in Buena Vista, 28 in Lexington, four in Bath and three in Highland.

203 people in the district have been hospitalized including 93 in Rockingham, 79 in Harrisonburg, 10 in Staunton, eight in Augusta County, eight in Waynesboro, three in Buena Vista, one in Lexington and one in Rockbridge.

VDH reported 52 deaths in the Central Shenandoah District — 29 in Harrisonburg, 17 in Rockingham, four in Augusta County and two in Waynesboro.

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 26, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 20.8% on April 21.

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.

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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