Richmond Times-Dispatch

COVID-19 cases in Virginia increase by 1,521, deaths by 17

- From staff reports

The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 198,027 — an increase of 1,521 from the 196,506 reported Wednesday.

The 198,027 cases consist of 180,623 confirmed cases and 17,404 probable cases. There are 3,758 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 3,490 confirmed and 268 probable. That’s an increase of 17 from the 3,741 reported Wednesday.

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.

Statewide, the total number of people hospitaliz­ed is 13,339, though the VDH dashboard notes that hospitaliz­ations are underrepre­sented. According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Associatio­n, 22,002 people have been hospitaliz­ed for COVID-19 and released.

In the Richmond area, there are 22,819 cases: 7,924 in Chesterfie­ld

County, 7,094 in Henrico County, 5,871 in Richmond and 1,930 in Hanover County. Also, the region has 488 deaths attributed to the virus: 242 in Henrico, 121 in Chesterfie­ld, 78 in Richmond and 47 in Hanover.

There are 1,383 outbreaks, which make up 29,737 of Virginia’s total cases. The VDH classifies an outbreak as at least two lab-confirmed cases.

Data from the VDH coronaviru­s dashboard shows the percentage of positive results from testing is up from Wednesday at 6.5%.

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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