Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virus deaths in Va. pass 4,000

State also reports a case increase of 2,718.

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The Virginia Department of Health reported Wednesday that the state’s cumulative total for COVID-19 cases during the pandemic is now up to 226,300 — an increase of 2,718 from Tuesday.

The 226,300 cases consist of 202,426 confirmed cases and 23,874 probable cases. There are 4,008 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 3,679 confirmed and 329 probable. That’s an increase of 29 from the 3,979 reported Tuesday.

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 14,312, though the VDH dashboard notes that hospitaliz­ations are underrepre­sented. According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Associatio­n, 23,625 people have been hospitaliz­ed for COVID- 19 and released.

In the Richmond area, there are 25,792 cases: 8,942 in Chesterfie­ld County, 8,047 in Henrico County, 6,491 in Richmond and 2,312 in Hanover County. Also, the region has 508 deaths attributed to the virus: 247 in Henrico, 128 in Chesterfie­ld, 81 in Richmond and 52 in Hanover.

There are 1,506 outbreaks, which make up 32,471 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 Tuesday at 7.5%.

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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