Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virus in Virginia

State is averaging over 2,300 cases a day.

- From staff reports

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,417 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the state’s total during the pandemic to 242,480 cases. The new cases bring the seven-day average to more than 2,300 new cases daily.

Last week, there was an average of almost 2,600 cases per day, marking a state record since the start of the pandemic.

Of the 242,480 cases, 214,386 cases were confirmed and 28,094 were deemed probable, meaning the person is symptomati­c with a known exposure to COVID-19 but has not yet received a positive test result.

The total death count on Wednesday was 4,113, a 20-person increase from Tuesday.

Statewide, the total number of people who have been hospitaliz­ed is 14,883, though the VDH’s online dashboard notes that hospitaliz­ations are underrepre­sented. According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Associatio­n, 24,620 people have been hospitaliz­ed for COVID-19 and released and 1,860 people are currently hospitaliz­ed with COVID or have COVID results pending.

Richmond has had 6,803 cases, 507 hospitaliz­ations and 82 deaths, with nearly 30% of cases coming from the 20-29 age group.

The Chesterfie­ld Health District, which includes Chesterfie­ld County, Powhatan County and Colonial Heights, has had 10,480 cases, 568 hospitaliz­ations and 163 deaths.

Henrico County has had 8,549 cases, 601 hospitaliz­ations and 255 deaths. Hanover County has 2,494 cases, 163 hospitaliz­ations and 54 deaths.

There have been 1,546 outbreaks, making up 34,161 of the state case count. Longterm care facilities are about 46% of those cases. The Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfie­ld health districts have had the most outbreaks in the state, with the exception of Fairfax. The VDH classifies an outbreak as at least two lab-confirmed cases.

VDH shows the percentage of positive results from testing is 8.3%, the highest since the end of August. Last week, the positivity rate was 7.5%. A month ago, it was 6.0%. All are down from the state’s peak of 20.6% in April but up from the lowest: 3.7% in March.

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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