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Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 805 from Tuesday

Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 805 from Tuesday

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The Virginia Department of Health reported Wednesday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 161,610 — an increase of 805 from the 160,805 reported Tuesday.

The 161,610 cases consist of 152,039 confirmed cases and 9,571 probable cases. There are 3,381 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 3,141 confirmed and 240 probable. That’s an increase of 9 from the 3,372 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 11,628, although the VDH dashboard notes that hospitalizations are underrepresented.

There are 1,137 outbreak cases, which make up 25,194 of Virginia’s total cases. The VDH classifies an outbreak as at least two lab-confirmed cases.

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 4.6% as of Oct. 10, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH.

One week ago, on Oct. 7, the seven-day average was 4.8%.

The peak was 20.8% on April 21.

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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