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Virginia reports 2,258 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, with a caveat

Virginia reports 2,258 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, with a caveat

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Virginia reported only 2,258 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, but state health officials said testing and case numbers were affected by surveillance system upgrades done over the weekend.

The new cases bring the state’s cumulative total since the beginning of the pandemic to 504,779, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

According to a notice posted on the health department’s online COVID-19 dashboard, system upgrades done on Saturday mean that Sunday’s case and testing numbers are probably artificially low, while Monday’s numbers likely will be higher than normal.

Over the prior seven days, the state had averaged 4,789 new cases a day.

As of Sunday morning, there had been 6,464 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia, an increase of 15 from Saturday.

Statewide, the total number of people hospitalized on Sunday was 21,409, an increase of 32 from Saturday, though the VDH website notes that hospitalizations are underrepresented.

In the Roanoke and New River regions, the largest single-day increases in cases reported Sunday were in Roanoke, with 99 new cases; Roanoke County, with 81; and Montgomery County, with 40.

As of Sunday, 688,561 people — or 8.1% of the state’s population — had received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the VDH dashboard. Of those 117,134 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses.

State health officials have said there’s a lag in the reporting of statewide COVID-19 numbers on the VDH’s website. Figures on the website might not include cases or deaths reported by localities or local health districts.

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