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Local area reports 14 hospitalizations, 2 deaths from Sunday; COVID-19 test positivity rate continues to trend down statewide

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Posted at 11:14 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 11:28:35-04

The Virginia Department of Health released their daily updated numbers involving COVID-19 cases within the state.

According to their website, there are now 113,630 total cases, 108,767 of which are confirmed and 4,863 are probable. There are 2,471 total COVID-19 related deaths, with 2,352 being confirmed and 119 being probable.

The case numbers are up by 664, and deaths are up by 4 since Sunday. In our local Virginia viewing area, there were 153 new cases, 14 hospitalizations and 2 deaths from Sunday. Nearly half of Virginia's 31 new hospitalizations reported from Sunday were in our viewing area. Half the deaths reported from yesterday were in our area as well with one in Portsmouth and one in Chesapeake. Our viewing area made up 23% of the daily case increase.

A total of 1,479,117 COVID-19 PCR tests have now been given in Virginia. Virginia's COVID-19 test percent positivity continues to trickle down, and currently sits at 6.4%. Most of Hampton Roads and surrounding cities also are continuing to see a decrease in percent positivity. The Western Tidewater Region, which consists of Suffolk, Franklin and Isle of Wight, is still reporting the highest test positivity rate within our area with it currently being as 12.4%. Earlier this month, Western Tidewater reported a 14.4% positivity rate. Within 20 days, the region has seen a 2% decrease.

With schools expecting to start next month, many local parents are still waiting on school leaders to inform them further on the steps they will be taking to ensure a successful learning experience. News 3 has local, health and preparation resources in order to keep parents informed and ready for September. Click here to see our list of 'Back to School' resources.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association also updated their numbers. As of Monday, there are 820 people currently being hospitalized, confirmed with COVID-19. There are 307 people receiving inpatient hospital care whose test results are still pending. Combined, there are a total of 1,127 being hospitalized for coronavirus related illness. That's 28 less hospitalizations from Saturday.

The total statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations that have been reported over time is now 9,207.

256 confirmed positive patients, and those whose test results are pending, are currently hospitalized in the ICU.

134 hospital patients, both confirmed for coronavirus, and those with test results pending, are currently on a ventilator. 588 ventilators are being used in hospitals out of the 3,086 in the state - that's 19% usage.

14,482 patients who have been hospitalized for coronavirus have been discharged.

Here's the breakdown of confirmed cases in local areas:

TOTAL CASESNEW CASES TODAYTOTAL DEATHSNEW DEATHS TODAY
VIRGINIA TOTALS113,6306642,4714
ACCOMACK1,1350180
CHESAPEAKE3,56441431
FRANKLIN264460
GLOUCESTER188220
HAMPTON1,4639110
ISLE OF WIGHT4857100
JAMES CITY71211170
MATHEWS23000
NEWPORT NEWS2,14515200
NORFOLK4,1640430
NORTHAMPTON3030290
POQUOSON57100
PORTSMOUTH2,0860311
SOUTHAMPTON3312130
SUFFOLK1,5459590
VIRGINIA BEACH5,73946640
WILLIAMSBURG145160
YORK432550
LOCAL TOTALS24,7811533772

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