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Local area reports zero COVID-19 deaths from Sunday; Virginia seeing steady decrease in test percent positivity

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Posted at 10:26 AM, Sep 21, 2020

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

According to their website, there are now 141,138 total cases, 134,301 of which are confirmed and 6,837 are probable. There are 3,021 total COVID-19 related deaths, with 2,816 being confirmed and 205 being probable.

The case numbers are up by 627, and deaths are up by 6 since Sunday. There were no coronavirus related deaths reported in our viewing area from the state's total. The VDH says this is the last expected day of logging backlogged deaths. "VDH is working diligently to identify COVID-19 related deaths through vital record death certificate information. A backlog of death data is expected to be added from September 15 through September 21." There were 94 local cases from the state's update which made up 14.9% of the total increase.

A total of 1,898,637 COVID-19 PCR tests have now been given in Virginia. Virginia's percent positivity rate when it comes to testing for the virus has been seeing a steady decrease over the month of September. At the beginning of the month, the rate was sitting at a 7.7%, now the number is at 5.7%, with the last 9 updates being reported as a decrease in percent. Norfolk has seen a significant decrease and is now reporting a rate of 3.8%.

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The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association also updated their numbers. As of Monday, there are 652 people currently being hospitalized, confirmed with COVID-19. There are 343 people receiving inpatient hospital care whose test results are still pending. Combined, there are a total of 995 being hospitalized for coronavirus related illness. That's 56 more hospitalizations from Sunday.

The total statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations that have been reported over time is now 10,613.

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

106 hospital patients, both confirmed for coronavirus, and those with test results pending, are currently on a ventilator. 610 ventilators are being used in hospitals out of the 3,089 in the state - that's 20% usage.

16,903 patients who have been hospitalized for coronavirus have been discharged.

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

TOTAL CASESNEW CASES TODAYTOTAL DEATHSNEW DEATHS TODAY
VIRGINIA TOTALS141,1386273,0216
ACCOMACK1,1671190
CHESAPEAKE4,21214680
FRANKLIN387290
GLOUCESTER228020
HAMPTON1,7822210
ISLE OF WIGHT7025170
JAMES CITY8313190
MATHEWS37000
NEWPORT NEWS2,6817330
NORFOLK4,7450680
NORTHAMPTON3050310
POQUOSON76020
PORTSMOUTH2,5253530
SOUTHAMPTON57537220
SUFFOLK1,8974710
VIRGINIA BEACH6,65612790
WILLIAMSBURG175070
YORK532460
LOCAL TOTALS29,513945270

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