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More than 20K COVID-19 patients discharged as Virginia's test positivity rate continues to rise

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Oct 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 13:21:19-04

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

According to their website, there are now 181,190 total cases, 167,703 of which are confirmed and 13,487 are probable. There are 3,654 total COVID-19 related deaths, with 3,398 being confirmed and 256 being probable. The case numbers are up by 1,551, hospitalizations are up by 93 and deaths are up by 11 since Friday.

A total of 2,626,052 COVID-19 PCR tests have now been given in Virginia.

Local health districts are reporting test percent positivity rates under 5%, including Chesapeake (4.4%), the Eastern Shore Health District (3.5%), Hampton (4.2%), the Peninsula Health District (3.6%), Portsmouth (3.4%), Virginia Beach (4.6%) and the Western Tidewater Health District (4.6%). Norfolk is reporting 5.5% positivity, and is the only local area reporting a percent positivity rate above 5%.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association also updated their numbers. As of Saturday, there are 753 people currently being hospitalized, confirmed with COVID-19. There are 273 people receiving inpatient hospital care whose test results are still pending. Combined, there are a total of 1,026 being hospitalized for coronavirus related illness.

104 hospital patients, both confirmed for coronavirus, and those with test results pending, are currently on a ventilator. 817 ventilators are being used in hospitals out of the 2,931 in the state - that's 28% usage.

20,008 patients who have been hospitalized for coronavirus have been discharged.

Here's a breakdown of cases in local areas:

TOTAL CASESNEW CASES TODAYTOTAL DEATHSNEW DEATHS TODAY
ACCOMACK1,2234190
CHESAPEAKE5,01038790
FRANKLIN5071130
GLOUCESTER355330
HAMPTON2,16316331
ISLE OF WIGHT8824260
JAMES CITY9672220
MATHEWS137000
NEWPORT NEWS3,26619510
NORFOLK5,49348840
NORTHAMPTON3200310
POQUOSON101320
PORTSMOUTH2,8635690
SOUTHAMPTON9363380
SUFFOLK2,34521780
VIRGINIA BEACH8,11962107-1
WILLIAMSBURG223480
YORK658890
LOCAL TOTALS35,5682416721