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Newport News reports highest single day COVID-19 case increase since start of pandemic; Chesapeake's percent positivity reaches high of 15.2%

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Dec 22, 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 314,481 total cases, 268,472 of which are confirmed and 46,009 are probable. There are 4,705 total COVID-19 related deaths, with 4,221 being confirmed and 484 being probable. The case numbers are up by 3,591, and deaths are up by 51 since Monday.

A total of 3,993,232 COVID-19 PCR tests have now been given in Virginia.

The test percent positivity rates in Hampton Roads are as follows. All health districts except for the Eastern Shore Health District are reporting rates above the state average, which is 11.7 percent. Chesapeake's percent positivity continues to be the highest since the start of the pandemic.

  • Chesapeake: 15.2%
  • Eastern Shore: 10.6%
  • Hampton: 14.8%
  • Norfolk: 12.8%
  • Peninsula: 12.1%
  • Portsmouth: 14.6%
  • Virginia Beach: 14.3%
  • Western Tidewater: 12.3%

Newport News reported their highest single day increase ever on Tuesday.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association also updated their numbers. As of Tuesday, there are 2,166 people currently being hospitalized, confirmed with COVID-19. There are 342 people receiving inpatient hospital care whose test results are still pending. Combined, there are a total of 2,508 being hospitalized for coronavirus related illness. That's 135 additional hospitalizations from Monday.

The total statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations that have been reported over time is now 17,083.

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

279 hospital patients, both confirmed for coronavirus, and those with test results pending, are currently on a ventilator. 978 ventilators are being used in hospitals out of the 3,449 in the state - that's 32% usage.

28,175 patients who have been hospitalized for coronavirus have been discharged.

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

12/22/2020TOTAL CASESNEW CASES TODAYTOTAL HOSPITALIZEDNEW IN HOSPITAL TODAYTOTAL DEATHSNEW DEATHS TODAY
VIRGINIA TOTALS314,4813,59117,0831354,70551
ACCOMACK1,58831190250
CHESAPEAKE8,5471125873951
FRANKLIN6374340170
GLOUCESTER7481727170
HAMPTON3,93001860430
ISLE OF WIGHT1,36511710290
JAMES CITY1,59736920260
MATHEWS275614020
NEWPORT NEWS5,3151241923640
NORFOLK7,9884453541021
NORTHAMPTON4055540310
POQUOSON279915030
PORTSMOUTH3,991444061750
SOUTHAMPTON1,0953351400
SUFFOLK3,581292231890
VIRGINIA BEACH14,61918367921342
WILLIAMSBURG346-422080
YORK1,30630351100
LOCAL TOTALS57,6126563,326178004