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Portsmouth Health District now reporting highest COVID-19 test percent positivity rate in local region at 12.4%

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Posted at 10:24 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 10:36:15-04

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

According to their website, there are now 115,458 total cases, 110,437 of which are confirmed and 5,021 are probable. There are 2,515 total COVID-19 related deaths, with 2,382 being confirmed and 133 being probable.

The case numbers are up by 823, hospitalizations are up by 67 and deaths are up by 21 since Tuesday. Locally, our viewing area saw 10 deaths, 22 new hospitalizations and 157 new cases out of Virginia's total update.

A total of 1,502,521 COVID-19 PCR tests have now been given in Virginia. Portsmouth Health District is now reporting the highest test percent positivity rate in our area. For months, the Western Tidewater region lead our local area in highest percent positivity. Western Tidewater consists of Suffolk, Franklin and Isle of Wight County. Both regions are now reporting above a 12% positivity rate.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association also updated their numbers. As of Wednesday, there are 842 people currently being hospitalized, confirmed with COVID-19. There are 328 people receiving inpatient hospital care whose test results are still pending. Combined, there are a total of 1,170 being hospitalized for coronavirus related illness. That's 4 less hospitalizations from Tuesday.

The total statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations that have been reported over time is now 9,326.

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

145 hospital patients, both confirmed for coronavirus, and those with test results pending, are currently on a ventilator. 648 ventilators are being used in hospitals out of the 3,101 in the state - that's 21% usage.

14,682 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 TOTALS115,4588232,51521
ACCOMACK1,1361180
CHESAPEAKE3,62543452
FRANKLIN272360
GLOUCESTER189120
HAMPTON1,4839150
ISLE OF WIGHT4945100
JAMES CITY7171180
MATHEWS23000
NEWPORT NEWS2,16712210
NORFOLK4,26015473
NORTHAMPTON3030290
POQUOSON59100
PORTSMOUTH2,1427343
SOUTHAMPTON3352130
SUFFOLK1,57320590
VIRGINIA BEACH5,82133662
WILLIAMSBURG146060
YORK437450
LOCAL TOTALS25,18215739410

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