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Virginia reports highest single-day COVID-19 case increase since start of pandemic; Hampton Roads reports 20% of state's increase

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 13:03:25-05

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

According to their website, there are now 319,133 total cases, 271,811 of which are confirmed and 47,322 are probable. There are 4,760 total COVID-19 related deaths, with 4,251 being confirmed and 509 being probable. The case numbers are up by 4,652, and deaths are up by 55 since Tuesday.

A total of 4,029,903 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 11.6 percent. Chesapeake's percent positivity continues to be the highest since the start of the pandemic.

  • Chesapeake: 14.9%
  • Eastern Shore: 9.8%
  • Hampton: 14.8%
  • Norfolk: 12.9%
  • Peninsula: 11.6%
  • Portsmouth: 14.4%
  • Virginia Beach: 13.7%
  • Western Tidewater: 11.9%

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association also updated their numbers. As of Wednesday, there are 2,232 people currently being hospitalized, confirmed with COVID-19. There are 354 people receiving inpatient hospital care whose test results are still pending. Combined, there are a total of 2,586 being hospitalized for coronavirus related illness. That's 78 additional hospitalizations from Tuesday.

The total statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations that have been reported over time is now 17,271.

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

290 hospital patients, both confirmed for coronavirus, and those with test results pending, are currently on a ventilator. 982 ventilators are being used in hospitals out of the 3,017 in the state - that's 33% usage.

28,330 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
ACCOMACK1,60416250
CHESAPEAKE8,659112961
FRANKLIN6436170
GLOUCESTER7843670
HAMPTON3,98858430
ISLE OF WIGHT1,38116290
JAMES CITY1,63134271
MATHEWS2861131
NEWPORT NEWS5,40186651
NORFOLK8,1501621042
NORTHAMPTON4105310
POQUOSON284530
PORTSMOUTH4,04554761
SOUTHAMPTON1,0994411
SUFFOLK3,63554890
VIRGINIA BEACH14,8592401406
WILLIAMSBURG348280
YORK1,33428111
LOCAL TOTALS58,54192981515