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77 people in Virginia test positive for COVID-19, Northam says

77 people in Virginia test positive for COVID-19, Northam says

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks at a press conference in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 

Virginia health officials said Wednesday that 77 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 and another 65 tests are pending.

The 77 cases represents an increase of 10 from the 67 cases reported at about the same time Tuesday, although a shortage of tests means the real number of cases is higher. There are now 12 cases in the Richmond area.

None of the 77 positive cases are in the southwest region of the state, which includes Lynchburg.

State Health Commissioner Norman Oliver said there are three ongoing outbreaks in the state, meaning clusters of cases traced back to a single positive case — one in James City County, and two in the Richmond area.

The governor also said the budget will almost certainly be revised ahead of the April 22 veto session.

“We’ll be making adjustments as needed depending on what the economy is doing with our budget,” Northam said.

The Virginia Department of Health said Wednesday that 1,278 people in Virginia have been tested.

Here are the COVID-19 cases by locality, according to the VDH website:

14 — Arlington County

14 — Fairfax County

13 — James City County

5 — Chesterfield County

5 — Loudoun County

4 — Prince William County

4 — Virginia Beach

3 — Richmond

2 — Alexandria

2 — Henrico County

2 — Stafford County

1 — Charles City County

1 — Charlottesville

1 — Goochland County

1 — Hanover County

1 — Harrisonburg

1 — Prince Edward County

1 — Spotsylvania County

1 — Williamsburg

1 — York County

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