Virginia COVID-19 total cases pass 60,000

Virginia COVID-19 total cases pass 60,000

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The Virginia Department of Health reported Friday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 60,570 — an increase of 624 from the 59,946 reported Thursday.

The 60,570 cases consist of 57,977 confirmed cases and 2,593 probable cases. There are 1,700 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,596 confirmed and 104 probable. That’s an increase of 25 from the 1,675 reported Thursday.

The VDH defines probable COVID-19 cases as people who are symptomatic with a known exposure to COVID-19, but whose cases have not been confirmed with a positive test.

The state health department reported Friday there were 353 cases in the Central Virginia Health District: 132 in Lynchburg, 107 in Bedford County, 38 in Appomattox County, 35 in Amherst County and 41 in Campbell County. Nelson County, located in the Thomas Jefferson Health District, reported 18 cases. 

As the overall number of positive COVID-19 test results in Virginia grows, data from the VDH coronavirus dashboard shows the percentage of positive results from testing is down. The seven-day average for percentage of positive test results was at 5.8% as of June 22, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 22.2% on April 19.

State health officials have said there’s a lag in the reporting of statewide numbers on the VDH website. Figures on the website might not include cases or deaths reported by localities or local health districts.

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