900 new COVID-19 cases reported | Virginia’s positivity rate increases to 5%

900 new COVID-19 cases reported | Virginia’s positivity rate increases to 5%
The Virginia Department of Health reported 166,138 COVID-19 cases and 3,433 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, Oct. 18. (Source: Virginia Department of Health)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 166,138 total positive coronavirus tests throughout the state Sunday, a 900 case increase from Saturday.

The state totals stand at 3,433 deaths with 11,861 hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

A total of 2,571,681 tests have been given throughout the state. The 7-day PCR testing positivity rate is now at 5 percent, a slight increase from the previous day. At the peak of the pandemic, that figure was more than 20 percent.

Eleven new outbreaks were reported on Sunday. The total number is now at 1,159. Between Oct. 11-17, 30 outbreaks were reported in the state.

A majority of the outbreaks are in long-term care facilities. There are currently 25,774 cases associated with the outbreaks, including 9,843 healthcare workers.

Central VA Case Highlights:

  • Chesterfield: 6,679 cases, 393 hospitalizations, 99 deaths
  • Henrico: 5,962 cases, 472 hospitalizations, 222 deaths
  • Richmond: 5,100 cases, 441 hospitalizations, 64 deaths
  • Hanover: 1,531 cases, 111 hospitalizations, 40 deaths
  • Petersburg: 867 cases, 79 hospitalizations, 29 deaths
  • Goochland: 309 cases, 29 hospitalizations, 7 deaths

There was one COVID-19 death reported in the City of Richmond on Sunday, Oct. 18.

The numbers reported by the Virginia Health Department are only updated once a day. See the full daily summary and breakdown here.

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