Nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Va. Sunday

Health Dept. cites ‘exposures during the holidays’

Nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Va. Sunday
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases throughout the commonwealth on Sunday. (Source: Virginia Department of Health)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Officials with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) say a nearly 10,000 case increase reported Sunday is likely due to “exposures during the holidays.”

The additional 9,914 cases reported brings the state’s total to 439,305. The health department is also reporting, 5,729 deaths and 19,913 hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

“Today’s increase is likely due to exposures during the holidays, similar to after Thanksgiving,” officials said in a statement. “VDH reminds Virginians to be vigilant and use the recommended guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

A total of 4,807,396 PCR tests have been given throughout the state. The 7-day PCR testing positivity rate decreased slightly to 14.2%.

VDH uses the number of new cases per 100,000 population to describe new infections, not positive tests per 100,000 population because some people will be tested more than once.

Nineteen new outbreaks were reported Sunday. The total in the state is now at 2,146.

A majority of the outbreaks are in long-term care facilities. There are currently 51,748 cases associated with the outbreaks.

Central VA Case Highlights:

  • Chesterfield: 16,327 cases, 645 hospitalizations, 193 deaths
  • Henrico: 15,877 cases, 728 hospitalizations, 316 deaths
  • Richmond: 11,231 cases, 601 hospitalizations, 118 deaths
  • Hanover: 5,079 cases, 203 hospitalizations, 83 deaths
  • Petersburg: 2,049 cases, 115 hospitalizations, 35 deaths
  • Goochland: 844 cases, 36 hospitalizations, 7 deaths

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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