Over 7,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in 24 hours | Positivity rate decreased to 14.0%

Health Dept. cites ‘exposures during the holidays’

Over 7,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in 24 hours | Positivity rate decreased to 14.0%
COVID-19 cases in Virginia. (Source: VDH)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Health Department reported 446,550 COVID-19 cases in Virginia, a 7,245 case increase in the past 24 hours.

A nearly 10,000 case increase was reported on Sunday and is likely due to “exposures during the holidays.”

The health department is also reporting 5,739 deaths and 19,982 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 guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

A total of 4,852,729 PCR tests have been given throughout the state. The 7-day PCR testing positivity rate decreased slightly to 14.0%.

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.

One new outbreak was reported on Monday. The total in the state is now at 2,147.

A majority of the outbreaks are in long-term care facilities. There are currently 51,972 cases associated with the outbreaks.

Central VA Case Highlights:

  • Chesterfield: 16,641 cases, 646 hospitalizations, 193 deaths
  • Henrico: 16,163 cases, 736 hospitalizations, 316 deaths
  • Richmond: 11,416 cases, 603 hospitalizations, 118 deaths
  • Hanover: 5,171 cases, 205 hospitalizations, 83 deaths
  • Petersburg: 2,125 cases, 115 hospitalizations, 35 deaths
  • Goochland: 877 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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