Over 4,500 new COVID-19 cases reported in 24 hours | Positivity rate decreased to 13.6%

Over 4,500 new COVID-19 cases reported in 24 hours | Positivity rate decreased to 13.6%
COVID-19 cases in Virginia. (Source: VDH)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Health Department reported 451,076 new COVID-19 cases in Virginia, a 4,526 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,” according to VDH.

The health department is also reporting 5,798 deaths and 20,066 hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

A total of 4,887,157 PCR tests have been given throughout the state. The 7-day PCR testing positivity rate decreased slightly to 13.6%.

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.

Fifteen new outbreaks were reported on Tuesday. The total in the state is now at 2,162.

A majority of the outbreaks are in long-term care facilities. There are currently 52,429 cases associated with the outbreaks.

VDH is also tracking outbreaks at the state’s public and private universities and colleges. Currently, there is only one outbreak reported at Marymount University.

Central VA Case Highlights:

  • Chesterfield: 16,897 cases, 647 hospitalizations, 193 deaths
  • Henrico: 16,396 cases, 739 hospitalizations, 319 deaths
  • Richmond: 11,529 cases, 605 hospitalizations, 118 deaths
  • Hanover: 5,235 cases, 207 hospitalizations, 83 deaths
  • Petersburg: 2,171 cases, 115 hospitalizations, 35 deaths
  • Goochland: 888 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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