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VDH: Coronavirus cases near 100,000 as death toll rises to 2,322

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Published: Aug. 8, 2020 at 9:30 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 99,189 total cases of coronavirus in the commonwealth as of Saturday morning. That’s up from 97,882 reported Friday, a 1,307-case increase. That’s down from the 2,015-case increase seen on Friday.

VDH says Friday’s increase was due to a data backlog from earlier in the week, and not a spike in cases. Friday’s figure included information that should have been reported Wednesday and Thursday of this week, as well as the regular numbers for Friday.

3,863 of the overall cases are considered “probable.”

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There are 2,322 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth, up from the 2,317 reported Friday. 1,219,165 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted, with a 7.5 percent positive rate over the last week, up from the 7.3 percent reported Friday.

1,258 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Saturday, down from Friday’s 1,372, with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19. 12,843 COVID patients have been released from hospitals in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic. That’s according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, which gets a daily report from hospitals around the commonwealth.

These hospital numbers are different from those reported by VDH, which only gathers hospitalization status at the time each case is investigated by VDH, and is an underrepresentation of Virginia hospitalizations.

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Any new confirmed cases from health departments throughout the state the rest of the day won’t show up until at least the following day on the state list, as the official numbers are only updated once a day, with a 5 p.m. cutoff each day for new cases to be reflected on the next day’s list.

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