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COVID-19: Percent positive rate in Virginia remains steady Thursday

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Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 8:56 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 148,721 total cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth as of Thursday, October 1, going back to the beginning of the pandemic in March. That’s up from 148,271 reported Wednesday, a 450-case increase, which is a smaller increase than the 755 new cases reported from Tuesday to Wednesday.

2,074,236 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted, with a 4.5 percent positive rate over the last week, the same as reported Wednesday.

7,731 of Virginia’s overall cases are considered “probable.”

There are 3,228 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 3,208 reported Wednesday.

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913 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Thursday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19. That’s up from the 908 reported Wednesday. 17,713 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 under-representation 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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