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Percent positive rate remains steady among VA COVID tests

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Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 9:02 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 161,610 total cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth as of Wednesday, October 14, going back to the beginning of the pandemic in March. That’s up from 160,805 reported Tuesday, an 805-case increase, which is a smaller increase than the 1,235 new cases reported from Monday to Tuesday.

2,292,562 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted, with a 4.5 percent positive rate over the last week, the same as the percentage reported Monday and Tuesday.

9,571 of Virginia’s overall cases are considered “probable.”

There are 3,381 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 3,372 reported Tuesday.

1,007 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Wednesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19. That’s up from the 999 reported Tuesday. 18,747 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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