COVID-related hospitalizations down in Virginia; positive test percentage also drops

Published: Oct. 20, 2020 at 9:04 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 167,754 total cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth as of Tuesday, October 20, going back to the beginning of the pandemic in March. That’s up from 166,828 reported Monday, a 926-case increase, which is a bigger increase than the 690 new cases reported from Sunday to Monday.

2,411,940 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted, with a 4.8 percent positive rate over the last week, down from the 5.0 percent reported Monday.

10,541 of Virginia’s overall cases are considered “probable.”

There are 3,485 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 3,457 reported Monday.

937 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Tuesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from the 972 reported Monday. 19,170 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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