Virginia COVID case count rises by 1,088, deaths by 39 overnight

Published: Oct. 24, 2020 at 9:02 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 172,372 total cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth as of Saturday, October 24, going back to the beginning of the pandemic in March. That’s up from 171,284 reported Friday, a 1,088-case increase, which is a smaller increase than the 1,180 new cases reported from Thursday to Friday.

2,489,017 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted, with a 5.1 percent positive rate over the last week, up from the 5.0 percent reported Thursday and Friday.

11,529 of Virginia’s overall cases are considered “probable.”

There are 3,578 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 3,539 reported Friday.

979 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Saturday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from the 1,012 reported Friday. 19,455 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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