COVID in Virginia: Hospitalizations, positive test percentage down

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 8:56 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 213,331 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Friday, November 20, going back to the beginning of the pandemic in March. That’s up 2,544 from the 210,787 reported Thursday, a bigger increase than Thursday’s 1,954 new cases.

As of Thursday, there are 3,912 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning. 3,896 were reported Thursday.

Governor Northam last week announced new measures designed to curtail the spread of COVID-19, and is urging people to stick to small gatherings, especially for traditional events such as Thanksgiving. He encourages a virtual Thanksgiving, using forums such as Zoom.

3,035,632 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted, with a 7.0 percent positive rate over the last week, down from the 7.1 percent reported Thursday.

1,510 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Friday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from 1,569 reported Thursday.

22,946 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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