New-case COVID increase drops in Virginia; positive test percentage and hospitalizations also down

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Published: Nov. 27, 2020 at 8:53 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 230,444 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Friday, November 27, going back to the beginning of the pandemic in March. That’s up 1,544 from the 228,900 reported Thursday, a smaller increase than Thursday’s 2,600 new cases.

As of Friday, there are 4,044 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning. That’s up from 4,029 reported Thursday.

Heading into the holiday season, Governor Northam announced new measures designed to curtail the spread of COVID-19, and is urging people to stick to small gatherings.

3,269,710 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted, with a 7.3 percent positive rate over the last week, down from the 7.4 percent reported Thursday.

1,593 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Friday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from 1,601 reported Thursday.

23,858 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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