New-case COVID count drops in Virginia; positive new-case percentage rises

Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 244,503 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Thursday, December 3, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March. That’s up 2,023 from the 242,480 reported Wednesday, a smaller increase than Wednesday’s 2,417 new cases.

3,361,001 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted, with an 8.8 percent positive rate over the last week, up from 8.3 reported Wednesday.

As of Thursday, there are 4,147 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning. That’s up from 4,113 reported Wednesday.

1,853 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Thursday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from 1,860 reported Wednesday.

24,782 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.

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.

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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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