COVID hospitalizations down in Virginia; new-case count also drops

The percentage of positive new-case tests is up
Washoe County coronavirus cases updated daily.
Washoe County coronavirus cases updated daily.(MGN)
Published: Nov. 24, 2020 at 10:30 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 223,582 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Tuesday, November 24, going back to the beginning of the pandemic in March. That’s up 2,544 from the 221,038 reported Monday, a smaller increase than Monday’s 3,242 new cases.

As of Tuesday, there are 3,979 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning. That’s up from 3,942 reported Monday.

Heading into Thanksgiving, Governor Northam has announced new measures designed to curtail the spread of COVID-19, and is urging people to stick to small gatherings. He encourages a virtual Thanksgiving, using forums such as Zoom.

3,187,267 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted, with a 7.4 percent positive rate over the last week, up from the 7.2 percent reported Monday.

1,496 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Tuesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from 1,512 reported Monday.

23,498 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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