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On March 7th, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Virginia, a U.S. Marine at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital tested positive for COVID-19. All appropriate officials have been briefed. Officials at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, the Virginia Department of Health, and the appropriate federal agencies are working cooperatively on this case, according to longstanding public health protocols. The teams are in regular and close communication with federal, state, local, and private sector partners.

As of March 10th, mid-afternoon, Virginia health officials have announced three "presumptive positive" cases for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the state's total to eight cases. Loudoun County announced Tuesday one resident has tested “presumptive positive.” The case is a resident of Loudoun County who is in their 40s, county officials said. That resident is believed to have come in contact with someone with COVID-19 while attending Christ Church, Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Health officials say the resident is “doing well” and is isolated at home. Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Health announced a couple from the Virginia Beach region also tested "presumptive positive." A male in his 60’s and female in her 50’s traveled on a Nile River cruise, which recently reported COVID-19 cases. They returned to United States on March 5. On Sunday March 8, the patients were tested at a Virginia Beach hospital, according to WTKR. The positive test results are considered a presumptive positive, pending confirmatory testing by the CDC.

On March 11th, the United States now has more than 1,000 people infected with coronavirus — but testing in the U.S. is still ramping up, meaning that number could continue to climb. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that more than 8,500 specimens have been tested for the coronavirus across the U.S. Because multiple specimens are required from each individual, the number of actual patients who have been tested is likely far lower.

Also on March 11th, the Virginia Department of Health and the U.S. Navy say there are now nine "presumptive positive" cases of the novel coronavirus in the Commonwealth. Gov. Ralph Northam announced the increased case number in a press conference Wednesday morning from Richmond. The ninth case identified by the Virginia Department of Health was confirmed by the Chickahominy Health District. The patient lives in the Ashland area and had recently traveled internationally, where it's believed they were exposed to the virus.

On March 12th, Longwood University in Farmville announced late Wednesday that a student had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. That would be Virginia's 10th case. The student is self-quarantining, university President W. Taylor Reveley IV said in a statement. Campus events and in-person classes will be canceled through at least March 18. "Based on their conversations with the student earlier this week about their brief time on campus following spring break, [the Virginia Department of Health] continues to believe even with the presumptive positive test there remains a low generalized risk to our community," he said.

Also on March 12th, the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia has confirmed its first case of COVID-19. This makes 11 cases in Virginia.The patient is a member of the Christ Church in Georgetown where the rector has Coronavirus. That church is now quarantined. “The Alexandria Health Department and the City of Alexandria have been preparing for this. COVID-19 is an evolving situation, and we will continue to share information as it becomes available. Based on our current investigation, the general Alexandria community is still at low risk for COVID-19,” Alexandria Health District Director Dr. Stephen A. Haering said in a statement. You can find more information about this new case here.

In the afternoon of March 12, Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Virginia now has 17 presumptive cases of novel coronavirus, state officials said Thursday. That number is double what the state had reported yesterday, prompting Gov. Ralph Northam to declare a state of emergency across the state. While Virginia has been thoroughly preparing for weeks and has adequate funding to address the situation, this declaration will allow the Commonwealth increased flexibility to ease regulatory requirements and procurement rules, continue federal and multi-state coordination, and ensure continued access to critical services for the most vulnerable Virginians. The full text of the Governor’s emergency declaration is available here

Additionally, Governor Northam has halted all official travel outside of Virginia by state employees, with increased flexibility for inter-state commuters and essential personnel. Specific guidance will be released to agency heads and state employees, and Virginia will revisit these guidelines after 30 days. The Virginia Secretary of Administration has been directed to implement a phased transition to teleworking for state employees. In accordance with advice from state public health experts, the Commonwealth of Virginia will cancel all specially-scheduled state conferences and large events for a minimum of 30 days.

The Virginia Department of Health confirmed a Harrisonburg resident tested positive for the coronavirus, making it the 18th case in Virginia. This is the first case seen in the Central Shenandoah Health District. The patient is isolated and the Department of Health is reaching out to anyone who had close contact with them. “The situation with COVID-19 outbreak is rapidly changing, so it is not surprising that we are identifying a case in our area,” said Central Shenandoah Health District Director Dr. Laura Kornegay. The patient is a person in their 60s. They developed upper respiratory symptoms that got worse over a few days They are currently doing well in isolation. You can learn more about this case here.

As of Friday, March 13, there are now 30 “presumptively positive” cases of the coronavirus in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That an increase from 18 as of Thursday evening. Here’s a breakdown of the 12 new cases:
  • Five in James City County
  • Three in Arlington County
  • Two in Fairfax County
  • One in Loudoun County
  • One in Prince William County

On Saturday, March 14th, there are now 41 “presumptively positive” cases of the coronavirus in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health. 

Additionally, I am extremely saddened to report that the first death related to the Coronavirus (COVID in the Commonwealth of Virginia has occurred in James City County on March 14th. I and my staff are working extremely closely with Governor Northam and his staff as well as the Virginia Department of Health to address this ongoing situation. No further details are available at this time, but I will continue to monitor this situation and provide you with updates as more information becomes available. At the present time, continue to follow safe sanitation procedures and if you show symptoms, seek medical attention through your primary care physician or contact your local health department. You can find your local health department by clicking here.

As of Sunday morning, March 15th, 45 people in Virginia tested positive for COVID-19. Governor Northam has banned all gatherings greater than 100 people in Virginia.

There are now 52 “presumptively positive” cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of March 16th, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That an increase from 46 as of Monday morning. As of Monday, 489 people have been tested in Virginia.

I am deeply saddened to report that a second death occurred on March 16th in the Peninsula Health District from the COVID-19 outbreak. My heart continues to go out to the families of the victims across the globe. Please know I am working with officials at all levels of government to address this ongoing situation. We must all be diligent – it is the responsibility of all Virginians to slow the spread of this virus. This is a very serious health threat and all should take it seriously. Also on March 16th, President Trump and White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidance to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the United States, including an instruction to Americans to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. I urge all Virginians to heed this guidance so we can slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, please contact your primary care physician or the VDH using the link here: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/health-department-locator/. Please continue to practice social distancing as well as washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching your face. I will continuing updating folks as information becomes available, and please know I am working around the clock to ensure the health and safety of my constituents in the First District.

On March 17th, Gov. Northam announced that there are now 67 cases of the coronavirus, with a risk of community spread from coronavirus case in Chesterfield County and one from the peninsula. Health officials are monitoring those contact investigations, but have no information on where the patients caught the virus.

Virginia Health Commissioner Norman Oliver announced Wednesday, March 18th, that there are 77 “presumptively positive” cases of the coronavirus in Virginia.

On Thursday, March 19th, the Virginia Department of Health confirmed that there are now 94 confirmed cases in the state. 19 of those cases are being hospitalized and 2 cases have resulted in death. 1,923 people in Virginia have been tested for coronavirus. Also on Thursday, the first pediatric coronavirus case was reported in Gloucester Co. and the first known case of cornavirus was confirmed on the Eastern Shore. Northam and State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA issued a public health emergency on Tuesday, order prohibiting more than 10 patrons in restaurants, fitness centers and theaters.

On March 20th, the VDH announced there are 114 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 35 tests being processed Friday. UVA announced Thursday that they have developed their own tests and have started using them. Two men in their 70s have died from the virus, a child was diagnosed Thursday in Gloucester County, two patients are innursing homes, and a student at UVA and one at JMU have been diagnosed this week. The Virginia Department of Health said they expect the cases to continue to rise and will update the numbers at noon each day and Northam will be holding a press conference daily to keep Virginians updated. On Friday, Gov. Northam asked all restaurants and fitness centers to abide by the 10 people limit he put in place earlier this week. He also asked police to enforce the ban. He also announced restaurants would be able to sell beer and wine for takeout and delivery.

On Saturday, March 21st, Virginia health officials said that 152 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 25 people remain hospitalized with the illness in the Commonwealth. "There are 25 [cases] in the Central Region, 42 in the Eastern Region, 77 in the Northern Region, six in the Northwestern Region and two in the Southwest Region of Virginia," Virginia Department of Health Deputy Commissioner of Population Health Laurie Forlano said. Officials said 2,790 people have been tested, which is an increase of 465 people tested for coronavirus in Virginia since Friday's update. Forlano said Virginia has revised its COVID-19 testing requirements as "the situation has evolved." "We're prioritizing healthcare workers and those responders who have had contact or cared for COVID-19 patients," Forlano said. "We want to make sure that they are protected, so we can ensure the continuity of care."

Additionally, health officials in Farifax County, Va., one of the closest counties outside Washington, D.C., confirmed the death of the man in his 60s in a Saturday statement. This makes the third death in the Commonwealth. The county’s health department confirmed that the man acquired coronavirus “through contact with a previously reported case." His cause of death was “respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19,” according to the Saturday statement from the Fairfax County Health Department. The Virginia Department of Health also reported two deaths this week in the Peninsula Health District.

On Sunday, March 22nd, Gov. Ralph Northam said there are 67 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Virginia, raising the number to 219 confirmed cases. Northam said the number of confirmed cases will continue to increase as more tests are done. A representative from the Virginia Department of Health said they still had 1,000 tests available. However, Northam added the number of cases, will increase if people continue to ignore social distancing guidelines. “I want every Virginian to hear this message … it is up to us to protect the vulnerable people. It is us to act responsibly and avoid crowds,” Northam said. He also reiterated his warning that businesses operating with more than 10 people could lose their operating permit on the spot. “Again I remind our localities if you see a business not practicing the 10 person rule to shut them down,” Northam said. Brian Moran, secretary of public safety, said there are no inmates in any state correctional facility have tested positive for COVID-19. Northam said they will be making an announcement about k-12 schools next, week. Currently, the state is one week into a two-week closure of all public schools.

The number of people who have died of COVID-19-linked illnesses in Virginia climbed to six Sunday, March 22nd, as health officials announced three elderly women died of respiratory failure. Officials with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) said the Peninsula women, two of whom previously tested positive for COVID-19 and a third newly positive case, died in the hospital. The victims, who were in their 80s, were from Newport News, Williamsburg and James City County, according to the health department. One of the women lived at a long-term care facility, according to officials. "The three patients acquired COVID-19 through an unknown source," Peninsula Acting Health Director Dr. Steve Julian. “It is with deep sadness that we announce three additional victims of COVID-19. We at VDH express our condolences to those families."Officials said two of the cases were included in the statewide COVID-19 count of 219 Sunday, but that the third patient was a new case not included.

ALERT: Governor Northam announced that all schools in Virginia will remain closed until end of the academic year. More here

The Governor also announced that effective at midnight 3/24:
     - Restaurants can remain open for carryout, curb-side, delivery only
     - All recreation, entertainment services, fitness clubs must close
     - Barbershop and massage parlors also must close
     - Non-essential retail establishments can remain open if they can keep 10 or fewer patrons in the establishment.
     - The 10-person limit does not include staff, it’s in reference to customers
These changes will remain in statewide for at least 30 days.

There are now 258 cases across Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 391 positive coronavirus cases in Virginia on Wednesday, March 25, up 101 cases from Tuesday’s figure of 290. VDH is also reporting three new deaths related to the virus, two from the Peninsula Health District and one from the Danville Health District. In regards to the Peninsula cases, VDH says one patient was a woman in her 80s and the other a woman in her 60s. Both died from respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19. At this time, VDH does know how either woman contracted the virus.

The number of hospitalizations also continues to rise, with 59 total hospitalizations compared to 45 on Tuesday. 5,370 tests have been administered across the state in total.The new figures from VDH come a day after Governor Ralph Northam said Virginians should expect cases to continue to rise, despite new restrictions implemented by the commonwealth, such as the closure of some non-essential businesses and K-12 schools.

“Our numbers … are going to keep going up. Our deaths, unfortunately, are going to keep going up. We have nowhere come close to hitting that peak of the curve,” Northam said Tuesday. Northam’s office announced Wednesday that he is scaling back his daily news conferences on COVID-19. They will now be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. More info from VDH’s website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/

On Thursday, March 27, the Virginia Department of Health has released new numbers for coronavirus cases in the state, which shows more than 400 confirmed cases.

The new numbers released by the Virginia Department of Health Thursday show there are 460 cases and 65 hospitalizations. Remember, these numbers reflect cases reported to the VDH before 5 p.m. the day before.

That's an increase of 69 cases since Wednesday.

As of the afternoon of March 26, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Virginia has risen to 15. When the Virginia Department of Health website was updated with daily totals as of noon, there were 13 deaths — but as the day went on, two more were reported. A 4th resident of the Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Henrico, identified as a man in his 70s, passed away on Thursday.

A total of 14 residents and four workers have tested positive at the long-term rehab facility over the past 12 days, while another 16 residents’ symptoms are being monitored. Also on Thursday, the Loudoun County Health Department in northern Virginia reported its first death of a patient who had been in a hospital and tested positive for the virus. The patient was a woman in her 70s.

The cause of death was respiratory failure as a result of COVID-19. The two new deaths have not yet been added to the state number, which is updated at noon each day based on cases submitted to the state by 5 p.m. the previous day.

With the Loudoun and Henrico deaths, there are 15 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth. There have been 460 total positive or presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Virginia, with 6,189 tests administered. Of those cases, 65 people have been hospitalized.

The health department map has started breaking down cases by not only region, but age groups and sex. For instance, there are only four confirmed cases in children up to nine years old, but 84 each in people in their 50s and 60s. 211 of the patients are female, 242 male and seven not reported, according to state numbers. Governor Ralph Northam will hold another briefing Friday afternoon to update the commonwealth on the coronavirus outbreak. He is holding briefings at 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, unless new developments require more at other times.

Virginia saw another jump of more than 100 new confirmed COVID-19 cases between Thursday and Friday, and its largest increase in hospitalizations in a day’s span due to the virus. The Virginia Department of Health reports the Commonwealth now has 604 confirmed cases, more than double Tuesday’s official count of 290 by VDH.

Hospitalizations shot up by 18 people, from 65 on Thursday to 83 on Friday. VDH is reporting 14 deaths statewide and 7,337 people have been tested so far. 4,447 people had been tested Tuesday. Data from VDH shows the virus is affecting people of all ages, and not just those 60 or above (who are considered at higher-risk). Nearly 50% of the cases are between the ages of 20 and 49, including 15.4% between the ages of 20-29.

There are now 1,025 “presumptively positive” cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of March 30.

Monday’s 1,025 cases mark an increase from 901 on Sunday, 748 on Saturday, 614 on Friday, 465 on Thursday, 398 on Wednesday, 304 on Tuesday, 259 on Monday, 222 on Sunday, 158 on Saturday, 124 on Friday, 101 cases on Thursday and 67 on Wednesday.

Monday’s 1020 cases reported in the Virginia Department of Health’s coronavirus count do not include:

  • A person in Galax. It’s believed this person contracted the disease through international travel. This person is self-isolating at home. This case was announced on March 27.
  • An Emporia man in his 30s who is self–isolating at home. This case was announced on March 28.
  • Another person in Emporia. This case was announced on March 29.
  • A case in Hopewell. This case was announced on March 29.
  • A case in Prince George County. This case was announced on March 29.

Three localities are reporting their first cases of the coronavirus on Monday:

  • Smyth County
  • King William County
  • Henry County

On Monday afternoon, Governor Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home Order as part of the Commonwealth's ongoing aggressive response to COVID-19. This order will remain in place until June 10th, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order. 

The order directs all Virginians to stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.

Additionally, The Governor has directed that beaches and private campgrounds (short-term stays) be closed, in addition to the previous business directives that were ordered last week. He has also made a request for Major Presidential Disaster Declaration to receive more resources for our state's response.

Read more on the Stay at Home Order here and read the full Order here  

Click here for further guidance on business and school closures

The number of coronavirus cases in Virginia rose by 230 in a day’s span between Monday and Tuesday, the first daily increase of more than 200 patients. 

As of March 31, the commonwealth now has 1,250 confirmed cases overall as daily numbers continue to trend upward. In comparison, cases rose 130 from Sunday (890) to Monday (1,020), 151 from Saturday to Sunday and 135 from Friday to Saturday. Last Tuesday (March 24) there were 290 cases statewide with 7 deaths. 

Hospitalizations also rose by 29 between Monday and Tuesday, surpassing the increase of 24 between Sunday (112) and Monday (136). Deaths are now at 27, an increase from 25 on Monday and 22 on Sunday. 11 of those have been in the Tidewater area, with most in James City County. 13,401 people had been tested as of Tuesday, compared to 12,038 on Monday. Last Tuesday only 4,470 people had been tested. More info from the Virginia Department of Health here.

On Wednesday, April 1, the Virginia Department of Health reported 1,484 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

VDH says the state has reported 1,484 cases and 208 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus pandemic. The VDH said there are more than 140 patients in the intensive care unit and 108 are on ventilators.

In addition, 34 people have died after contracting COVID-19 as of Wednesday. This includes a man from the Farmville area, a woman from Botetourt County and a man in the Mount Rogers Health District.

On Thursday, April 2nd, the Virginia Department of Health reported that 1,706 people in Virginia have tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 222 cases from the 1,484 reported Wednesday. The department also said that 17,589 have been tested for the virus in Virginia and 246 have been hospitalized.

There have been 41 deaths in the state, an increase of seven from Wednesday. On March 19, state health officials said there’s a lag in the reporting of statewide numbers on the department's website. Figures on the website might not include cases reported by individual localities or local health districts.

From Saturday to Sunday, Virginia saw an additional 230 confirmed cases of COVID-19 according to the Virginia Department of Health

Overall, 23,671 Virginians have been tested as of Sunday. The total number of confirmed cases rose to 2,637 along with a total number of 431 hospitalizations and 51 deaths.

The Virginia Department of Health previously reported 52 deaths on Saturday. Compared to the rise of almost 400 confirmed cases reported from Friday to Saturday, the weekend exchange saw the reported numbers cut by almost half. Virginia Beach had the highest rise from Saturday with 10 confirmed cases reported. The highest amount of confirmed cases are people between the ages of 50 to 59 with 512 cases, covering 19.4% of the total number.

On Monday, Governor Ralph Northam noted that half of the state’s nearly 3,000 novel coronavirus cases were identified among people under the age of 50 Monday afternoon – a reminder that the disease impacts young and old alike. Despite rising numbers and predictions that the pandemic’s impact on the United States has not yet peaked, the governor applauded Virginia’s residents for adhering more to social distancing guidelines over the past week.

During the briefing, the Governor announced that Virginia now has 2,878 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the virus has been blamed for 54 deaths. In the wake of new CDC guidelines encouraging people to wear surgical masks to curb the spread, the Governor displayed a mask made by the Virginia Department of Corrections.

He stressed, however, that such equipment is no substitute for social distancing. Northam reinforced the message that social distancing and frequent handwashing were the best defenses against the virus, which has ripped through the greater D.C. region and beyond. The Governor also struck a positive note when he said the state would soon be receiving a large shipment of much needed hand sanitizer and old HIN1 masks.

As of Tuesday, April 7, the Virginia Department of Health is reporting a total number of 3,333 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The VDH also confirmed that 563 residents have now been hospitalized due to the virus along with 63 deaths. Overall, 28,645 people in Virginia have been tested.

With 455 cases added to the 2,878 previously reported by VDH Monday, Virginia saw its biggest daily increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases so far. Previously, the highest daily exchange of confirmed cases was between Friday, April 3 to Saturday, April 4 with almost 400 cases in one day. This is also the first time the daily number of confirmed cases in Virginia surpassed the numbers in North Carolina.

With more testings being conducted, the number of confirmed cases is expected to keep rising. According to VDH, people between the ages of 50 and 59 show the highest numbers of confirmed cases with 660 as of Tuesday and covering 19.8% of the total number. Virginia residents under the age of 50 cover almost half of the total numbers with people between the ages of 20 and 29 accounting for 12.4% all confirmed cases.

On Wednesday, April 8, Virginia’s number of coronavirus cases increased by more than 300 between Tuesday and Wednesday as the state health department reported 12 new deaths connected to the virus — the largest increase in deaths in a day so far. Virginia now has 3,645 cases overall as of Wednesday, with 75 total deaths and 615 cumulative hospitalizations, per Virginia Department of Health data. 30,645 of more than 8.5 million Virginians have been tested so far.

The hospitalization data from VDH however doesn’t accurately represent the number of current hospitalizations in the commonwealth. Virginia’s State Health Commissioner Dr. M. Norman Oliver says the VDH data “lags behind” those from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, because the state’s info reflects people who’ve either been discharged from the hospital after recovery or those who’ve died. 

VHHA data as of April 8 shows 649 people currently hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases — 468 are in the ICU and 293 are on ventilators. The increase in cases between Tuesday and Wednesday (312) was less than the 455 cases added between Monday and Tuesday — the highest daily increase Virginia had seen since the beginning of the outbreak. 

The Virginia Department of Health reported 4,042 cases of coronavirus in the state as of Thursday, April 9th.

According to the VDH, 109 deaths from the virus have been reported, an increase of 34 deaths from yesterday's total.

Overall, 33,026 people have been tested for coronavirus.

The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Virginia. More than 4,500 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. The death toll is now at 121. According to the Virginia Department of Health, 35,459 Virginians have been tested for the virus.

On Thursday, Virginia health officials reported 44 deaths in the Richmond area — 39 of those deathscome from the Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County.

As of Sunday, April 12, the Virginia Department of Health has received 5,274 positive or presumptive positive tests for COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

New positive test results have accelerated rapidly in the past week, with Virginia crossing 2,000 cases on Friday, April 3, 3,000 cases by Tuesday, April 7, and 4,000 cases by Thursday, April 9. There was an increase of 197 cases from Saturday to Sunday.

It is important to remember that many tests still take days to process – up to a week and a half for some commercial labs – and then sometimes a day or two for the results to be submitted to the Department of Health, so the official tally of cases always reflects where testing was several days before. As testing capacity increases in Virginia, the confirmed cases will increase too.

But researchers are also extremely confident there are many more people with positive cases who have not been tested because they didn't show symptoms, but can still pass the virus on to others.

On Monday, April 13, there are currently 5,747 confirmed coronavirus cases in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Across the state, 149 people have died.

There are now 6,171 “presumptively positive” cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of April 14. 

Tuesday’s total of 6,171 cases marks an increase from 5,747 on Monday, 5,274 on Sunday, 5,077 on Saturday, 4,509 on Friday, 4,042 on Thursday, 3,645 on Wednesday, 3,333 on Tuesday and 2,878 on Monday.

On Wednesday, April 15, Governor Ralph Northam extended his executive order closing non-essential businesses for another two weeks.

Until May 8, recreational and entertainment businesses like bowling alleys, theaters and gyms must remain closed. Non-essential retail can remain open but only if the business can adhere to the 10 people or fewer rule, keep people six feet apart and have proper sanitation products in place.

The extension does not impact Virginia’s stay at home order, which will last until June 10 unless rescinded or amended.

Earlier Wednesday, Virginia health officials reported that the death toll in the state from the coronavirus has jumped to 195, an increase of 41 deaths from the 154 reported Tuesday. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 6,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,048 hospitalizations throughout the state Wednesday.

The daily increase in cases is a bit lower than what the state has seen over the past week.

There are now 6,889 “presumptively positive” cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of April 16.

Thursday’s total of 6,889 cases marks an increase from 6,500 on Wednesday, 6,171 on Tuesday 5,747 on Monday, 5,274 on Sunday, 5,077 on Saturday, 4,509 on Friday, 4,042 on Thursday and 3,645 on Wednesday.

As of Friday, April 17, the number of cases have reached nearly 7,500, compared to 6,889 on Thursday.

According to the Virginia Department of Health's report Friday morning, there are 7,491 cases. VDH reports that 231 people have died, including a resident of the West Piedmont Health District, which was announced Thursday.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association dashboard on Friday shows there are 1,308 confirmed positive COVID-19 patients who are currently hospitalized and patients who are hospitalized with pending test results. They also report that 1,110 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

There are 809 hospitalized patients with confirmed COVID-19.

Dr. M. Norman Oliver, the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health at the VDH, said the recovery cases are not reported to the VDH. They know when there are positive cases that are discharged or result in death, but there is no way to track the recovery number.

There are now 8,990 “presumptively positive” cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of April 20.

Monday’s total of 8,990 cases marks an increase of 8,537 on Sunday, 8,053 on Saturday, 7,491 on Friday, 6,889 on Thursday, 6,500 on Wednesday and 6,171 on Tuesday.

There are now 9,630 cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of April 21.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, 9,451 of those cases are “confirmed,” and 179 are “probable.” Tuesday is the first day the health department identified “probable” and “confirmed” cases.

Tuesday’s total of 9,630 cases marks an increase of 8,990 on Monday, 8,537 on Sunday, 8,053 on Saturday, 7,491 on Friday, 6,889 on Thursday and 6,500 on Wednesday.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 10,998 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 372 deaths and 1,753 hospitalizations throughout the state Thursday, April 23.

The numbers released show 732 new coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours.

So far, 64,518 Virginians have now been tested for the virus.

On Friday, April 24, Virginia health officials reported 38 new deaths linked to COVID-19 in the latest daily report Friday, bringing the state total to 410.

State testing results continued to climb, with nearly 4,500 new tests reported Friday. Widespread testing is seen as a key component in eventually lifting stay-at-home orders. The health department reported 596 new cases in the latest daily report, down from a record 732 cases reported Thursday.

That brings the state's total to 11,594. Of those, 11,169 were confirmed by positive tests and another 425 were identified as probable cases by the health department.

There are now 13,535 cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of April 27. 

Starting April 21, VDH began counting probable cases in addition to coronavirus cases confirmed by testing. Monday’s total of 13,535 cases marks an increase from 12,970 on Sunday, 12,366 on Saturday, 11,594 on Friday, 10,998 on Thursday, 10,266 on Wednesday, 9,630 on Tuesday and 8,990 on Monday.

These cases are “presumptively positive,” meaning they are pending confirmatory testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of Monday, the Virginia Dept. of Health reports that 80,180 people have been tested.

There are now 14,339 cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of April 28. Tuesday’s total of 14,339 cases marks an increase from 13,535 on Monday, 12,970 on Sunday, 12,366 on Saturday, 11,594 on Friday, 10,998 on Thursday, 10,266 on Wednesday, 9,630 on Tuesday and 8,990 on Monday.

On Wednesday, April 29, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 14,961 total COVID-19 cases, 522 deaths and 2,259 hospitalizations throughout the state Wednesday.

So far, 85,307 Virginians have now been tested for the virus.

The Virginia Department of Health reported a total of 885 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday April 30, with 852 confirmed by testing, Virginia’s highest per day increase in reported cases to date. 

30 new deaths were reported statewide, along with 5,536 new tests. 

Governor Northam said the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is expected to rise with increases in testing, an area in which Virginia has underperformed compared to nearly ever other U.S. state or territory in terms of per capita testing. Virginia was only testing about 9,700 per 1 million residents earlier this week, while neighboring Maryland nearly doubled that figure, per data from the Covid Tracking Project

Virginia officials have said lack of testing supplies led to strict guidelines for who gets testing (symptomatic people, health care workers/first responders and nursing home patients and staff, those 65 and older, etc.) and that has contributed to the low rate. The state is starting to expand its testing criteria, but is largely not testing asymptomatic people.

The Virginia Department of Health is reporting a total of 16,901 COVID-19 cases in the state; 16,109 are confirmed and 792 are probable in their latest numbers released Friday, May 1. That is a jump in 1,055 cases reported since Thursday.

The death toll has risen from 552 to 581, an increase of 29. The VDH also reports 105,648 people have been tested so far, up from 90,843 people who had been tested as of Thursday, an increase of 14,805. The number of people tested in 24 hours is the largest number yet.

"We have slowed the spread, but we are not out of the woods, yet," Gov. Northam said Friday.

On Monday, May 4, Gov. Ralph Northam said coronavirus restrictions in the state will remain in place through May 14 but that he will consider beginning to roll them back the following day. Northam announced he is extending an order closing most nonessential businesses that was set to expire May 8, saying the positive trends need another week. A separate stay-at-home order set to end June 10 will stand. On May 15, he said, businesses could reopen with enhanced safety measures in place. This would include customers needing to make appointments for haircuts and reduced capacity for restaurants, gyms and retailers.

On Monday, Virginia reported a total of 19,492 cases.

The Virginia Department of Health reports there is now a total of 20,256 COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth as of Tuesday, May 5. 899 cases are deemed probable.

This marks 764 new cases of coronavirus since Monday. The death total from the virus in Virginia is now at 713, 29 more than yesterday.

There have been 127,938 people tested for the coronavirus, an increase of 5,150 since Monday. The total hospitalizations is 2,773, 73 more than yesterday.

The Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 data for Wednesday, May 6, has been delayed due to a technical error. 

“The overnight process to compile all of the investigation and laboratory report data experienced a technical error that has resulted in information being unavailable for reporting. VDH is working to resolve the error, and will update information as soon as possible,” VDH’s website shows. 

The website is usually updated every morning by 10 a.m. It’s unclear when the new data for Wednesday will appear.

While the VDH data is unavailable, hospitalization data from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association was released Wednesday morning. Current hospitalizations statewide due to COVID-19 jumped by nearly 100 patients in a day, per Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data. 1,594 people are currently hospitalized on Wednesday, May 6. VHHA was reporting 1,496 hospitalizations on Tuesday.

As of Thursday, May 7, more than 1,300 new cases of the coronavirus were reported in Virginia and another 56 deaths, according to data posted by the Virginia Department of Health Thursday morning.

The overnight process to compile all of the investigation and laboratory report data experienced a technical error that resulted in information being unavailable on Wednesday, state officials said in an email.

As of Thursday morning, the total number of reported cases in Virginia reached 21,570. It includes people who tested positive (20,537) and those who have COVID-19 symptoms with a known exposure to a coronavirus case (1,033).

For the first time, the state released the percent of tests that came back with a positive result. For Wednesday, the number of positive results was 239, out of the 2,307 people tested. The seven-day-moving average was 16%. Based on the chart, the moving average appears to have been trending downward over the past few weeks. Some experts warn against states reopening if their positive tests are above 10%, according to the New York Times. High positive test rates could mean there are many infected people who have not been tested.

Here’s the age breakdown for all the cases in Virginia:

  • 0-9: 365
  • 10-19: 747
  • 20-29: 2952
  • 30-39: 3,704
  • 40-49: 3,942
  • 50-59: 3,804
  • 60-69: 2,743
  • 70-79: 1,542
  • 80+: 1,756

At least 136,558 tests have been given in Virginia, as of Thursday morning, and at least 122,119 people have been tested. It’s an increase of 8,620 tests and 9,310 people over 48 hours.

Currently, 1,613 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized throughout the state, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. As of Thursday morning, 2,825 COVID-19 patients had been discharged after receiving care in a hospital. There are 1,094 patients with confirmed cases who have been hospitalized and 519 in the hospital with COVID-19 symptoms awaiting test results.

Virginia reported another 56 deaths to bring the state’s total to 769, according to data released Thursday by the Virginia Department of Health.

There are now 25,070 cases of the coronavirus and over 850 deaths in Virginia as of May 11.

Monday’s total of 25,070 cases marks an increase from 24,081 on Sunday, Saturday’s total of 23,196, Friday’s total of 22,342, 21,570 on Thursday, 20,985 on Wednesday and 20,256 on Tuesday.

As of Monday, the Virginia Dept. of Health reports there have been 167,758 testing encounters.

There are now 25,800 cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of May 12.

Tuesday’s total of 25,800 cases marks an increase from 25,070 on Monday 24,081 on Sunday, Saturday’s total of 23,196, Friday’s total of 22,342, 21,570 on Thursday, 20,985 on Wednesday.

There are now 26,746 cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of May 13.

Wednesday’s total of 26,746 cases marks an increase from 25,800 on Tuesday, 25,070 on Monday 24,081 on Sunday, Saturday’s total of 23,196, Friday’s total of 22,342, 21,570 on Thursday, 20,985 on Wednesday.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, which represents 27 health systems and 110 hospitals, reported Wednesday that 3,544 people have been discharged after fighting the virus, an increase of 144 people since Tuesday. Roughly 1,500 people remain hospitalized, according to the VHHA.

The state Health Department reported roughly 1,000 more cases of COVID-19 in Virginia compared with Tuesday. The agency said in its daily data report that the total number of cases in the state has risen from 25,800 to 26,746, and more than 900 people have died.

Of Virginia’s 927 COVID-19 deaths, which is 36 more than VDH reported Tuesday, 899 are confirmed to have been caused by the coronavirus and 28 are probable.

On Thursday, May 14, Coronavirus cases reported in Virginia jumped to their highest daily total from Wednesday, just two days before most of the state is scheduled to begin the first phase of reopening.

State officials confirmed a record 1,067 new cases and 28 new deaths, according to news reports. The previous one-day record was 1,055 new cases on May 1.

Overall, Virginia has recorded 27,813 cases of COVID-19. State officials say they're aiming to conduct 10,000 tests a day, almost double the 5,467 they've conducted since Wednesday, Norfolk station WAVY reported.

The percentage of positive cases from testing since Wednesday was 19.5 percent, a higher rate than the state average of 14 percent, according to Harrisonburg station WHSV. Health officials have recommended areas reach 10 percent or lower before reopening, but state officials say the Northern Virginia numbers are skewing the statewide rate.

Earlier this week, the number of new cases stayed below 1,000, with 946 cases on Tuesday, 730 on Monday and 989 on Sunday, WHSV reported.

The latest figures from Virginia come as neighboring Washington, D.C., has extended a stay-at-home order to June 8. It was previously scheduled to lift on Friday.

Maryland will begin reopening on Friday, except in the D.C. suburbs. Northern Virginia made up more than two-thirds of the new cases in Virginia on Wednesday, aligning with previous data showing the more densely populated part of the state is counting the most cases. The northern region, which is near D.C., has delayed its reopening by at least two weeks because of the high counts of cases.

The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday, May 18, that the state has 31,140 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 752 over the 30,388 reported Sunday.

The 31,140 cases include 29,591 confirmed cases and 1,549 probable cases. Also, there are 1,014 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 980 confirmed and 34 probable. That's an increase of 5 from the 1,009 reported Sunday.

Virginia reported its fourth highest number of daily COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, May 19, with 1,005, as its daily COVID-19 deaths rebounded with 27 after two days of deaths in single digits. 

Just over half of those cases were in Northern Virginia, with only 17 new cases reported between Accomack and Northampton counties on the Eastern Shore, where most of Accomack’s 510 chicken plant cases still haven’t been added to the overall count. The Virginia Department of Health, which announced the cases on Friday, said it’s having to manually insert the cases and some of the workers don’t live in Virginia, delaying the data input. 

Daily cases had dipped slightly past two days, but the overall trend of cases is still rising, VDH’s chart shows.

There are now 32,908 cases of the coronavirus in Virginia as of May 20.

Wednesday’s total of 32,908 cases marks an increase from Tuesday’s total of 32,145, Monday’s total of 31,140, Sunday’s total of 30,388, Saturday’s total of 29,683, Friday’s 28,672 cases and 27,813 on Thursday.

The Virginia Department of Health released their daily updated numbers involving coronavirus cases within the state on Thursday, May 21.

According to their website, there are now 34,137 total cases, 32,428 of which are confirmed and 1,709 are probable. There are 1,099 total coronavirus related deaths, with 1,064 being confirmed and 25 being probable. The case numbers are up by 1,229 and deaths are up by 25 since Wednesday.

A total of 216,890 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction lab testing encounters have happened.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association also updated their numbers. As of Thursday there are 1,001 people currently being hospitalized for coronavirus. There are 490 people currently receiving inpatient hospital care whose test results are pending. 351 confirmed positive patients, and those whose test results are pending, are currently hospitalized in the ICU.

Across Virginia, there are 42,533 COVID-19 cases, the Health Department reported Friday, an increase of 1,132 from the 41,401 reported Thursday.

More than half of the cases have occurred in people between the ages of 20 and 50, according to VDH. It's been deadlier for people older than 50.

Of Virginia's 1,358 COVID-19 deaths, 1,315 have been people over the age of 50. More than half of those deaths (706) have been people older than 80.

While the number of cases and deaths continues to climb, so too does the number of people hospitalized by the virus and discharged.


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