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Virginia COVID-19 cases increase by 1,002; percentage of positive tests up to 7.6%

Virginia COVID-19 cases increase by 1,002; percentage of positive tests up to 7.6%

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A screenshot from the Virginia Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboard show the percentage of positive coronavirus tests has been slowly increasing since late June, following long and steady decline from its April high.

The Virginia Department of Health reported Friday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 75,433 — an increase of 1,002 from the 74,431 reported Thursday.

The 75,433 cases consist of 72,516 confirmed cases and 2,917 probable cases. There are 2,013 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 1,909 confirmed and 104 probable. That’s an increase of 6 from the 2,007 reported Thursday.

The VDH defines probable COVID-19 cases as people who are symptomatic with a known exposure to COVID-19, but whose cases have not been confirmed with a positive test.

As the overall number of positive COVID-19 test results in Virginia grows, data from the VDH coronavirus dashboard shows the percentage of positive results from testing is down. The seven-day average for percentage of positive test results was at 7.6% as of July 13, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 20.8% on April 21, but up from 5.8% on June 23.

State health officials have said there’s a lag in the reporting of statewide numbers on the VDH website. Figures on the website might not include cases or deaths reported by localities or local health districts.

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