COVID-19 virus

The Virginia Department of Health reported Friday that the statewide total for COVID-19 cases is 86,072 — an increase of 3,708 from the 82,364 reported Friday.

The 86,072cases consist of 82,871 confirmed cases and 3,111 probable cases. There are 2,082 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia. That’s an increase of 28 from the 2,054 reported Friday.

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 7.5% as of July 20, which is the most recent figure provided by the VDH. That’s down from a peak of 20.8% on April 21.

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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