RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) – On Saturday, May 10, Virginia had 24,081 total COVID-19 cases, including confirmed laboratory tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
That’s increased by 885 cases since Saturday.
Virginia experienced a steady increase in cases from mid-March to early May, up from 2,000 cases on Friday, April 3, and reaching nearly 17,000 on May 1.
So far in May, Virginia – ranked among the states with the lowest per capita testing – has significantly increased its testing capacity, and increased testing has, in part, led to more positive cases being detected, but a daily increase decreases from previous highs, meaning that the curve looks flat.
No figures have been reported by the department on Wednesday, due to a technical error, so the figures reported Thursday include Wednesday and Thursday, which experienced a total increase of 1,314 cases, on average to more than 650 cases a day.
When the daily total dropped from a peak of more than 1,000 at the beginning of May, the governor sought May 15 as a date to begin a gradual reopening, based on 14-day trend criteria for a decrease in total daily cash. described in the blueprint announced on April 23, which also calls for comprehensive testing, stable PPE supplies, and open hospital capacity requirements.
That plan for a gradual reopening will involve many ongoing restrictions, such as social distance, masks, improved sanitation, and 50% capacity in many businesses to prevent future spikes that will break our downward trend – because the leveling curve means that restrictions have so far been successful, according to health officials Public.
Fully understanding the Virginia cases is difficult to measure when, until last Friday, less than one percent of Virgin citizens had been tested, far below the national testing average.
But now, the Commonwealth runs around 3,000 to 5,000 tests a day. The governor said the aim was to reach 10,000 cases per day the plan is gradually reopening.
Virginia has met the benchmark stable PPE inventory and open hospital capacity over the past few days, with 4,635 hospital beds available and no Virginia hospitals reporting supply problems.
With increasing testing, the rate of Virginians tested who received positive results also began to slowly fall, and Northam said that the percentage would be a major factor to consider as well.
Number of cases in all states and number of tests as of May 10
On May 10, the Virginia Department of Health received 22,962 confirmed reports and 1,119 COVID-19 cases throughout the Commonwealth.
“Possible” cases are cases diagnosed by doctors based on symptoms and exposure without testing – also known as clinical diagnosis.
The positive test results came out of 157,957 total tests conducted in Virginia, which were among 141,936 unique people. (Commissioner of health Dr. Norm Oliver explained in his briefing last Friday that about 10% of people were tested more than once, so the country now reports total tests and total people tested).
Tests from Monday to Tuesday increased by more than 5,000. From Tuesday to Thursday, there were 8,620 new tests, and from Thursday to Friday, the tests were up 6,662. From Friday to Saturday, there are 7,732 new tests, and there are 7,005 new tests on Sunday.
Overall, taking into account testing and positive results, around 15.2% of Virgin citizens who have been tested have received positive results. The recent increase in testing has lowered percentage points from more than 17% last week – and that number is the key to reopening on schedule, Governor Northam said Monday.
At this point, 3,211 Virgin citizens have been hospitalized due to a disease caused by a virus, and at least 839 have died due to causes related to this disease.
The number of hospitalizations and deaths is a total confirmed by the Virginia Department of Health, which is always delayed several days due to the logistics of a medical facility that reports information to the local health district, when it then reports it to the state health department.
That country website show a lot of details based on location, including hospitalization and death for each city or district, and will be updated soon to break up the data with a zip code as well.
The number of hospitalizations is cumulative – they represent the total number of people who were hospitalized due to illness during the outbreak and not the total number currently in the hospital. For current inpatient statistics, VHHA offers more useful data.
Where is our local case?
Details and map of the location of the health department, publicly available here, shows the number of confirmed cases every day, the number of people tested, total hospitalizations, total deaths and demographic damage, and damage by health district.
The following is a breakdown of our local case at 9 a.m. on May 10. You can find details for the entire state in the chart at the bottom of this article
• Augusta area – 64
• Buena Vista – 8
• Harrisonburg – 579
• Highland County – 2
• Lexington – 4
• Rockbridge County – 9
• Rockingham Regency – 344
• Staunton – 15
• Waynesboro – 21
The plague: 11, with 2 in long-term care facilities, 1 in health care settings, 6 in congregation settings, 1 in correctional facilities, and 1 in education settings
• Clarke District – 16
• The Frederick Region – 164
• County page – 128
• Shenandoah District – 245
• Warren County – 85
• Winchester – 66
The plague: 13, with 5 in long-term care facilities, 3 in health care settings, and 5 in gathering settings
The part of the Harrisonburg number, which has the most confirmed cases in our area, comes from the plague at Accordius Health Harrisonburg, where the Virginia Department of Health and UVA Health collaborated to test each resident and staff member, finding 81 residents and 12 positive staff members.
On Tuesday, May 5, the facility was completed confirmed 22 deaths because of the corona virus.
A separate outbreak in Harrisonburg, at the Harrisonburg Men’s Diversion Center, has produced at least 25 positive cases, according to the Virginia Penitentiary Department.
The others involve LSC Communications, which confirmed six cases on April 30th. The health district has not openly identified LCS as the location of the outbreak, but the number of cases they have confirmed to employees meets VDH’s definition of outbreaks as a whole outbreak arrangement. Since that date, companies have stopped providing updates to their employee hotlines.
In Page County, which changed from 30 cases on April 23 to 100 on April 30 and now up to 122, most of them are calculated from outbreaks in Skyview Springs Rehab, where 59 residents tested positive for the virus in the middle of the outbreak.
This facility has a total of 115 residents. According to Dr. Colin Greene, with the Lord Fairfax Health District, about 10-15 percent of staff members there were also positive.
In Shenandoah District, the Pasar Baru Poultry Product, which has more than 100 employees working every day, confirmed that they have had several positive employee tests – although exact numbers are not given.
The Central Shenandoah Health District currently has 11 identified outbreaks and the Lord Fairfax Health District has 13.
Dr. Colin Greene, director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, told the WHSV that they had searched for three “significant outbreaks” in their area, including two at work and one at a long-term care facility, even though he did not have permission from the facility to share their identities.
The outbreak was the main factor behind the increase in cases and deaths in all their districts over the past one and a half weeks.
Department of health officials have not detailed the majority of our outbreak locations, bearing in mind the Virginia state code requires permission to be given by the facility so that their information can be broadcast to the media. That’s because the Virginia code treats facilities the same as “people,” meaning their anonymity must be protected.
Many local outbreaks have been identified in gathering arrangements, which can include workplaces, apartment complexes, churches, fitness centers, or any arrangement with a group of people in one place.
Of the total inpatients in the country, at least 60 have been in the Central Shenandoah Health District. Of them, 2 in Augusta County, 35 in Harrisonburg, 22 in Rockingham County, and 1 in Waynesboro.
In the Lord Fairfax Health District, there are at least 62 hospitalizations. 22 of them have been in Shenandoah County and 13 in Page County.
As far as deaths, there have been six reported in Shenandoah County, 12 in Page County, one in Augusta County, 21 in Harrisonburg, and two in Rockingham County.
With one death in Rockingham District, WHSV was confirmed by Cargill that an employee of their Dayton factory had died from COVID-19. The company did not provide further details about whether an outbreak was being investigated, even though the situation at the poultry facility in Virginia had been a the governor’s main focus.
Norm Oliver, a state health commissioner, has said that it often takes several days before the local health district can enter death information into the state database. Laura Kornegay, director of the Central Shenandoah Health District, told the WHSV that deaths must first be reported to them by medical facilities, which is the main cause of the delay in the number reported for our area.
Kornegay also explained that if someone tested positive for COVID-19, that was what happened to their death certificate. The death certificate has room to register secondary causes of death, and that’s where ongoing health problems such as heart disease and cancer are registered – the same process is how flu deaths are reported.
Other local updates
To the east, there are at least 120 cases in Albemarle County, 66 in Charlottesville, 15 in Greene County, and 10 in Nelson County.
Want to know about the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in Virginia? Recovery information does not need to be sent to the Department of Health, so there is no accurate way to track that data for every confirmed case.
But there are ways to track the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 and have since been discharged – effectively tracking how many people have recovered from the most severe cases.
The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association updates their own data dash every day on hospital-specific statistics, including bed availability, ventilator use, and more. They online dashboard showed that, on May 10, at least 3,201 COVID-19 patients had been discharged from the hospital.
Unlike VDH data that report cumulative hospitalizations, their inpatient data reflect people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 (whether confirmed or pending cases), and the number is 1,555.
Data used by VDH to be reported cumulative hospitalization is based on information reported in hospital claims. On the other hand, figures reported by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association are based on the current census of hospitals, which provide separate data sets.
VDH data time
That Virginia Department of Health website COVID-19 update with the latest statewide number somewhere between 9 am and 10 am every day. In the past few days, it continues to spread towards 10am.
The numbers that appear on the list are based on cases that have been submitted to the department by 5 p.m. the previous day, so there was always a time lag between when the local health department announced positive test results and when departmental figures reflected the new results.
Reporting by the local health district
Our Virginia area is served mostly by the Central Shenandoah Health District, which includes the Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham areas, as well as cities in Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro; and Lord Fairfax Health District, which includes the counties of Shenandoah, Page, Frederick, Warren, and Clarke, and the city of Winchester.
Situation throughout the state of Virginia
Virginia remains under a series of public health and executive orders designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. The timeline of these steps can be seen below.
On Monday, May 4, Governor Ralph Northam announced this Executive Order 53, which closes many non-essential businesses in Virginia, will be extended until May 14.
At the same briefing, the governor outlining his plans for Virginia’s “Phase 1” reopening, which he said would be anticipated to begin on Friday, May 15. At that time, some businesses that had to be closed because EO 53 could be reopened, with special restrictions.
On Wednesday, April 29, Northam Governor announced the first public health order to end, allowing the elective procedure to continue on May 1. It also effectively reopened the dentist’s office for regular appointments and veterinary offices.
On April 24, governor outlines a blueprint for how Virginia can enter the reopening phase, calling on the Commonwealth to see a downward trend in total daily cases 14 days before the process begins.
Executive Order 53, which closes many non-essential businesses and prohibits meetings of more than 10 people, is scheduled to take place at least May 8, after The extension was announced by Northam in April.
Executive Order 55, the ‘Stay at Home’ order, signed by Northam on March 30, is scheduled to run at least June 10, as has been done since its signing. This instructs all Virginians to stay at home except for important needs.
Virginia remained in a state of emergency until June 10 too.
From the existing orders, Executive Order 53 can be enforced legally, so that someone holding a meeting of more than 10 people can be charged with Class 1 violations. You can learn more about how police enforcement by Northam’s executive order here.
What you need to know about preventing viruses
Most people don’t suffer much of COVID-19, but can cause severe illness in the elderly and people with existing health problems.
It spreads mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people can get the virus by touching objects or surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. In a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can cause death, especially among those who are older or who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms include fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear 14 days after exposure to an infectious person.
To reduce the risk of spreading respiratory germs, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers only if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hand) when coughing or sneezing.
• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Avoid contact with sick people.
• Avoid unnecessary trips.
At present there is no vaccine to prevent or antiviral treatment to treat COVID-19. The best way to avoid disease is to prevent exposure, which is why governments around the world have implemented the Stay at Home command.
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