Virginia reports its highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases to date

Jane Harper, The Virginian-Pilot
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Virginia reported its highest daily number of new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with 2,103 new cases recorded, according to Virginia Department of Health statistics.

The previous highest daily number was on August 7, when there were 2,015 reported, the department’s data shows. That increase in August was due to a data backlog from earlier in the week, health officials said at the time.

The Virginian-Pilot was unable to reach a spokesperson for the health department on Saturday to determine if another backlog, or other issue, contributed to the latest high figure.

While the number of new cases in the Tidewater region has largely plateaued over the past several weeks, they’ve been surging in Southwestern Virginia, the data shows, particularly in Appalachia and the Roanoke Valley.

To date, the department has confirmed 175,187 COVID-19 cases and recorded another 15,686 as probable.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in Virginia as of Saturday was 3,704. The current 7-day positivity rate was listed at six percent.

“National and state trends are concerning as we enter the holiday season, heralding colder weather and and increased travel,” the health department wrote in its weekly coronavirus update. “It is essential that all Virginians do their part to stop the spread by practicing basic prevention and following the guidance in the Forward Virginia plan.”

Jane Harper. 757-222-5097, jane.harper@pilotonline.com

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