VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Health is now reporting "probable" as well as laboratory-confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 illness. As of Monday, the 8,990 cases include patients with a positive test and those who are symptomatic with a known exposure to COVID-19.
The cases represent an increase of 453 since Sunday. The number of deaths rose by 23 to a total of 300 statewide.
Henrico County continues to lead the state with 72 deaths. The county is home to the hard-hit Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center. The facility reported at least 49 deaths and over 100 people who tested positive for COVID-19, according to WRIC. The medical director in charge told the television station that the end of the crisis is approaching as new cases have gone down.
Among the state's 139 outbreaks, 77 are in long-term care facilities. These outbreaks, defined as two or more confirmed cases, are associated with 915 cases and 77 deaths at long-term care facilities.
As of Monday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 1,500 hospitalizations, reflecting the case status when the state health department began investigating a case. The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, which provides more detailed data on hospitalized patients, says 1,296 hospitalized people tested positive or are awaiting test results. That's down from 1,319 hospitalized people reported Sunday. The association says 1,324 people who tested positive have been discharged from hospitals.
Of the hospitalized people with confirmed or pending test results, 396 are in the intensive care unit (ICU) and 327 are on ventilators. There are 626 ventilators in use at hospitals among the 2,908 available across Virginia. That represents a 22 percent ventilator use in Virginia hospitals. The association reported six hospitals that will have difficulty obtaining or replenishing personal protective equipment (PPE) in the next 72 hours.
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The Fairfax Health District leads the state with 1,970 cases. That includes 1,925 in Fairfax County, 24 in Falls Church City and 21 in Fairfax City, the state health department reported. The next highest number of cases are 793 in the Prince William Health District, 598 in Henrico County, 593 in Arlington County, 446 in Loudoun County and 421 in Alexandria.
As of Monday, 56,735 people in the state have been tested for the virus. The Fairfax Health District has seen 8,958 people tested, followed by 3,831 in the Prince William Health District, 3,337 in Virginia Beach, 2,594 in the Peninsula Health District and 2,437 in Arlington County.
Non-essential entertainment, recreation and personal care businesses are closed at least through May 8 after Gov. Ralph Northam extended his order. Under this order, restaurants must continue to operate with takeout and delivery service only. Northam's separate stay-at-home order is in effect through June 10 and bans gatherings of more than 10 people. The governor encouraged the public to wear cloth face coverings.
Based on data modeling and information from hospitals, the current social distancing measures and other actions are working to prevent major spikes in cases of the coronavirus, Northam said Wednesday at his coronavirus press briefing. Because the state's actions appear to be "flattening the curve" of coronavirus cases, the governor said now is not the time to lift any of the restrictions implemented over the past month. The first phase under President Trump's three-phase reopening guidance requires positive tests on a downward trend for 14 days. Virginia doesn't yet meet that criteria as cases continue to rise.