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5 new COVID-19 cases in Gloucester

Five COVID-19 cases were identified in Gloucester County over the past week, bringing to 38 the cumulative number of cases in the county as of Wednesday morning. Nine of the 38 cases have resulted in hospitalizations. The county has seen one death from the virus.

Mathews has added no new cases in over a month, and remained at five cases on Wednesday morning, with two residents having been hospitalized and no deaths. Middlesex stands at 14 cases, one hospitalization, and no deaths.

The Three Rivers Health District overall has recorded 586 total cases since the pandemic began, with 46 patients hospitalized and 10 deaths as of Wednesday morning.

The most impacted locality in the district continues to be Richmond County, which had two outbreaks (one at the Haynesville Correctional Facility, which has resulted in 256 inmate cases and three staff cases) and has seen 294 overall cases, 11 hospitalizations, and six deaths. There were no additional cases this week in King and Queen County, where an outbreak caused a sudden increase in cases last week.

As of Wednesday morning, the statewide total of COVID-19 cases was 55,775, with 2,457 of those cases listed as probable. The cumulative number of people hospitalized with the illness was 5,692 as of Wednesday, with 31 of those probable. Thus far, 1,583 Virginia residents have died from COVID-19, 105 of them listed as probable for the illness.

With 491,884 PCR tests having been conducted statewide for the virus, the percent positive rate had decreased to 7.3 percent as of Wednesday morning, well below the 10 percent rate that indicates the state is conducting enough tests. The Three Rivers District has conducted 6,513 such tests and has a 2.4 percent positive rate.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, which provides daily figures for the number of people in hospitals, 938 people across Virginia were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, and the cumulative total of patients who had been treated and released was 7,429. Of those currently in the hospital with the illness, 625 were confirmed and 313 were pending confirmation. There were 249 patients in the ICU and 120 on ventilators. With 2,980 total ventilators in hospitals, a total of 603 were in use for all illnesses combined.