Virginia added its largest one day total to the confirmed COVID-19 case count. The Eastern Shore added five new cases, with four in Accomack and one in Northampton County. This brings the total to 28 Accomack County cases and 5 Northampton County cases for a Shore total of 33. Virginia’s total now tops 7,000 at 7,491. Virginia is 18th in the nation for COVID-19 infections.
Virginia also reported 23 new deaths, bringing the total to 231.
As of Friday morning, 1,221 Virginians have been hospitalized and 48,997 people have been tested.
Statewide there are 809 confirmed positives currently hospitalized. There are 499 hospitalized but not yet confirmed.
The are 224 patients currently on a ventilator.
There are 2862 ventilators on hand statewide.
There are 622 ventilators currently in use ( for COVID-19 and other needs) . This represents 22% of the available ventilators.
There are 5587 available hospital beds in Virginia.
Since the beginning of the virus spread, 1110 Virginians have been treated and released from hospitals in the state.
According to Jon Richardson with the ES Health District, in order for a case to be “closed” and for the person to be allowed out of isolation, a minimum of 7 days must have passed since the onset of their symptoms and they must have been at least 3 consecutive days symptom free. The latter excludes the presence of a cough as grounds for extension of isolation unless there are other accompanying symptoms such as fever, sore throat, loss of smell/taste, etc. So far, the Eastern Shore has 10 people out of the 33 who have met this criteria and been released from isolation, leaving a total of 23 active cases locally.
Source: Virginia Hospital Association website