RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia health officials reported 3,457 new coronavirus cases and 28 new virus-related deaths on Friday morning, which brings the Commonwealth’s total COVID-19 count up to 1,013,390 confirmed and probable cases and 15,083 confirmed and probable deaths.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) confirmed 743,110 cases and 12,657 deaths are related to the virus as of Friday, Dec. 17. However, 270,280 cases and 2,426 deaths are still reported as “probable.”

Meanwhile, the department says the seven-day testing positivity rate for all types of COVID-19 tests has stayed at 8.5 percent over the past 24 hours.

Health officials reported 3,457 new COVID-19 cases and 28 new virus-related deaths, but also 75 less virus-related hospitalizations around the Commonwealth between Dec. 16, 2021 and Dec. 17, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia Department of Health)

According to VDH’s Friday update, more than 162,000 cases have been reported from the following localities in southwest and central Virginia:

  • Alleghany County: 2,397 cases (+6), 85 hospitalizations, and 85 deaths
  • Amherst County: 4,691 cases (+7), 239 hospitalizations, and 62 deaths
  • Appomattox County: 2,619 cases (+5)130 hospitalizations (+1), and 37 deaths
  • Bath County: 536 cases (+2), 20 hospitalizations, and 15 deaths
  • Bedford County: 10,903 cases (+31)447 hospitalizations (+1), and 171 deaths (+2)
  • Bland County: 1,151 cases (+1), 51 hospitalizations, and 18 deaths
  • Botetourt County: 4,483 cases (+20), 98 hospitalizations, and 58 deaths
  • Buena Vista: 1,468 cases (+2), 34 hospitalizations, and 31 deaths
  • Campbell County: 7,974 cases (+22), 391 hospitalizations (+1), and 153 deaths
  • Carroll County: 4,557 cases (+9), 335 hospitalizations, and 107 deaths
  • Charlotte County: 1,456 cases (+6), 87 hospitalizations, and 28 deaths
  • Covington: 798 cases (+1), 33 hospitalizations, and 19 deaths
  • Craig County: 706 cases (+1), 23 hospitalizations (+1), and 11 deaths
  • Danville: 6,741 cases (-6), 386 hospitalizations, and 204 deaths
  • Floyd County: 1,678 cases (+4)53 hospitalizations (+1), and 32 deaths
  • Franklin County: 6,959 cases (+24)287 hospitalizations (+2), and 118 deaths (+1)
  • Galax: 1,703 cases (+2)138 hospitalizations (+1), and 65 deaths
  • Giles County: 2,507 cases (+5), 95 hospitalizations, and 35 deaths
  • Grayson County: 2,485 cases (+47), 156 hospitalizations), and 56 deaths
  • Halifax County: 4,319 cases (+14), 186 hospitalizations, and 118 deaths (+1)
  • Henry County: 7,369 cases (+18), 478 hospitalizations (+3), and 192 deaths (+2)
  • Highland County: 219 cases (+3), 3 hospitalizations (+1), and 4 deaths
  • Lexington: 1,661 cases, 38 hospitalizations, and 37 deaths
  • Lynchburg: 12,437 cases (+20), 522 hospitalizations (+1), and 206 deaths (+1)
  • Martinsville: 2,307 cases (+10), 187 hospitalizations, and 94 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 12,568 cases (+39), 277 hospitalizations (+1), and 117 deaths
  • Nelson County: 1,581 cases (+4), 62 hospitalizations (-1), and 22 deaths (-1)
  • Patrick County: 2,419 cases (+8), 138 hospitalizations, and 62 deaths (+1)
  • Pittsylvania County: 8,781 cases (+21), 407 hospitalizations (+6), and 134 deaths
  • Pulaski County: 4,620 cases (+10), 233 hospitalizations, and 103 deaths (+1)
  • Radford: 3,169 cases (+8), 55 hospitalizations, and 37 deaths
  • Roanoke City: 13,535 cases (+33), 333 hospitalizations, and 265 deaths (+1)
  • Roanoke County: 13,373 cases (+33)274 hospitalizations (+1), and 190 deaths
  • Rockbridge County: 2,363 cases (+5), 83 hospitalizations, and 67 deaths
  • Salem: 4,109 cases (+11)103 hospitalizations (+1), and 81 deaths (+2)
  • Wythe County: 4,974 cases (+15), 276 hospitalizations, and 115 deaths (+1)

**items in bold indicate increases or decreases in the total number of cases, hospitalizations, and/or deaths since the previous weekday**

Health officials say they have received 39,963 total records of confirmed and probable virus-related hospitalizations around Virginia as of Friday, which is 75 less hospitalizations than VDH reported on Thursday, Dec. 16.

This marks the fifth drop in hospitalizations over the past six days, but the VDH has yet to provide a reason for the decrease in numbers.