VDH reports 6,473 new COVID cases in Thursday update, marking 4th highest case spike of the pandemic

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia health officials reported 6,473 new coronavirus cases — which marks the largest single-day increase in cases since Jan. 18, as well as the fourth highest case spike of the entire pandemic — and 33 new virus-related deaths on Thursday. This brings the Commonwealth’s total COVID-19 count up to 1,040,580 confirmed and probable cases and 15,257 confirmed and probable deaths.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) confirmed 760,209 cases and 12,813 deaths are related to the virus as of Thursday, Dec. 23. However, 280,371 cases and 2,444 deaths are still reported as “probable.”

Meanwhile, the department says the seven-day testing positivity rate for all types of COVID-19 tests has increased from 10 percent to 10.8 percent over the past 24 hours.

Health officials reported 6,473 new COVID-19 cases, 132 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 33 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth between Dec. 22, 2021 and Dec. 23, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia Department of Health)

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

  • Alleghany County: 2,451 cases (+2), 85 hospitalizations, and 86 deaths
  • Amherst County: 4,760 cases (+5), 244 hospitalizations, and 62 deaths
  • Appomattox County: 2,648 cases (+9), 133 hospitalizations, and 37 deaths
  • Bath County: 551 cases, 20 hospitalizations, and 15 deaths
  • Bedford County: 11,076 cases (+29)454 hospitalizations (+1), and 174 deaths (+1)
  • Bland County: 1,165 cases (+1), 53 hospitalizations, and 18 deaths
  • Botetourt County: 4,587 cases (+17)104 hospitalizations (+1), and 62 deaths (+1)
  • Buena Vista: 1,482 cases (+2), 36 hospitalizations, and 32 deaths
  • Campbell County: 8,089 cases (+34), 395 hospitalizations, and 155 deaths
  • Carroll County: 4,633 cases (+10), 338 hospitalizations, and 110 deaths
  • Charlotte County: 1,483 cases (+8), 87 hospitalizations, and 30 deaths (+1)
  • Covington: 803 cases (+1), 33 hospitalizations, and 19 deaths
  • Craig County: 719 cases (+5), 22 hospitalizations, and 11 deaths
  • Danville: 6,783 cases (-6), 389 hospitalizations, and 206 deaths
  • Floyd County: 1,713 cases (+2), 54 hospitalizations, and 32 deaths
  • Franklin County: 7,084 cases (+23), 292 hospitalizations, and 126 deaths (+3)
  • Galax: 1,739 cases (+12), 140 hospitalizations, and 65 deaths
  • Giles County: 2,545 cases (+4), 96 hospitalizations, and 37 deaths (+1)
  • Grayson County: 2,544 cases (+12), 161 hospitalizations, and 56 deaths
  • Halifax County: 4,398 cases (+13), 191 hospitalizations, and 119 deaths (+1)
  • Henry County: 7,489 cases (+24), 484 hospitalizations, and 199 deaths (+1)
  • Highland County: 223 cases (+1), 3 hospitalizations, and 4 deaths
  • Lexington: 1,675 cases (+7), 38 hospitalizations, and 37 deaths
  • Lynchburg: 12,593 cases (+22), 528 hospitalizations, and 212 deaths (+1)
  • Martinsville: 2,325 cases (+5), 188 hospitalizations, and 95 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 12,741 cases (+36), 282 hospitalizations, and 117 deaths
  • Nelson County: 1,630 cases (+10), 64 hospitalizations, and 22 deaths
  • Patrick County: 2,473 cases (+16), 138 hospitalizations, and 63 deaths
  • Pittsylvania County: 8,922 cases (+36), 411 hospitalizations (+2), and 136 deaths
  • Pulaski County: 4,682 cases (+9), 234 hospitalizations, and 104 deaths
  • Radford: 3,206 cases (+8), 55 hospitalizations, and 38 deaths
  • Roanoke City: 13,728 cases (+31), 333 hospitalizations, and 268 deaths
  • Roanoke County: 13,566 cases (+44)278 hospitalizations (-1), and 192 deaths
  • Rockbridge County: 2,393 cases (+5), 85 hospitalizations (+1), and 69 deaths (+1)
  • Salem: 4,183 cases (+18)107 hospitalizations (+2), and 83 deaths (+2)
  • Wythe County: 5,044 cases (+11), 280 hospitalizations (+3), and 116 deaths

**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 40,203 total records of confirmed and probable virus-related hospitalizations around Virginia as of Thursday, which is 132 more hospitalizations than VDH reported on Wednesday, Dec. 22.

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