VDH reports largest COVID case spike since early October with 3,688 new cases; hospitalizations drop by 81 Thursday

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — On Thursday morning, Virginia health officials reported 3,688 new coronavirus cases — the largest single-day spike in cases since Oct. 6 — and 30 new virus-related deaths, which brings the Commonwealth’s total COVID-19 count up to 1,009,933 confirmed and probable cases and 15,055 confirmed and probable deaths.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) confirmed 741,004 cases and 12,633 deaths are related to the virus as of Thursday, Dec. 16. However, 268,929 cases and 2,422 deaths are still reported as “probable.”

Meanwhile, the department says the seven-day testing positivity rate for all types of COVID-19 tests has decreased from 8.6 percent to 8.5 percent over the past 24 hours.

Health officials reported 3,688 new COVID-19 cases and 30 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth, but also 81 less virus-related hospitalizations between Dec. 15, 2021 and Dec. 16, 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: 2,391 cases (+8), 85 hospitalizations, and 85 deaths
  • Amherst County: 4,684 cases (+13), 239 hospitalizations, and 62 deaths
  • Appomattox County: 2,614 cases (+2)129 hospitalizations (+1), and 37 deaths
  • Bath County: 534 cases, 20 hospitalizations, and 15 deaths
  • Bedford County: 10,872 cases (+20)446 hospitalizations (+6), and 169 deaths
  • Bland County: 1,150 cases (+3), 51 hospitalizations, and 18 deaths
  • Botetourt County: 4,463 cases (+24), 98 hospitalizations, and 58 deaths
  • Buena Vista: 1,466 cases (+1), 34 hospitalizations, and 31 deaths
  • Campbell County: 7,952 cases (+18), 390 hospitalizations (+1), and 153 deaths (+1)
  • Carroll County: 4,548 cases (+12), 335 hospitalizations (+1), and 107 deaths (+1)
  • Charlotte County: 1,450 cases (+7), 87 hospitalizations (+1), and 28 deaths
  • Covington: 797 cases (+2), 33 hospitalizations, and 19 deaths
  • Craig County: 705 cases (+3), 22 hospitalizations, and 11 deaths
  • Danville: 6,747 cases (+126), 386 hospitalizations (+8), and 204 deaths
  • Floyd County: 1,674 cases (+10), 52 hospitalizations, and 32 deaths
  • Franklin County: 6,935 cases (+33)285 hospitalizations (+1), and 117 deaths (+1)
  • Galax: 1,701 cases (+12), 137 hospitalizations, and 65 deaths
  • Giles County: 2,502 cases (+14), 95 hospitalizations, and 35 deaths
  • Grayson County: 2,438 cases (+22), 156 hospitalizations (+1), and 56 deaths
  • Halifax County: 4,305 cases (+23), 186 hospitalizations (+1), and 117 deaths
  • Henry County: 7,351 cases (+18), 475 hospitalizations (+1), and 190 deaths
  • Highland County: 216 cases (+1), 2 hospitalizations, and 4 deaths
  • Lexington: 1,661 cases (+2), 38 hospitalizations, and 37 deaths
  • Lynchburg: 12,417 cases (+27), 521 hospitalizations (+4), and 205 deaths
  • Martinsville: 2,297 cases (+7), 187 hospitalizations, and 94 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 12,529 cases (+32), 276 hospitalizations, and 117 deaths
  • Nelson County: 1,577 cases (+6), 63 hospitalizations, and 23 deaths
  • Patrick County: 2,411 cases (+1), 138 hospitalizations, and 61 deaths
  • Pittsylvania County: 8,760 cases (+47), 401 hospitalizations (+5), and 134 deaths
  • Pulaski County: 4,610 cases (+19), 233 hospitalizations, and 102 deaths (+1)
  • Radford: 3,161 cases (+9), 55 hospitalizations, and 37 deaths
  • Roanoke City: 13,502 cases (+50), 333 hospitalizations, and 264 deaths (+2)
  • Roanoke County: 13,340 cases (+55), 273 hospitalizations, and 190 deaths (+1)
  • Rockbridge County: 2,358 cases (+5), 83 hospitalizations, and 67 deaths
  • Salem: 4,098 cases (+17), 102 hospitalizations, and 79 deaths
  • Wythe County: 4,959 cases (+7), 276 hospitalizations (+2), and 114 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 40,038 total records of confirmed and probable virus-related hospitalizations around Virginia as of Thursday, which is 81 less hospitalizations than VDH reported on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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

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