COVID-19 Coronavirus infections in Virginia have topped 2,000 with 2012 reported today by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) with 46 deaths and 19,005 tested throughout the Commonwealth.
The infections increased by 306 from Thursday. At least 312 are hospitalized, the department said in its Thursday report.
Floyd and Patrick Counties continue to be among the few Virginia areas with no positive test confirmations. Montgomery County has one, with another in the City of Radford, four in Franklin, nine in Roanoke City, five in Roanoke County, one in Salem, one in Carroll and one in Pulaski.
In a press briefing Friday, Dr. Molly O’Dell, director of the response for the Alleghany and Roanoke City Health Districts, said current test results only show the level of infections from up to seven days ago and are not current.
“We are in a place in Southwestern Virginia in particular where we are seeing many of the cases are related to funerals, in addition to travel. So that’s one community activity that has been hard for people to suspend, funerals,” she said.
“We are also at a place where we are calling the transmission of Sars-COV-2 a sustained community transmission. The definition of that is when there is greater than five cases, not including family members, acquired in the community.”
“This is really important, when you look at our meager testing kits collectively,” she said. “Everybody is trying to prioritize our first responders, our health care workers and those patients most likely to have adverse reactions.”
A press conference expected later Friday from Gov. Ralph Northam may change the numbers because the VDH numbers run a few hours behind the counts compiled by his administration.
Worldwide infections topped 1 million with 1,087,308 with 55,315 deaths and 227,989 recoveries, reports the World Health Organization.
Infections in the United States hit 269,996 in the latest report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) with 6,924 deaths and 12,015 recovered.