COVID-19 in Virginia: LIVE updates for Tuesday, March 31

Posted at 10:31 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 16:18:47-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- In an effort to provide accurate, easy-to-read information on the on-going COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our community, will update this post with the day's local coronavirus headlines and statistics.

COVID-19 in Virginia (Scroll to bottom for U.S. stats)

Positive Tests: 1,250 (+230 from Monday)
People Hospitalized: 165 (+29 from Monday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 27 (+2 from Monday)
People Tested: 13,401 12,038 (+1,363 from Monday)

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 7 (+1)
Albemarle: 21 (+2)
Alleghany: 1
Alexandria: 30 (+4)
Arlington: 104 (+18)
Amelia: 2 (+1)
Amherst: 3
Bedford: 2
Bristol: 1
Botetourt: 5
Brunswick: 1
Buckingham: 2
Campbell: 1
Carroll: 1
Charles City: 1
Charlottesville: 14
Chesapeake: 23 (+5)
Chesterfield: 43 (+22)
Clarke: 1
Culpeper: 3
Danville: 4
Emporia: *2 (from local health department)
Fairfax: 244 (+20)
Fairfax City: 1
Fauquier: 7 (+1)
Fluvanna: 3
Franklin City: 1
Franklin County: 5
Frederick: 12 (+2)
Fredericksburg: 1
Galax: 1
Gloucester: 7 (+1)
Goochland: 7 (+1)
Greene: 1
Greenesville: 3
Halifax: 1
Hanover: 6 (+1)
Hampton: 13 (+4)
Harrisonburg: 6
Henrico: 62 (+18)
Henry: 1
Hopewell: 4 (+1)
Isle of Wight: 4 (+1)
James City: 89 (+16)
Lancaster: 1
King George: 3
King and Queen: 1
King William: 1
Lee: 2
Louisa: 9 (+1)
Loudoun: 87 (+ 26)
Lynchburg: 5
Madison: 3
Manassas City: 8 (+1)
Manassas Park: 1
Mathews: 2
Mecklenburg: 4
Montgomery: 1
Nelson: 2
New Kent: 1
Newport News: 23 (+5)
Norfolk: 27 (+10)
Northampton: 1
Northumberland: 3 (+1)
Nottoway: 1
Orange: 2 (+1)
Page: 1
Petersburg: 2
Pittsylvania: 1
Poquoson: 2
Portsmouth: 12 (+8)
Powhatan: 4 (+1)
Prince Edward: 2
Prince George: 7 (+2)
Prince William: 94 (+15)
Radford: 1
Richmond City: 26 (+1)
Roanoke City: 6
Roanoke County: 3 (+1)
Rockbridge: 2
Rockingham: 5
Shenandoah: 7 (+1)
Smyth: 1
Spotsylvania: 7 (+1)
Southampton: 1
Stafford: 24 (+4)
Suffolk: 4 (+1)
Surry: 1
Tazewell: 2
Virginia Beach: 65 (+13)
Warren: 3
Washington: 2
Waynesboro: 2
Winchester: 3
Williamsburg: 8 (+1)
Wythe: 1
York: 14 (+3)

*NOTE: This data is provided from the Virginia Department of Health daily at 9 a.m. Officials said their cutoff for data is 5 p.m. the previous day. So your local health department may have issued an alert about a case before it is added to the statewide tally released the following day.

Depend on CBS 6 News and for the most complete coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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