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Virginia breaks record with nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in single day

Health Department: Sunday's case counts are 'complete and accurate picture'
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Posted at 12:16 PM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 23:13:39-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia reported the biggest increase in COVID-19 cases in a single day during the pandemic for the second day in a row this weekend.

The state reported 9,914 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Health called Sunday's case counts "a complete and accurate picture of the daily numbers."

"This increase is likely due to exposures during the holidays, similar to after Thanksgiving," officials said. "VDH reminds Virginians to be vigilant and use the recommended guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19."

The previous record for new cases in Virginia was set on Jan. 16, when 6,757 cases were reported.

Virginia has reported a total 439,305 virus cases, with 357,345 of those cases confirmed and 81,960 determined to be probable.

Virginia's seven-day positivity rate is 13.8%, down from 14.1% Saturday.

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COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.