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COVID-19 in Virginia: 18 new outbreaks reported Friday

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Posted at 12:51 PM, Feb 26, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 2,606 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Friday. That means 18 new outbreaks were recorded since Thursday's reporting.

Data show 932 (+1 from yesterday's report) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 29,881 COVID-19 cases and 3,477 deaths. That is up 37 cases and 69 additional deaths from the previous day's report.

Fourteen new outbreaks were recorded in a congregate setting.

Three new outbreaks were recorded in an educational setting: 162 (no change) in child care centers, 70 (+1) in colleges/universities and 175 (+2) in K-12 schools.

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The health department reported 1,657 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 38,143 total tests processed since yesterday. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 572,639. Of those cases, 64,409 (+447 from previous day) are associated with outbreaks.

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As of Friday's update, 23,987 (+107 from previous day) people had been hospitalized and 8,197 (+234) people had died as a result of COVID-19-related illnesses, according to VDH data.

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More women have been infected by the virus at 292,815 cases versus the 272,702 cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 7,122 cases in the Commonwealth.

The coronavirus first most impacted people aged 50 to 69, which currently accounts for nearly 25 percent of cases in Virginia.

However, people aged 30 to 49 now account for 31.4 percent of cases, data show.

Additionally, people in their 20s account for more than 19 percent of cases in the state.

*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.

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.
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  • Avoid non-essential travel.

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