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Virginia reports highest increase in virus cases in a day

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Posted at 9:04 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 21:04:25-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia has reported the biggest increase in COVID-19 cases in one day during the pandemic. The state reported 3,793 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday.

The state's health department says some of the cases were due to a backlog of data entering the system. The previous record for new cases in Virginia was set on Nov. 23, when there were 3,242 cases.

Virginia has reported a total 251,173 virus cases, with 220,510 of those cases confirmed and 30,663 determined to be probable.

Virginia's seven-day positivity rate is 10%.

Click here for complete city/county-by-county breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Virginia

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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.