Virginia August 6 COVID-19 update: 1,845 new cases, hospitalizations jump again; VDH sees significant increase of Delta variant

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia reported nearly 2,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday along with another jump in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Hospitalizations are up more than threefold from 4 weeks ago, to 724 total current patients.

State metrics

  • New cases (+1,845, 704,664 total), 1,469 per day
  • New deaths (+12, 11,558 total), 4 per day
  • Current hospitalizations (+56 patients, 724 total currently), up more than threefold compared to 4 weeks ago
  • Test positivity: 7.1%
  • Vaccine doses administered: 9,520,469
  • Percent of population with at least one dose: 61% (5,206,893 people overall)
  • Percent of adults (18+) with at least one dose: 73%
  • Percent of population fully vaccinated: 54.4% (4,642,482 people overall)
  • Percent of adults fully vaccinated: 65.4%

Virginia also reported 12 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday. Deaths are still well below previous levels at about 4 per day, but could see a jump due to recent infections in unvaccinated people. Virus levels in your community currently are likely higher than reported numbers due to lag.

VDH data for cases by vaccination status shows new cases, hospitalizations and deaths are overwhelmingly in unvaccinated people.

On Friday, VDH announced that the commonwealth is seeing a significant increase in the Delta variant.

“The Delta variant is here in Virginia, and it is hitting our unvaccinated population especially hard,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D, M.A. “We have a very effective tool to stop transmission of COVID-19: vaccination. There is no question that COVID-19 vaccination is saving lives and preventing and reducing illness. I urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Do it for your families, your friends, your neighbors, yourself, and join the millions of others who are protected.”

On Fridays, VDH updates its dashboard that lists the number of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths caused by a variant of concern reported in Virginia since December 1, 2020. VDH says reporting of a variant type takes longer than standard coronavirus testing.

Local test positivity: 11.4% on average

  • Chesapeake – 13.2%
  • Eastern Shore – 10.7%
  • Hampton – 11.1%
  • Norfolk – 11%
  • Peninsula – 10.5%
  • Portsmouth – 12.8%
  • Virginia Beach – 9.8%
  • Western Tidewater – 11.9%

For individual case counts and other figures for your city/town/county, click here.

Any coronavirus data/coverage you’d like to see added to our daily reports? Email For more information on Virginia data, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

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