Virginia May 12 COVID-19 update: 730 new cases, 41 deaths reported statewide; Eastern Shore test results likely still pending


Correction: WAVY incorrectly reported the increase in deaths statewide from Monday in an earlier version of this story. The error has been corrected and WAVY regrets the error.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia reported 730 new COVID-19 cases and 41 deaths on Tuesday, along with 3,481 new tests.

Tidewater accounted for 34 of the new cases (4.6%) and 3 of the 41 new deaths reported Tuesday.

Of the 41 new deaths statewide, a rebound in deaths after three straight days of 15 or fewer deaths, 3 were in Hampton Roads (1 in Virginia Beach, 1 in Suffolk and 1 in Portsmouth).

Hospitalizations increased slightly from Monday, up to 1,529 across the state, per Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association data. ICU and ventilator patients also increased slightly.

Here’s the graph of Virginia’s COVID-19 hospitalizations over time.

The number of positive tests to total tests is about 15%, but Gov. Northam said Monday that Northern Virginia’s 25% positive rate is skewing the statewide percentage higher.

Here’s the latest breakdown for Tidewater as of May 12:

Accomack: 530 cases, 23 hospitalized 7 death
Chesapeake: 343 cases, 70 hospitalized, 9 deaths
Franklin:  26 cases, 3 hospitalized, 1 deaths
Gloucester: 27 cases, 7 hospitalized, 1 death
Hampton: 147 cases,  29 hospitalized, 3 death
Isle of Wight: 113 cases, 10 hospitalized, 3 deaths
James City County: 174 cases, 53 hospitalized, 15 deaths
Mathews: 5 cases, 1 hospitalized, 0 deaths,
Newport News: 166 cases, 36 hospitalized, 10 deaths
Norfolk: 319 cases, 52 hospitalized, 5 deaths
Northampton: 171 cases 9 hospitalized, 5 deaths
Poquoson: 7 cases, 2 hospitalized, 0 death
Portsmouth: 210 cases,  38 hospitalized, 9 deaths
Southampton: 131 cases, 3 hospitalized, 1 death
Suffolk: 216 cases,  39 hospitalized, 20 deaths
Virginia Beach: 509 cases, 85 hospitalized, 18 deaths
Williamsburg: 42 cases, 9 hospitalized, 3 death
York: 59 cases, 8  hospitalized, 2 death

Quick highlights:

  • Accomack and Northampton cases only increased by 7 total from Monday, meaning we’re likely still waiting on the test results from widescale testing at the Eastern Shore’s Perdue and Tyson chicken plants and from community testing conducted over the weekend.

VDH’s graph of cases shows many tests over the past few days likely haven’t been reported due to lag in getting test results.

  • 3 new deaths locally: 1 in Portsmouth, 1 in Suffolk and 1 in Virginia Beach

For a closer look at each Virginia locality, click here.

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