Virginia May 2 COVID-19 update: 870 confirmed cases with 35 new deaths


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 870 confirmed COVID-19 cases for Saturday along with 35 new deaths.

As of Saturday morning, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia is now up to 17,731 with an additional 103 people hospitalized due to the virus. Over 6,800 new tests were submitted.

Of the 17,731 COVID-19 cases overall statewide, 16,979 were confirmed by testing. 752 were probable cases, in which a patient who shows symptoms is diagnosed without testing.

Fairfax County leads the state in COVID-19 related deaths with 153 overall. Accomack saw another rise of confirmed cases with 50 additional residents testing positive for virus Saturday.

Here’s the latest breakdown for the Tidewater (May 2):

Accomack: 353 cases, 19 hospitalized, 5 deaths
Chesapeake: 263 cases, 61 hospitalized, 7 deaths 
Franklin: 23 cases 3 hospitalized, 1 death
Gloucester: 24 cases, 5 hospitalized, 1 deaths
Hampton: 122 cases, 28 hospitalized, 1 deaths
Isle of Wight: 99 cases, 9 hospitalized, 2 deaths
James City County: 161 cases, 51 hospitalized, 12 deaths
Mathews: 4 cases, 1 hospitalized, 0 deaths
Newport News: 123 cases, 33 hospitalized, 9 deaths
Norfolk: 211 cases, 42 hospitalized, 3 deaths
Northampton: 94 cases, 3 hospitalized, 0 deaths
Poquoson: 6 cases, 2 hospitalized, 0 deaths
Portsmouth: 173 cases 34 hospitalized, 8 deaths
Southampton: 125 cases 3 hospitalized, 1 death
Suffolk: 178 cases, 32 hospitalized, 13 deaths
Virginia Beach: 413 cases, 81 hospitalized, 15 deaths
Williamsburg: 21 cases, 6 hospitalized, 2 death
York: 46 cases, 7 hospitalized, 1 death

To look at data from each locality, click here.

After being ranked near the bottom of the list of states in the U.S. for their testing capacity, Virginia revealed a new metric on Friday for which they will be measuring testing.

The reason for the large spike in testing reported Friday (14,805) compared to previous days is that the methodology in which testing is reported has changed, officials say.

Before the change, though a COVID-19 patient may get tested multiple times over the course of treatment, the Virginia Health Department was only reporting the sum of the patient’s tests as one single test.

They will now report one patient being tested multiple times as multiple tests.

According to the Virginia Hospital Healthcare Association, 968 residents in Virginia with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are currently hospitalized with 202 of those on ventilators.

This article will be updated throughout the day.

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