Courtesy of Virginia National Guard
Courtesy of Virginia National Guard

Virginia had 676 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, the state health department said Friday, bringing the state total to 48,532 cases.

However, despite nearly 6,000 cases being reported since Friday, May 29, the seven-day rate of positive tests for the state stands at 10.1 percent, not including antibody tests. It’s been declining steadily, down from 13.4 percent on May 29.

Gov. Ralph Northam said he wants to see a 14-day downward trend in the percentage of positive cases and hospitalizations, as well as an increase in the number of tests and personal protective equipment available between each phase before moving forward.

So far, 361,519 tests have been given, not including antibody tests. More than 10,100 tests were reported in the past 24 hours. Since May 29, more than 65,000 tests have been given.

Also, the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is 1,205, down 61 from Thursday, according to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. Of those patients, 831 have tested positive and 374 are awaiting test results.

It’s fewer positive patients than Thursday and fewer are waiting for results. So far, 6,392 patients with the virus have been discharged after being hospitalized, about 108 more than Thursday. In the past week, more than 700 patients have been released from the hospital.

There have been 1,453 coronavirus-related deaths in Virginia, including eight reported overnight. In the past week, 95 deaths have been reported.

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