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COVID-19 Live Updates | Virginia has 2,600+ new cases

You'll find important information about coronavirus cases as well as the impacts that COVID-19 is having on life in Hampton Roads and in northeastern North Carolina.

Web Editor's Note: As of November 7, 2020, we will be using the combined total of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 when we report daily numbers. That figure is what departments of health use in making their decisions about coronavirus. Prior to that date, the figures we used represented confirmed cases only.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

9:37 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,641 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday morning. The state has seen 860,493 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, 2,111 people in Virginia are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 552 people are being treated in an intensive care unit.

12,647 people across the state have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 141
  • Norfolk -- 84
  • Newport News -- 74
  • Chesapeake -- 99
  • Hampton -- 59
  • James City County -- 31
  • Portsmouth -- 55
  • Suffolk -- 47
  • York County -- 19
  • Gloucester County -- 28
  • Isle of Wight County -- 23
  • Poquoson -- 10
  • Mathews County -- 5

Monday, Sept. 27 

1:52 p.m.

North Carolina added 2,665 newly-reported cases today. The state has seen 1,382,231 total cases since the pandemic began.

There are 3,012 North Carolinians being treated in hospitals for the virus. 870 people are being treated in an ICU, and 21% of patients who are hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide are currently on ventilators. 

16,235 people have died from COVID-19 in the Tar Heel state.

9:22 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 1,997 new cases this morning. The state has now seen 857,852 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. 

Right now, 2,068 people in Virginia are being treated in hospitals for the virus. That's a decrease of 38 people since Friday. 

12,592 Virginians have died from COVID-19. 

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 85
  • Norfolk -- 60
  • Newport News -- 53
  • Chesapeake -- 39
  • Hampton -- 38
  • James City County -- 24
  • Portsmouth -- 24
  • Suffolk -- 16
  • York County -- 13
  • Gloucester County -- 13
  • Isle of Wight County -- 7
  • Poquoson -- 7
  • Mathews County -- 6

Friday, Sept. 24

12:35 p.m.

North Carolina added 5,805 newly-reported cases to its running count Friday. The state has seen 1,368,743 total cases since the pandemic began.

There are 3,359 North Carolinians being treated in hospitals for the virus. 895 people are being treated in an ICU.

16,108 people have died from COVID-19.

Vaccinations are ticking up in North Carolina. Here's the latest:

  • 69% of adults have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. 64% are fully vaccinated.
  • The state has seen 11,064,828 total doses administered.

12:25 p.m.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 138
  • Chesapeake -- 94
  • Norfolk -- 74
  • Newport News -- 65
  • Hampton -- 49
  • James City County -- 21
  • Portsmouth -- 42
  • Suffolk -- 36
  • York County -- 22
  • Gloucester County -- 23
  • Isle of Wight County -- 22
  • Poquoson -- 7
  • Mathews County -- 4

9:25 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 2,886 new COVID-19 cases Friday morning. The state has seen 849,865 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, 2,106 people in Virginia are being treated in hospitals for the virus. That's 62 fewer people since yesterday's update.

While hospitalizations are the highest since February 2021, the number of people being admitted has leveled off since Sept. 13. The seven-day moving average of total hospitalizations has plateaued since that date.

12,511 people have died from COVID-19.

VDH hasn't updated its locality information yet, so the new case counts for Hampton Roads aren't available yet.

Thursday, Sept. 23

1 p.m.

In North Carolina, health officials added 5,953 new COVID-19 cases to the daily dashboard. The state now has a daily positivity rate of 9.1%, that's lower than the rate reported yesterday.

According to the NC DHHS, there are 3,231 patients receiving hospital treatment in the state for COVID-19 at this time.

Currently, 68% of NC adults have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 63% of adults are fully vaccinated.

9:25 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 3,767 new COVID-19 cases to its running count this morning.

In the time since March 2020, Virginia has tracked 846,979 total cases. There have been 12,463 Virginian COVID-19 deaths.

By this morning's update, 2,168 people were in the commonwealth's hospitals with cases of the disease.

Of those patients, 559 people were in ICU wards and 345 people needed to be on ventilators.

Here's how the state's COVID-19 vaccinations are going

  • People vaccinated with at least one dose: 5,729,514 (67.1% of total population, 79.7% of 18+ population)
  • People fully vaccinated: 5,085,538 (59.6% of total population, 71% of 18+ population)

The case counts for each city hadn't been updated by 9:25 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

1:40 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said there were 6,288 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday. In the state, the daily positivity rate is currently 11.4%.

As of now, there are 3,400 people in NC hospitals for COVID-19. They are receiving treatment for the virus.

Health leaders are continuing to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They said 68% of adults in the state have received at least one shot and 63% of adults have been fully vaccinated.

9:13 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reached 843,212 total coronavirus cases and 12,409 COVID-19 deaths this morning. That's counting all reported infections since March 2020.

Today alone, the health department added 3,737 newly reported coronavirus cases.

Virginia's hospitals were treating 2,166 patients for the disease today.

Out of those patients, 556 people were in ICU wards and 347 people needed to be on ventilators.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 142
  • Chesapeake -- 115
  • Norfolk -- 102
  • Newport News -- 57
  • Hampton -- 56
  • James City County -- 46
  • Portsmouth -- 43
  • Suffolk -- 33
  • York County -- 22
  • Gloucester County -- 20
  • Isle of Wight County -- 18
  • Poquoson -- 10
  • Mathews County -- 7

Tuesday, Sept. 21

3:19 p.m.

In an afternoon press conference, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and the state's health department secretary, Dr. Mandy Cohen, gave an update about COVID-19 cases there.

Cohen broke down some health trends for the state. They use these metrics, combined, to judge how serious the pandemic is for North Carolina.

  • The trajectory of people coming into hospitals with COVID-like symptoms is starting to dip down.
  • The trajectory of cases reported per day remains high, around 6,000 each day, but that's leveling instead of increasing.
  • The trajectory of the percentage of tests that come back positive is high, but leveling out.
  • The trajectory of day-over-day hospitalizations is also high, but leveling.

Every county in North Carolina is considered to have a "high" level of viral transmission of COVID-19. That's the highest level, above "substantial," "moderate" and "low" 

Young people, especially those under 24, had the lowest levels of vaccination.

Cohen said COVID-19 case rates were highest for children who were 17 years old or younger. They make up about 1/3rd of the state's total cases.

"It's positive that our trends are leveling, but we know that these numbers are still too high," Cooper said.

1:11 p.m.

North Carolina has reported 1,350,697 total cases since the pandemic began. The state's Dept. of Health and Human Services added 4,381 newly-reported cases to its running count Tuesday.

Right now, there are 3,464 people in the hospital for COVID-19. 908 patients are being treated in an ICU.

15,811 people statewide have died from COVID-19.

9:28 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reached 836,140 total coronavirus cases and 12,312 COVID-19 deaths this morning. That's counting all reported infections since March 2020.

Today alone, the health department added 3,335 newly reported coronavirus cases.

Virginia's hospitals were treating 2,211 patients for the disease today.

Out of those patients, 567 people were in ICU wards and 347 people needed to be on ventilators.

Here are the latest vaccination numbers for Virginia:

  • Vaccinated with at least one dose: 5,806,630 (68% of total population, 80.6% of 18+ population)
  • People fully vaccinated: 5,019,175 (58.8% of total population, 70.3% of 18+ population)

The local case numbers for Virginia hadn't been updated by 9:28 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 20

4:37 p.m.

North Carolina saw 3,257 newly-reported COVID-19 cases Monday. The state has seen 1,346,316 total cases since the pandemic began.

Saturday saw 6,605 new cases and Sunday had 5,962. Since the state's dashboard isn't updated on the weekends, the new case count wasn't reported until today.

Right now, 3,323 people are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 887 people are in an ICU.

There have been 15,776 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began.

9:44 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 2,377 COVID-19 cases to its running count Monday morning. The state has seen 836,140 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, there are 2,158 people being treated in hospitals for the virus. 549 are being treated in an ICU.

12,312 people across the state have died from COVID-19.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 99
  • Chesapeake -- 61
  • Norfolk -- 52
  • Newport News -- 59
  • Hampton -- 41
  • Portsmouth -- 42
  • James City County -- 15
  • Suffolk -- 27
  • York County -- 13
  • Gloucester County -- 23
  • Isle of Wight County -- 11
  • Poquoson -- 5
  • Mathews County -- 3

Friday, Sept. 17

1:08 p.m.

The North Carolina coronavirus dashboard added 7,905 new coronavirus cases Friday afternoon, but a statement on the health department's website indicated that some of the cases should have been reported Thursday.

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, NCDHHS experienced a technical issue that prevented some laboratory data files from being processed in the NC COVID reporting system. As a result, case and test data are lower for Thursday, Sept. 16, than they would have been had all data been processed. Case and test data reported on Friday, Sept. 17, will be higher as it will incorporate cases that were intended to be submitted on Thursday, Sept. 16. NCDHHS has resolved the technical issue.

In all, the Tar Heel State has reached 1,330,492 total coronavirus cases since March 2020.

Today, 3,573 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 cases in North Carolina.

9:27 a.m.

Virginia saw 4,212 newly-reported COVID-19 cases since yesterday's update. Since the pandemic began, there have been 827,197 total cases.

Right now, there are 2,174 people being treated in hospitals for the virus. 621 people are hospitalized in an ICU. Hospitalizations haven't been this high since early February.

12,242 people have died from the virus.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 165
  • Chesapeake -- 92
  • Norfolk -- 72
  • Newport News -- 102
  • Hampton -- 68
  • Portsmouth -- 46
  • James City County -- 40
  • Suffolk -- 34
  • York County -- 24
  • Gloucester County -- 25
  • Isle of Wight County -- 25
  • Poquoson -- 10
  • Mathews County -- 1

Thursday, Sept. 16

2:05 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said there were 7,160 newly reported COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon.

There are currently 3,620 patients in hospitals across North Carolina being treated for the virus. The daily percent positivity rate is 11.0% at this time.

In NC, vaccination efforts are still happening. There are 68% of adults in NC who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine and 63% of adults in the state that are fully vaccinated.

9:44 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,144 Virginians in hospitals for COVID-19 this morning.

Among those patients, 544 people were in ICU wards for serious cases.

In the year and a half since the pandemic reached Virginia, the health department has tracked 822,985 total coronavirus cases. Today alone, it added 4,181 newly reported cases.

At least 12,207 Virginians have died from COVID-19 since March 2020.

Here's how vaccination rates stood for Virginia this morning:

  • People vaccinated with at least one dose: 5,596,532 (65.6% of total population, 77.8% of adults 18+)
  • People fully vaccinated: 4,961,338 (58.1% of total population, 69.3% of 18+ population)

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 250
  • Chesapeake -- 96
  • Norfolk -- 88
  • Newport News -- 87
  • Hampton -- 77
  • Portsmouth -- 48
  • James City County -- 33
  • Suffolk -- 32
  • York County -- 32
  • Gloucester County -- 22
  • Isle of Wight County -- 18
  • Poquoson -- 4
  • Mathews County -- 4

Wednesday, Sept. 15

2:45 p.m.

There have been 1,315,427 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina since the pandemic started. There have also been 15,405 deaths from the disease.

Today, the state health department added 7,277 new infections.

There were 3,630 people in state hospitals for cases of the novel coronavirus today.

According to the state's dashboard, about 48.4% of North Carolina's ventilators are currently being used to keep people alive.

9:24 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 4,066 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday morning. The state has seen 818,804 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, there are 2,155 people being treated in hospitals for the virus. 537 people are in an intensive care unit and 352 are getting ventilator support.

12,170 people have died from the virus in Virginia.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 213
  • Norfolk -- 117
  • Chesapeake -- 111
  • Newport News -- 63
  • Hampton -- 59
  • Portsmouth -- 57
  • Suffolk -- 46
  • James City County -- 35
  • Gloucester County -- 29
  • Isle of Wight County -- 26
  • York County -- 20
  • Poquoson -- 10
  • Mathews County -- 3

Tuesday, Sept. 14

1:55 p.m.

Today, the state of North Carolina reported 4,760 new cases of coronavirus. There have been 1,308,150 total cases since the beginning of the pandemic. 

There are 3,690 patients currently hospitalized due to coronavirus across the Tar Heel state. 955 adult patients with COVID-19 are in ICU wards, and 19% of COVId-19 patients statewide are utilizing ventilators. 

51% of the state population is fully vaccinated. Click here to find a vaccine spot near you.

9:35 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 3,659 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday morning. The state has seen 814,738 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, there are 2,117 being treated in hospitals for the virus. 546 people are in an intensive care unit and 344 are getting ventilator support.

12,118 people have died from the virus.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 161
  • Norfolk -- 54
  • Chesapeake -- 96
  • Newport News -- 99
  • Hampton -- 64
  • Portsmouth -- 54
  • Suffolk -- 36
  • James City County -- 19
  • Isle of Wight County -- 14
  • Gloucester County -- 41
  • York County -- 16
  • Poquoson -- 6
  • Mathews County -- 1

Monday, Sept. 13

12:21 p.m.

Today, the state of North Carolina added 5,346 newly-reported cases to its running count. There have been 1,303,390 total cases since the pandemic began.

The state's Department of Health and Human Services reported 11,337 new cases on Saturday and 7,207 on Sunday. 

They said there was a technical issue with the number of new cases released on Friday, Sept. 10. According to the department, today's data is higher because it has cases that were intended to be submitted on Friday.

Right now, 3,514 people statewide are being treated in hospitals for the virus. There are 894 people being treated in an intensive care unit.

15,247 people in North Carolina have died from COVID-19.

9:28 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,303 new cases this morning. The state has seen 811,079 cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, 2,103 people are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 538 people are hospitalized in an ICU and 333 are getting ventilator support. Hospitalizations in Virginia are the highest since mid-February.

12,089 people have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 143
  • Norfolk -- 81
  • Chesapeake -- 64
  • Newport News -- 54
  • Hampton -- 45
  • Portsmouth -- 39
  • Suffolk -- 29
  • James City County -- 16
  • Isle of Wight County -- 14
  • Gloucester County -- 11
  • York County -- 8
  • Poquoson -- 8
  • Mathews County -- 7

Friday, Sept. 10

1:23 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 5,877 new COVID-19 cases Friday.

There are currently 3,756 people receiving hospital treatment for COVID-19 in NC. Since the pandemic started the state has seen 15,075 people die from the virus.

At this time, the state's daily positivity rate is 12.1%. 

Health leaders have been working daily to get more people vaccinated against the virus. In the state, 67% of adults have at least gotten one dose of the shot and 62% of adults are fully vaccinated there.

9:36 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 4,479 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases to its daily dashboard Friday morning. This brings the state to 801,827 total cases counted since the pandemic started.

Currently, there are 2,150 people in hospitals across the state receiving treatment for COVID-19. That includes patients whose test results are still pending.

VDH said 12,036 people in the state have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 130
  • Norfolk -- 104
  • Hampton -- 80
  • Newport News -- 74
  • Chesapeake -- 116
  • Portsmouth -- 51
  • James City County -- 48
  • Suffolk -- 35
  • Gloucester County -- 26
  • York County -- 19
  • Isle of Wight County -- 14
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Poquoson -- 4

Thursday, Sept. 9

4:13 p.m.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Health Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen are urging people to take steps to protect themselves against COVID-19.

In a Thursday afternoon briefing, they highly encouraged people to get vaccinated, saying it's the most effective way to get out of the pandemic.

"How many more people have to get sick and die because people don't get this miraculous, God-given, effective and extraordinarily safe vaccine," Cooper asked.

Dr. Cohen noted one of the most troubling metrics is the rising number of hospitalizations. 

Over 3,800 people are in the hospital with COVID-19 and the state is approaching the second week that over 900 people are requiring ICU treatment. A third of the people hospitalized are under the age of 49.

The entire state is at a "red" level, meaning there's a high level of COVID-19 transmission. Dr. Cohen is strongly advising people to wear a mask indoors and in public settings until more people get vaccinated.

Dr. Cohen said the case rates are highest for those 17 years and younger. For the week ending Sept. 4, they made up a third of the state's new cases.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 among younger people, both Gov. Cooper and Dr. Cohen highlighted the state's efforts to encourage teens to get vaccinated. Dr. Cohen reminded people of TeenVaxFacts.com, a website for teenagers to stay in the know about COVID-19 vaccinations and their benefits.

They're also pushing for school districts to have mask mandates. Right now, 109 school districts covering more than 95% of children require masks.

2:28 p.m.

North Carolina saw a jump of 6,290 new cases since yesterday. There have been 1,273,623 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, 3,815 people across the state are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 919 patients are in an adult ICU.

15,004 people in the state have died from COVID-19.

9:35 a.m.

Virginia has 3,952 newly-reported cases since yesterday's update. The state has seen 797,348 cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, 2,176 people are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 514 people are hospitalized in an ICU and 294 are getting ventilator support. Hospitalizations in Virginia are the highest since mid-February.

12,010 people have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 203
  • Norfolk -- 68
  • Hampton -- 60
  • Newport News -- 72
  • Chesapeake -- 87
  • Portsmouth -- 51
  • James City County -- 39
  • Suffolk -- 27
  • Gloucester County -- 26
  • York County -- 23
  • Isle of Wight County -- 24
  • Mathews County -- 8
  • Poquoson -- 12

Wednesday, Sept. 8

2:42 p.m.

North Carolina added 4,752 new cases to their COVID-19 dashboard today. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 1,267,333 total cases. 

Today, there are 3,790 people hospitalized due to the virus in the Tar Heel State, with 928 of those being in adult ICU wards. 

17% of COVID patients in ICU wards statewide are currently on ventilators.

To find a place near you in North Carolina to get vaccinated, click here. 

9:34 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 4,474 new cases to its official count Wednesday morning. The state has seen 793,391 total cases since the pandemic began.

Right now, 2,161 people across the state are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 504 people are being treated in an ICU.

11,977 people have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 269
  • Norfolk -- 130
  • Hampton -- 75
  • Newport News -- 124
  • Chesapeake -- 140
  • Portsmouth -- 99
  • James City County -- 21
  • Suffolk -- 27
  • Gloucester County -- 26
  • York County -- 26
  • Isle of Wight County -- 8
  • Mathews County -- 7
  • Poquoson -- 10

Tuesday, Sept. 7

12:20 p.m.

North Carolina has seen 1,262,581 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

There are 4,124 newly added cases since yesterday. The state's Department of Health and Human Services released the new case counts for the weekend and Labor Day. Here's where they stand:

  • Saturday: 8,515
  • Sunday: 7,275
  • Monday: 5,274

Right now, 3,779 people are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 927 patients are in an adult ICU.

14,831 people have died from the virus since the pandemic began.

11:00 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,007 new COVID-19 cases across the state. There have been 788,917 cases since the pandemic began.

The state hasn't updated information about hospitalizations in Virginia yet.

18 people have died from the virus since yesterday's update. There have been 11,947 COVID-related deaths since the pandemic began.

Here's where the state's vaccinations stand:

  • People vaccinated with at least one dose: 5,527,302 (64.8% of total population, 76.9% of adults 18+)
  • People fully vaccinated: 4,894,969 (57.3% of total population, 68.5% of adults 18+)

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 142
  • Norfolk -- 6
  • Hampton -- 40
  • Newport News -- 71
  • Chesapeake -- 81
  • Portsmouth -- 47
  • James City County -- 15
  • Suffolk -- 33
  • Gloucester County -- 25
  • York County -- 17
  • Isle of Wight County -- 17
  • Mathews County -- 4
  • Poquoson -- 11

Monday, Sept. 6

12:17 p.m.

Because today is Labor Day, North Carolina health officials aren't updating their dashboards. They'll resume publication tomorrow.

9:46 a.m.

Virginia has had 2,395 newly reported cases since the previous update. The state has seen 786,910 total cases since the pandemic began.

Currently, 1,981 people are being treated in hospitals for the virus. 483 people are hospitalized in an ICU. Some of these patients have COVID-19 test results that are pending.

11,929 people statewide have died from the virus.

The state's Department of Health did not update COVID-19 information for localities, so the number of newly reported cases for Hampton Roads isn't available yet.