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COVID-19 Live Updates | Virginia adds 2,600 cases on Thanksgiving

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

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, figures we used represented confirmed cases only.

Thursday, Nov. 26

12:55 p.m.

North Carolina did not update its coronavirus numbers on the state health department website today. Here's the statement from its dashboard:

Please note: the NC COVID-19 Dashboard will not be updated on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The next update will be approximately 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27 and will provide data retroactively for Nov. 26 as well as data for Nov. 27. The data will be distinguished by date to maintain continuity in reporting frequency.

10:15 a.m.

Virginia's state health department increased its case count by 2,600 instances today.

The total numbers so far are 228,900 cases and 4,029 COVID-19 deaths. That's since March.

Health care and lab teams have processed more than 3.2 million coronavirus tests in that time frame.

There were 1,601 people in Virginia hospitals with the virus on Thanksgiving day. From those patients, 152 were on ventilators.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 87
  • Chesapeake -- 58
  • Hampton -- 31
  • Suffolk -- 30
  • Norfolk -- 23
  • Newport News -- 22
  • Portsmouth -- 20
  • James City County -- 14
  • Isle of Wight County -- 13
  • York County -- 8
  • Poquoson -- 4
  • Gloucester County -- 1
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Williamsburg -- 0

Wednesday, Nov. 25

2 p.m.

By Wednesday, North Carolina's department of health had reached 346,506 coronavirus cases and 5,138 COVID-19 deaths.

That's an increase of 4,212 cases and 64 deaths from the numbers the state had yesterday.

There were 1,811 patients in North Carolina hospitals fighting the virus today.

State healthcare workers have run more than 5 million coronavirus tests to measure the spread of COVID-19 in the Tar Heel state since March.

9:00 a.m.

Virginia's state department of health added 2,718 cases to its total coronavirus count Wednesday morning.

That puts the commonwealth at 226,300 cases and 4,008 COVID-19 deaths since March.

Health officials have been able to track those numbers by processing more than 3.2 million COVID-19 tests this year.

Accompanying those case numbers, 1,549 people were in state hospitals for cases of the virus this morning.

Of those hospitalized, 153 were on ventilators.

Since the pandemic reached Virginia, more than 23,000 people have been hospitalized for coronavirus and later discharged.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 108
  • Chesapeake -- 47
  • Hampton -- 37
  • Norfolk -- 34
  • Newport News -- 26
  • Suffolk -- 17
  • York County -- 8
  • Portsmouth -- 8
  • James City County -- 7
  • Isle of Wight County -- 5
  • Gloucester County -- 4
  • Poquoson -- 2
  • Williamsburg -- 1
  • Mathews County -- 0

Tuesday, Nov. 24

1:25 p.m.

North Carolina health officials added 3,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases to its state count. Now, there are 342,294 cases in the state.

More than 1,700 people are in hospitals around the state receiving treatment and the death toll currently sits at 5,074.

On Monday, Governor Cooper briefed the public on the latest efforts to fight the pandemic in North Carolina. He called for a stricter mask mandate which orders that people wear masks around friends and family and at another person's home. 

This follows the critical transmission levels that 20 counties in the Tar Heel state have reached, according to the state's newest county alert system. That means that the rate of community spread is significantly high in those particular localities.

11:30 a.m.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia grew by 2,544 overnight bringing the full state total to 223,582.

More than 14,200 people are hospitalized and receiving coronavirus treatment. Health officials also added 37 deaths to the dashboard, bringing the full death total to 3,979.

Virginia Beach is still reporting high daily case counts.

  • Virginia Beach -- 111
  • Chesapeake -- 35
  • Newport News -- 31
  • Norfolk -- 47
  • Hampton -- 17
  • York County -- 11
  • Suffolk -- 30
  • Portsmouth -- 13
  • James City County -- 1
  • Isle of Wight County -- 8
  • Poquoson -- 1
  • Gloucester County -- 0
  • Williamsburg -- 1
  • Mathews County -- 0

Monday, Nov. 23

1:50 p.m.

Health officials have counted 339,194 COVID-19 cases in North Carolina since the pandemic started. The overall case count grew by 2,419 cases that were just added today.

More than 1,600 people remain hospitalized and the death toll has surpassed 5,000 people.

Nearly five million COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far.

9:00 a.m.

Virginia said its number of news cases grew by 3,242, bringing the total since the pandemic started to 221,038.

The Virginia Department of Health noted that the large number of new cases reported for the day was due, in part, because of its system being shut down at one point on November 21. The data system underwent some upgrades that day.

More than 14,000 people are hospitalized receiving virus treatment and 3,942 people have died in the state so far.

Case counts by cities in Hampton Roads show Chesapeake and Virginia Beach leading the region in the number of cases reported today. 

The positivity rate in Chesapeake has tripled in the past month and now sits at 11.7%. That makes the city one of only five health districts in Virginia with a positivity rate higher than 11%.

  • Virginia Beach -- 176
  • Chesapeake -- 113
  • Newport News -- 54
  • Norfolk -- 53
  • Hampton -- 61
  • York County -- 23
  • Suffolk -- 16
  • Portsmouth -- 24
  • James City County -- 20
  • Isle of Wight County -- 10
  • Poquoson -- 5
  • Gloucester County -- 17
  • Williamsburg -- 4
  • Mathews County -- 2

Sunday, Nov. 22

4:46 p.m.

North Carolina reported 4,514 new cases and 29 deaths related to COVID-19 Sunday.

The new total case number is 336,775 and there have been 5,034 COVID-19 deaths in the state.

Officials have run more than 4.9 million coronavirus tests since the pandemic reached North Carolina.

There were 1,571 people fighting the virus in state hospitals today.

10:20 a.m.

By this morning, Virginia's department of health had counted 217,796 total cases of the novel coronavirus.

That's an increase of 2,117 cases from yesterday's reported numbers.

There were no new deaths reported Sunday. Total deaths remained 3,938.

Locally, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake saw an increase in new cases reported per day.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 127
  • Chesapeake -- 111
  • Newport News -- 51
  • Norfolk -- 66
  • Hampton -- 41
  • York County -- 8
  • Suffolk -- 13
  • Portsmouth -- 24
  • James City County -- 10
  • Isle of Wight County -- 14
  • Poquoson -- 3
  • Gloucester County -- 10
  • Williamsburg -- 0
  • Mathews County -- 1

Saturday, Nov. 21

1:45 p.m.

North Carolina reported 3,145 new cases and 26 deaths related to COVID-19 Saturday.

The new total case number is 332,261, and there have been 5,005 COVID-19 deaths in the state.

Officials have run more than 4.86 million coronavirus tests since the pandemic reached North Carolina.

Continuing the upward hospitalizations trend, there were 1,590 people fighting the virus in state hospitals today.

10:50 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health confirmed 2,348 new cases and 26 deaths from yesterday's reported numbers.

That brings Saturday's total count to 215,679 cases and 3,938 death since the pandemic began.

Locally, Virginia Beach continues to lead the area in new cases reported per day.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 149
  • Chesapeake -- 57
  • Newport News -- 41
  • Norfolk -- 34
  • Hampton -- 28
  • York County -- 11
  • Suffolk -- 20
  • Portsmouth -- 14
  • James City County -- 21
  • Isle of Wight County -- 10
  • Poquoson -- 3
  • Gloucester County -- 1
  • Williamsburg -- 4
  • Mathews County -- 1

Friday, Nov. 20

1:30 p.m.

There were 3,688 new cases and 43 more COVID-19 deaths reported in North Carolina this afternoon.

The new total case number is 328,846, and there have been 4,979 COVID-19 deaths in the state.

Officials have run more than 4.8 million coronavirus tests since the pandemic reached North Carolina.

Continuing the upward hospitalizations trend, there were 1,571 people fighting the virus in state hospitals today.

9:20 a.m.

By this morning, Virginia's department of health had counted 213,331 total cases of the novel coronavirus, and 3,912 COVID-19 deaths.

That's an increase of 2,544 cases and 16 deaths from yesterday's reported numbers.

In the commonwealth's hospitals, there were 1,510 COVID-19 patients this morning. Of those, 133 people were on ventilators.

Locally, Virginia Beach continues to lead the area in new cases reported per day.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 102
  • Chesapeake -- 70
  • Newport News -- 34
  • Norfolk -- 28
  • Hampton -- 25
  • York County -- 23
  • Suffolk -- 17
  • Portsmouth -- 14
  • James City County -- 8
  • Isle of Wight County -- 7
  • Poquoson -- 1
  • Gloucester County -- 0
  • Williamsburg -- 0
  • Mathews County -- 0

Thursday, Nov. 19

1 p.m.

There were 4,296 new cases and 38 more COVID-19 deaths reported in North Carolina this afternoon.

That's the largest single-day reported number of new cases for North Carolina since the pandemic began.

The new total case number is 325,158, and there have been 4,936 COVID-19 deaths in the Tar Heel State.

Officials have run more than 4.7 million coronavirus tests since the pandemic reached North Carolina.

Continuing the upward hospitalizations trend, there were 1,538 people fighting the virus in state hospitals today.

9:25 a.m.

Thursday morning, the Virginia Department of Health dashboard was at 210,787 total coronavirus cases and 3,896 COVID-19 deaths.

That's 1,954 more cases than were reported Wednesday, and 36 more deaths.

There were also 1,569 people in hospitals for confirmed or suspected cases of the virus.

By the latest update, Virginia healthcare teams had surpassed 3 million tests run to track the virus.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 81
  • Newport News -- 36
  • Chesapeake -- 34
  • Norfolk -- 33
  • Hampton -- 32
  • Suffolk -- 12
  • Williamsburg -- 11
  • Isle of Wight County -- 9
  • York County -- 8
  • Portsmouth -- 8
  • James City County -- 5
  • Gloucester County -- 3
  • Poquoson -- 3 
  • Mathews County -- 2

Wednesday, Nov. 18

1:35 p.m.

With more than 4.7 million COVID-19 tests completed in North Carolina since the pandemic started, 320,862 people have positively tested for the virus so far.

The number of cases in the state has increased by 3,367 from Tuesday while the death toll has climbed by 46 putting the complete total of deaths at 4,898.

More than 1,500 people are in hospitals receiving treatment. The state as a whole is showing a 9.2% positivity rate.

On Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper alongside state health officials announced the launch of a new alert system that tracks virus transmission levels for every county in the state. During that announcement, officials noted that the entire state is experiencing high levels of community transmission.

RELATED: New COVID alert system will show NC counties with highest levels

9:56 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,071 new cases and 25 new deaths related to COVID-19.

The state has marked 208,833 coronavirus cases and 3,860 COVID-19 deaths by Wednesday morning.

In Virginia, lab teams have processed more than 2.98 million coronavirus tests so far to track the virus.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Chesapeake -- 59
  • Norfolk -- 46
  • Virginia Beach -- 84
  • Newport News -- 18
  • Suffolk -- 5
  • James City County -- 2
  • Hampton -- 7
  • Isle of Wight County -- 0
  • York County -- 8
  • Portsmouth -- 4
  • Gloucester County -- 1
  • Williamsburg -- 4
  • Mathews County -- 0
  • Poquoson -- -1
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Tuesday, Nov. 17

1:30 p.m.

North Carolina's state department of health added 3,288 coronavirus cases to their total number today.

Yesterday, the state was at 314,207 cases. Today, they've reached 317,495 - more than 100,000 cases higher than its neighboring state, Virginia.

There have also been 4,852 COVID-19 deaths in North Carolina since the pandemic began.

Healthcare teams have run more than 4.6 million coronavirus tests so far.

Today, there were 1,501 people hospitalized with cases of coronavirus. That's the highest number of hospitalizations reported since at least mid-October.

9:30 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health had marked 206,762 coronavirus cases and 3,835 COVID-19 deaths by Tuesday morning.

That's an increase of 2,125 cases from yesterday's total, and the second-highest single-day reported jump since the pandemic began. The highest single-day increase of cases was yesterday.

In Virginia, lab teams have processed more than 2.96 million coronavirus tests so far to track the virus.

There were 1,392 patients in Virginia hospitals this morning who had confirmed or possible coronavirus cases.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Chesapeake -- 77
  • Norfolk -- 72
  • Virginia Beach -- 65
  • Newport News -- 32
  • Suffolk -- 13
  • James City County -- 11
  • Hampton -- 10
  • Isle of Wight County -- 8
  • York County -- 8
  • Portsmouth -- 6
  • Gloucester County -- 4
  • Williamsburg -- 3
  • Mathews County -- 2
  • Poquoson -- 0

Monday, Nov. 16

9:45 a.m.

This morning, Virginia added 2,677 COVID-19 cases, as the commonwealth started following new restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.

It's the highest single-day number of new cases reported since the pandemic began - but the Virginia Department of Health said the numbers were partially due to an online system update.

The 2,677 case count reported on Monday, November 16 is due to a catch-up from the VDH data system being down for upgrades for a few hours over the weekend. A reminder: cases are not reported on the day the patient became ill, but on the day they have been classified as meeting the case definition for COVID-19. In order to observe the spread of illness most effectively, please review the charts that show cases by date of symptom onset.

Since March, the state has tracked 204,637 cases and 3,806 COVID-19 deaths.

Healthcare teams have run more than 2.93 million tests to track those cases so far.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 220
  • Norfolk -- 93
  • Newport News -- 59
  • Hampton -- 56
  • Chesapeake -- 53
  • Portsmouth -- 24
  • James City County -- 23
  • York County -- 14
  • Suffolk -- 12
  • Williamsburg -- 9
  • Isle of Wight County -- 5
  • Poquoson -- 4
  • Gloucester County -- 1
  • Mathews County -- 0

Sunday, Nov. 15

4:45 p.m.

North Carolina reported 3,117 new cases Sunday. The state also added 50 new deaths related to COVID-19.

Today's total case count is at 312,235 coronavirus cases and 4,806 COVID-19 deaths. That's a cumulative count since March.

There were 1,395 people in state hospitals for the virus today.

10 a.m.

Virginia Department of Health reported 1,161 new cases and one death related to COVID-19 today.

Sunday's total case count is at 201,960 and 3,800 total deaths since the pandemic began.

Healthcare teams have processed more than 2.92 million coronavirus tests since March to track the spread in Virginia.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 70
  • Chesapeake -- 7
  • Suffolk -- 28
  • Newport News -- 8
  • Hampton -- 20
  • Portsmouth -- 20
  • Norfolk -- 9
  • Gloucester County -- 5
  • Isle of Wight County -- 8
  • James City County -- 2
  • York County -- 10
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Williamsburg -- 0
  • Poquoson -- 0

Saturday, Nov. 14

3 p.m.

North Carolina reported 3,885 new cases on Saturday. The state also added 36 deaths related to COVID-19.

Today's total case count is at 309,118 coronavirus cases and 4,756 COVID-19 deaths. That's a cumulative count since March.

There were 1,425 people in state hospitals for the virus today.

9 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 1,537 new cases to its running COVID-19 count Saturday.

Health officials also reported 14 deaths related to the virus.

That brings the state's total count since the pandemic began at 200,799 and 3,799 deaths.

Healthcare teams have processed more than 2.88 million coronavirus tests since March to track the spread in Virginia.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 92
  • Chesapeake -- 46
  • Suffolk -- 15
  • Newport News -- 27
  • Hampton -- 12
  • Portsmouth -- 10
  • Norfolk -- 34
  • Gloucester County -- 3
  • Isle of Wight County -- 3
  • James City County -- 7
  • York County -- 11
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Williamsburg -- 3
  • Poquoson -- 2

Friday, Nov. 13

1 p.m.

The North Carolina DHHS said on its COVID-19 dashboard: NCDHHS is modifying the time that the data is pulled for the dashboards. As a result, there will be a one-time artificial decrease in the number of tests, cases and deaths on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 as the data will cover 10 hours as opposed to the standard 24 hours. Future data will cover the standard 24-hour period. 

North Carolina added 1,779 more coronavirus cases Friday.

The most recent update marked an increase of 14 deaths overnight.

Friday's total case count was at 305,233 coronavirus cases and 4,720 COVID-19 deaths. That's a cumulative count since March.

There were 1,423 people in state hospitals for the virus today.

9:20 a.m.

Friday's coronavirus count in Virginia was at 199,262 total cases and 3,785 COVID-19 deaths.

That's an increase of 1,235 cases and 27 deaths since Thursday.

Healthcare teams have processed more than 2.86 million coronavirus tests since March to track the spread in Virginia.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 38
  • Chesapeake -- 27
  • Suffolk -- 8
  • Newport News -- 11
  • Hampton -- 16
  • Portsmouth -- 2
  • Norfolk -- 13
  • Gloucester County -- 0
  • Isle of Wight County -- 1
  • James City County -- 7
  • York County -- 5
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Williamsburg -- 1
  • Poquoson -- 2

Thursday, Nov. 12

12:30 p.m.

Today, North Carolina added almost 3,000 more coronavirus cases.

More specifically, the most recent update marked an increase of 2,893 cases and eight deaths.

Thursday's total case count was at 303,454 coronavirus cases and 4,706 COVID-19 deaths. That's a cumulative count since March.

There were 1,279 people in state hospitals for the virus today.

10:30 a.m.

Thursday's coronavirus count in Virginia was at 198,027 total cases and 3,758 COVID-19 deaths.

That's an increase of 1,521 cases and 17 deaths since Wednesday.

Healthcare teams have processed more than 2.85 million coronavirus tests since March to track the spread in Virginia.

Virginia Beach almost doubled the number of new cases reported today, compared to Wednesday.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 100
  • Chesapeake -- 55
  • Suffolk -- 35
  • Newport News -- 16
  • Hampton -- 15
  • Portsmouth -- 13
  • Norfolk -- 11
  • Gloucester County -- 6
  • Isle of Wight County -- 5
  • James City County -- 5
  • York County -- 1
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Williamsburg -- 0
  • Poquoson -- 0

Wednesday, Nov. 11

2 p.m.

Wednesday, North Carolina's total number of coronavirus cases broke 300,000.

The state had recorded 300,561 cases and 4,698 COVID-19 deaths by the latest update.

It's an increase of 3,119 cases and 38 deaths from Tuesday.

In North Carolina, healthcare workers have run more than 4.44 million coronavirus tests on people.

9:25 a.m.

Today, Virginia's coronavirus count was at 196,506 cases and 3,741 COVID-19 deaths.

That's an increase of 1,594 cases and 15 deaths.

Healthcare teams in Virginia had run more than 2.84 million coronavirus tests by Wednesday to track the spread of the virus.

The website had updated to fix the number of cases reported for the city of Hampton yesterday. Instead of -2,278 cases, the correct number was 11.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 54
  • Chesapeake -- 41
  • Norfolk -- 28
  • Hampton -- 24
  • Newport News -- 17
  • Portsmouth -- 9
  • Suffolk -- 9
  • York County -- 5
  • Isle of Wight County -- 5
  • James City County -- 2
  • Williamsburg -- 1
  • Poquoson -- 1
  • Gloucester County -- 0
  • Mathews County -- 0

Tuesday, Nov. 10

3:55 p.m.

Governor Cooper, alongside North Carolina health officials, briefed the public on the latest in the state's fight against the coronavirus.

While other states have seen major spikes in cases, Cooper stated that North Carolina has avoided spikes but the trends are still troubling. The trajectory of cases over the last 14 days is increasing. Hospitalizations are high, but hospitals aren't overwhelmed. 

State leaders maintain that citizens should stay cautious as the nation heads into the holiday season. They urge people to avoid travel and large gatherings.

Cooper also announced today that North Carolina’s indoor mass gathering limit will be lowered to 10 people in an effort to drive down key COVID-19 metrics. This order will go into effect on Friday, Nov. 13 and will stay in place until Dec. 4. Certain businesses that are already under reduced capacity limits won't have to abide by this order. 

"This reduction in our indoor gathering limit aims to slow the spread and bring down our numbers," Governor Cooper said. "It also sends a serious signal to families, friends and neighbors across our state. Success in slowing the spread will help our businesses."

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has reported 297,442 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started. The number of people in the state who have died from the virus has climbed to 4,660. Hospitalizations are up to 1,230.

Most positive cases have been found in White people as well as people who are over the age of 75.

1:20 p.m.

Tuesday, as cases rose in Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam and the Emergency Support Team gave a briefing on the commonwealth's virus response.

Northam said cases were trending in the wrong direction, especially in Southwestern Virginia, where percent positivity was about 9% (the rest of the state was nearer to 6%).

He said cases have been rising for about a month.

The governor urged caution, especially due to the timing of the spike.

"We are one state - one commonwealth - and no region is an island," Northam said. "We all need to step up our vigilance and our precautions, especially as we head towards the Thanksgiving holiday."

Northam urged people to consider having Thanksgiving dinners with smaller groups, possibly outdoors, and said it was important for people to wear masks when they were with others who didn't live in their homes.

"There's no genetic immunity that prevents you from giving this virus to your mother, your grandfather or any other loved ones in the house with you."

Northam also announced some coronavirus testing initiatives.

The governor said three testing facilities would be partnering with Virginia's "One Lab" network, which would help the commonwealth focus testing capacity in surge areas, outbreak investigations and congregate/nursing home requests.

He said it increase testing capacity by about 7,000 new swabs per day by the end of the year.

The state is also distributing about 200,000 antigen tests and 52,000 rapid BinaxNOW COVID-19 tests to groups in need around the state.

9:30 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported an increase of 1,435 COVID-19 cases and 13 coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday morning.

The commonwealth has seen 194,912 cases and 3,726 deaths total, since March.

The city of Hampton reported -2,278 COVID-19 cases today. A spokesperson for the health department's eastern region said, "There is a glitch with the site" which technicians were working on.

In the last few days, Hampton has added 8, 7, and 30 cases, respectively.

There were 1,174 people with confirmed or possible coronavirus cases in Virginia hospitals today.

According to the health department's website, most cases have been reported in people between the ages of 20-29, although there have been cases among all age groups. About 6,000 more women have tested positive for the virus than men in Virginia.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 73
  • Norfolk -- 49
  • Chesapeake -- 29
  • Newport News -- 24
  • Portsmouth -- 13
  • Suffolk -- 6
  • Williamsburg -- 3
  • York County -- 3
  • James City County -- 2
  • Isle of Wight County -- 2
  • Gloucester County -- 0
  • Poquoson -- 0
  • Mathews County -- 0
  • Hampton -- ?