VA Positive Rate Drops Below 5%, Universities Sample Wastewater

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VIRGINIA — The Virginia Department of Health reported 975 new coronavirus cases Saturday, in line with the 941 new cases on Friday. As of Saturday, the seven-day average of new coronavirus cases was 822.

The cumulative total number of cases in Virginia is 145,408 and the cumulative total number of coronavirus-related deaths across the state is 3,144. Hospitalizations have increased to 10,863, up from 10,806 reported on Friday.

With a 4.8 percent positive average of PCR tests statewide as of Sept. 22, Virginia dropped below the 5 percent rate recommended by the World Health Organization for governments to allow further reopening. At the peak of the pandemic, the percent positive figure in Virginia was more than 20 percent.