According to the Virginia Department of Health there have been 41 COVID-19 related deaths statewide over a 24 hour span bringing the total to 195.  That is about 2.8% of the 6,500 confirmed cases across Virginia. Health officials say the actual number is likely to be much higher, so the actual mortality rate is likely somewhat lower. The department is also reporting more than 300 new cases and 1048 people have been in — or are still in — the hospital for reasons attributed to COVID-19.

Those numbers from the VDH represent past and present hospitalizations, while new data from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association shows more than 700 COVID-19 patients in Virginia have been discharged from hospitals. The association determined that the state has close to 6 thousand hospital beds available with 25 percent of its ventilators in use.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials reported Wednesday that the death toll in the state from the coronavirus has jumped to 195, an increase of 41 deaths from the 154 reported Tuesday.

The Virginia Department of Health reported that 6,500 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 out of a total of 44,169 people tested.

The total number of cases in Virginia since the coronavirus arrived in the state now stands at 6,500, in increase of 300 new cases from the 6,200 reported Tuesday. That daily increase is lower than the 425 new cases reported Tuesday, which was largely in line with what Virginia has seen over the past week.

The same model shows that lifting those restrictions in mid-June would still result in a significant spike in cases in the summer, peaking in August. Other models show the outbreak will essentially end in June if social distancing measures remain in place through May.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up within weeks. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death. The vast majority of people recover.