This electron microscope image made available and color-enhanced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility in Fort Detrick, Md., shows Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, orange, isolated from a patient. 

The Virginia Department of Health reported an increase of 996 COVID-19 cases in the state on Sunday, bringing the total to 44,607.

Of those, 42,499 are confirmed and 2,108 are probable, meaning those individuals haven’t had positive tests but are symptomatic with known virus exposure.

The state’s seven-day positive test rate continues to steadily decline and currently sits at 12.4%, which means as more testing becomes available, a smaller portion of people are testing positive.

The death count in Virginia rose by five compared with Saturday, up to 1,375. More than half (779) of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities. Those facilities, which are more susceptible to the spread of the virus, also make up more than half (211 out of 358) of the state’s outbreaks.

While the number of cases continues to climb, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Sunday that nearly 6,000 people have been hospitalized by COVID-19 and discharged.

A total of 1,458 people remain hospitalized and 371 require intensive care, according to the VHHA, but 5,868 have been discharged.

Fairfax County continues to have the most cases in Virginia, making up roughly one in four of the state’s confirmed cases.

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