HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — By 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 2, when the Virginia Department of Health updates their website with a statewide tally of COVID-19 cases, they had confirmed at least 1,706 positive or presumptive positive test results across the commonwealth.

But those numbers are always behind the numbers reported by local health districts, because of multiple factors.

First, they’re based on the test results that had been submitted to the department by 5 p.m. the previous day, so any positive cases announced in the late afternoon or evening cannot appear on the department’s list.

In addition, representatives for local health districts have told us their first priority when a new case is confirmed in their district is to work on tracing the contacts

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