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Reduced counts in U.S. cases and deaths are the result of states and territories not reporting the information for some or all of the weekend. Those states and territories are: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Typically, these states" Monday updates include the weekend totals.
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Virginia's reported deaths in the past two weeks are substantially higher than recent trends. We have been unable to use publicly available information to confirm that this surge is due to death certificate review or backlogged deaths.
Starting on June 6, 2022, Virginia had paused death certificate review for two weeks due to the National Center for Health Statistics updating their data system. This pause will have affected all states. The past week has a slight ‘surge’ in reported deaths related to this system coming back online. More details may be found here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/see-the-numbers/website-change-log/
Virginia on March 8 has scheduled a change when it reports data but has not yet specified the new cadence of reporting.