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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks at a press conference in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 

Virginia health officials are reporting 114 positive cases of COVID-19, with 35 tests pending at the state lab, and more from private labs.

That's an increase of 20 positive cases since Thursday. Officials also said southwest Virginia has its first case. The Roanoke Times reported Thursday that a woman in her 80s from Botetourt County had tested positive.

Virginia Health Commissioner Norman Oliver said the state's testing capacity is at more than 1,000 tests as of midday Friday. The figure represents the number of tests the state lab can conduct given a shortage of testing supplies.

Gov. Ralph Northam thanked individuals and businesses complying with the statewide call for "social distancing."

Still, he said the state was ready to enforce noncompliance.

"We’re hearing reports of some businesses being noncompliant. Our localities have the authority to enforce the 10-person limit at restaurants, theaters and fitness centers. I fully expect them to use it when needed," Northam said.

"But, many people, many businesses are doing the right thing, and for that, we thank them."

According to data posted to the Virginia Department of Health website, 2,325 people have been tested for the virus in Virginia and 20 people have been hospitalized.

There have been two deaths attributed to the virus.

On Thursday, state health officials said there's a lag in the reporting of statewide numbers and might not be the same as numbers reported by individual localities or local health districts.

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