New education guidelines expected soon; Virginia’s COVID percent positive rate decreases again

Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 8:51 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 2:20 PM EST
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Governor Ralph Northam held a briefing Thursday.

Governor Ralph Northam COVID-19 Update

LIVE: Governor Ralph Northam is delivering an update on the continued response to COVID-19 and vaccine distribution in Virginia:

Posted by WDBJ7 on Thursday, January 14, 2021

Northam said he wants vaccination sites to work as quickly as possible, as they get shipments of vaccines, to get those vaccines distributed to the public, saying there are 160 vaccination sites in Virginia. He continued to urge members of the public to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.

He said the goal is to administer 50,000 doses a day throughout the commonwealth.

Regarding schools, the governor said it’s important for them to reopen, and is awaiting guidance from the state education department about how to do that safely. He said year-round school is a possibility, to allow students to catch up after extended periods of remote learning since the coronavirus pandemic began. New guidelines are expected soon; Northam said individual districts will still be expected to make their own decisions and plans.

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 417,839 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Thursday, January 14, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 5,294 from the 412,545 reported Wednesday, a bigger increase than the 4,598 new cases reported from Tuesday to Wednesday.

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4,706,714 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Wednesday, with a 15.5% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from 15.9% reported Wednesday.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 242,530 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Thursday, up from 216,257 Wednesday.

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[Next phase of vaccinations underway in some Virginia health districts]

As of Thursday, there are 5,626 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Wednesday’s count of 5,552.

3,196 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Thursday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from Wednesday’s count of 3,209.

34,013 COVID patients have been released from hospitals in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic. That’s according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, which gets a daily report from hospitals around the commonwealth.

These hospital numbers are different from those reported by VDH, which only gathers hospitalization status at the time each case is investigated by VDH and is an under-representation of Virginia hospitalizations.

Any new confirmed cases from health departments throughout the state the rest of the day won’t show up until at least the following day on the state list, as the official numbers are only updated once a day, with a 5 p.m. cutoff each day for new cases to be reflected on the next day’s list.

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