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Virginia adds nearly 10K COVID cases in single day

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Published: Jan. 17, 2021 at 9:47 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 439,305 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Sunday, January 17, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 9,914 from the 429,391 reported Saturday, a larger increase than the 6,757 new cases reported from Friday to Saturday.

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Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 283,342 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Sunday. That’s up from the 263,143 doses reported on Saturday.

4,807,396 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Sunday, with a 14.2% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from 14.7% reported Saturday.

As of Sunday, there are 5,729 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Saturday’s count of 5,706.

3,058 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Sunday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from Saturday’s count of 3,119.

35,276 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.

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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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