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More than 7,000 new COVID cases reported in VA Monday

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Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 10:31 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 446,550 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Monday, January 18, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 7,245 from the 439,305 reported Sunday, a smaller increase than the 9,914 new cases reported from Saturday to Sunday.

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Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 324,965 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Monday. That’s up from the 283,342 doses reported on Sunday.

4,852,729 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Monday, with a 14% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from 14.2% reported Sunday.

As of Monday, there are 5,739 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Sunday’s count of 5,729.

3,151 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Monday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, up from Sunday’s count of 3,058.

35,476 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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