Governor announces new vaccine registration phone number as percentage of positive COVID tests slides below 9%

Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 8:58 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2021 at 1:52 PM EST
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Governor Northam addressed the commonwealth Wednesday.

Northam talked about the new statewide registration phone number (877-829-4682) and website designed to allow people from all across the commonwealth to register for the COVID vaccine. He said when the website was launched Tuesday, it led to 240,000 people being signed up the first day.

The phone number will offer users a chance to talk to somebody or get a call back with your choice of among 100 languages. About 10% of the 750 call center employees speak Spanish.

People who preregistered on their individual health district sites don’t need to register again using the new site, as everyone’s name is being moved into the new system, but Northam said not every name is there yet, so if you don’t see it right away, keep trying.

He also said starting next week, the number of spectators allowed at outdoor sporting events will increase to 250, and that children will be allowed to attend summer camps this year.

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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 555,592 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Wednesday, February 17, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 2,284 from the 553,308 reported Tuesday, a bigger increase than the 1,770 new cases reported from Monday to Tuesday.

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Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 1,427,750 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Wednesday, up from Tuesday’s 1,399,221.

5,653,212 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Wednesday, with an 8.9% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 9.1% reported Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, there are 7,075 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Tuesday’s 7,037.

1,823 people across Virginia are hospitalized as of Wednesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from Tuesday’s count of 1,849.

44,595 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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