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Number of COVID-related deaths, hospitalizations increase in VA Tuesday

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Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 8:58 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 567,039 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Tuesday, February 23, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 1,769 from the 565,270 reported Monday, a bigger increase than the 1,155 new cases reported from Sunday to Monday.

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Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 1,632,700 doses of vaccine had been administered in Virginia as of Tuesday, up from Monday’s 1,602,502.

5,763,389 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Tuesday, with an 8.3% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, the same as reported Sunday and Monday.

As of Tuesday, there are 7,658 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Monday’s 7,486.

1,621 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Tuesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, up from Monday’s count of 1,540.

46,052 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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