Virginia surpasses 8,500 COVID-related deaths

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Published: Feb. 28, 2021 at 9:24 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 576,050 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Sunday, February 28, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 1,736 from the 574,314 reported Saturday, a larger increase than the 1,675 new cases reported from Friday to Saturday.

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Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 1,933,953 doses of vaccine had been administered in Virginia as of Sunday, up from Saturday’s 1,855,904.

5,902,722 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Sunday, with a 7.2% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 7.4% reported Saturday.

As of Sunday, there are 8,552 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Saturday’s 8,382.

1,323 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Sunday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from Saturday’s count of 1,374.

46,935 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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