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Virginia’s COVID percent positive rate continues to decline Wednesday

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Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 9:08 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 580,108 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Wednesday, March 3, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 1,549 from the 578,559 reported Tuesday, a larger increase than the 1,385 new cases reported from Monday to Tuesday.

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Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 2,062,403 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Wednesday, up from Tuesday’s 2,016,769.

5,946,972 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Wednesday, with a 6.6% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 6.7% reported Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, there are 9,326 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Tuesday’s 8,943.

1,352 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Wednesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, up from Tuesday’s count of 1,345.

As of Wednesday, 187 COVID patients were hospitalized in the near southwest region, which includes Carilion, Centra, LewisGale, Sovah and Salem VA facilities. Forty-three of those patients were in the ICU and 29 were on ventilators. An additional 18 people were hospitalized under investigation, awaiting results.

47,259 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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