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Nearly 2,000 new COVID cases reported in VA Thursday

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Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 11:29 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 631,083 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Thursday, April 8, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 1,928 from the 629,155 reported Wednesday, a larger increase than the 1,550 new cases reported from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 4,414,376 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Thursday, up from Wednesday’s 4,344,970.

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6,635,411 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Thursday, with a 6.3% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, higher than the 6.2% reported Wednesday.

As of Thursday, there are 10,436 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from 10,415 reported Wednesday.

1,111 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Thursday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, up from 1,059 Wednesday. 52,161 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.

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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