Virginia’s percent positive rate continues to decrease Wednesday

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Published: May. 5, 2021 at 9:05 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 663,538 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Wednesday, May 5, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 842 from the 662,696 reported Tuesday, a larger increase than the 771 new cases reported from Monday to Tuesday.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 6,460,376 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Wednesday, up from 6,408,079 Tuesday. 45.5% of Virginians have received at least one dose, while 32.6% are fully vaccinated.

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7,100,444 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Wednesday, with a 4.3% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 4.5% reported Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, there are 10,844 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from 10,823 reported Tuesday.

There were 119 hospitalized COVID patients in the near southwest region of Virginia as of Wednesday. Forty-two patients were in the ICU and 19 were on ventilators. An additional 20 hospitalized patients were under investigation awaiting results.

896 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Wednesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, up from 861 reported Tuesday. 54,882 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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