COVID-related hospitalizations drop in Virginia; positive test percentage rises

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 1:34 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 822,985 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Thursday, September 16, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 4,181 from Wednesday’s 818,804, a bigger increase than the 4,066 new cases reported from Tuesday to Wednesday.

NOTE: VDH is now only updating the cases and testing dashboard Monday through Friday.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 10,226,850 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Thursday, up from 10,204,734 Wednesday. 65.7% of the state’s population has gotten at least one dose, with 58.3% fully vaccinated. 78% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 69.4% are fully vaccinated.

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8,948,268 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Thursday, with a 10.6% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, up from the 10.5% reported Wednesday.

As of Thursday, there have been 12,207 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 12,170 reported Wednesday.

2,144 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Thursday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from 2,155 reported Wednesday. 65,323 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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