Percentage of positive COVID tests falls below 10% in Virginia; hospitalizations down

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Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 11:09 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 836,140 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Monday, September 20, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 2,377 from Sunday’s 833,763.

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

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 10,466,754 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Monday, up from 10,385,479 Friday. 68% of the state’s population has gotten at least one dose, with 58.8% fully vaccinated. 80.6% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 70.3% are fully vaccinated.

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9,052,899 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Monday, with a 9.8% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 10.1% reported Friday.

As of Monday, there have been 12,312 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 12,242 reported Friday.

2,158 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Monday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from 2,174 reported Friday. 65,753 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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