Number of new COVID cases drops in Virginia from Thursday; hospitalizations down
RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 849,865 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Friday, September 24, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 2,886 from Thursday’s 846,979, a smaller increase than the 3,767 new cases reported from Wednesday to Thursday.
NOTE: VDH is now only updating the cases and testing dashboard Monday through Friday.
Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 10,484,719 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Friday, up from 10,470,868 reported Thursday. 67.3% of the state’s population has gotten at least one dose, with 59.8% fully vaccinated. 79.9% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 71.2% are fully vaccinated.
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9,156,630 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Friday, with a 9.7% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, the same number reported Thursday.
As of Friday, there have been 12,511 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 12,463 reported Thursday.
2,106 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Friday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from the 2,168 reported Thursday. 66,371 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.
For the Near Southwest Region (which includes Carilion, Centra, LewisGale, Sovah Health, and Salem VA facilities) as of Friday, 377 COVID patients are hospitalized, up from 353 a week ago, with 112 in intensive care, up ten from last week.
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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