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COVID in Virginia: Hospitalizations down; weekly positive test percentage drops

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Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 12:44 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 863,644 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Wednesday, September 29, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 3,151 from Tuesday’s 860,493, a bigger increase than the 2,641 new cases reported from Monday to Tuesday.

NOTE: VDH updates the cases and testing dashboard Monday through Friday only.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 10,554,140 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Wednesday, up from 10,544,780 Tuesday. 67.7% of the state’s population has gotten at least one dose, with 60.2% fully vaccinated. 80.4% of Virginians 18 and over has received at least one dose and 71.7% are fully vaccinated.

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9,272,498 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Wednesday, with a 9% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 9.1% reported Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, there have been 12,696 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 12,647 reported Tuesday.

2,033 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Wednesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from the 2,111 reported Tuesday. 67,706 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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