COVID in Virginia: Hospitalizations, daily new-case number, positive test percentage all drop from Wednesday to Thursday

Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 12:23 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 866,776 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Thursday, September 30, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 3,132 from Wednesday’s 863,644, a slightly smaller increase than the 3,151 new cases reported from Tuesday to Wednesday.

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

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 10,568,255 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Thursday, up from 10,554,140 Wednesday. 67.8% of the state’s population has gotten at least one dose, with 60.3% fully vaccinated. 80.5% of Virginians 18 and over has received at least one dose and 71.8% are fully vaccinated.

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9,301,357 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Thursday, with an 8.9% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 9% reported Wednesday.

As of Thursday, there have been 12,750 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 12,696 reported Wednesday.

1,986 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Thursday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from the 2,033 reported Wednesday. 67,812 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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