Fewer than 3,000 new COVID cases reported in Virginia from Thursday to Friday

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Published: Oct. 1, 2021 at 1:45 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 869,328 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Friday, October 1, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 2,552 from Thursday’s 866,776, a smaller increase than the 3,132 new cases reported from Wednesday to Thursday.

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 had been administered in Virginia as of Thursday. (Friday’s numbers have not been posted by the state.) 67.8% of the state’s population had gotten at least one dose, with 60.3% fully vaccinated. 80.5% of Virginians 18 and over had received at least one dose and 71.8% were fully vaccinated.

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9,322,871 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Friday, with an 8.8% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 8.9% reported Thursday.

As of Friday, there have been 12,806 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 12,750 reported Thursday.

For the Near Southwest Region (which includes Carilion, Centra, LewisGale, Sovah Health, and Salem VA facilities) as of Friday, 343 COVID patients are hospitalized, down from 377 a week ago, with 109 in intensive care, down from 112.

1,898 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Friday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from the 1,986 reported Thursday. 68,809 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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