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COVID in VA: Day-to-day increase in new cases drops; hospitalizations down

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Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 10:20 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 902,938 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Friday, October 15, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 2,357 from Thursday’s reported 900,581, a smaller increase than the 2,603 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, 11,036,157 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Friday. 68.7% of the state’s population has gotten at least one dose, with 61.8% fully vaccinated. 81.5% of Virginians 18 and over has received at least one dose and 73.5% are fully vaccinated.

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9,643,750 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Friday, with a 7.5% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, the same number reported Thursday.

As of Friday, there have been 13,391 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 13,345 reported Thursday.

For the Near Southwest Region (which includes Carilion, Centra, LewisGale, Sovah Health, and Salem VA facilities) as of Friday, 280 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, down from 303 a week ago, with 97 in intensive care, up from 93.

1,474 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Friday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, from the 1,533 reported Thursday. 70,074 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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