COVID in VA: Percentage of positive new-case tests drops below 7

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Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 10:09 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 909,499 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Tuesday, October 19, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 1,617 from Monday’s reported 907,882, a bigger increase than the 1,227 new cases reported from Sunday to Monday.

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

Dr. Cynthia Morrow with the Roanoke and Alleghany Health Districts, says, “Although we still have high levels of community transmission of COVID-19, high numbers of individuals who are hospitalized, and unfortunately, more deaths attributed to COVID-19, the weekly number of new cases significantly decreased this week. We are hopeful that the worst is behind us.”

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 11,126,822 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Tuesday. 69% of the state’s population have gotten at least one dose, with 62.1% fully vaccinated. 81.9% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 73.8% are fully vaccinated.

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9,718,438 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Tuesday, with a 6.8% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 7% reported Monday.

As of Tuesday, there have been 13,538 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 13,486 reported Monday.

1,386 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Tuesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from the 1,388 reported Monday. 70,496 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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