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COVID in Virginia: Vaccine doses top 12 million; day-to-day new-case increase drops

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Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 10:38 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 942,837 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Friday, November 12, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 1,466 from Thursday’s reported 941,371, a smaller increase than the 1,588 new cases reported from Wednesday to Thursday.

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

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 12,000,014 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Friday. 71.6% of the state’s population have gotten at least one dose, with 63.6% fully vaccinated. 85% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 75.6% are fully vaccinated.

“The vaccine is more accessible than ever thanks to the hard work of medical professionals, with everyone ages 5 and above now eligible and booster shots available for adults,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “Virginia ranks 10th among all states and 1st in the South in the percent of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19—so many Virginians have done their part to make our Commonwealth a safer place.”

“Thanks to the efforts of our agency partners and countless public health professionals, as well as a robust campaign to spread awareness about the vaccine’s potential to save lives, Virginia’s vaccination rate continues to outpace the national average, leading the way in protecting people from COVID-19,” said Virginia state vaccination liaison Dr. Danny Avula. “This is an important milestone that has been months in the making, and with the recent authorizations for booster doses and a vaccine for children ages 5-11, the Virginia Department of Health will continue to ensure that vaccines are available.”

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10,166,445 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Friday, with a 5.3% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 5.5% reported Thursday.

As of Friday, there have been 14,321 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 14,294 reported Thursday.

825 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Friday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from the 854 reported Thursday. 72,544 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.

In the Near Southwest Region (which includes Carilion, Centra, LewisGale, Sovah Health, and Salem VA facilities) as of Friday, 163 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, down from 165 last week, with 47 in intensive care, down from 53.

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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