12,112 new cases of COVID reported in Virginia Wednesday

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Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 11:14 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,087,400 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Wednesday, December 29, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 12,112 from Tuesday’s reported 1,075,288, a bigger increase than the 7,439 new cases reported from Monday to Tuesday.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 13,912,371 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Wednesday. 77% of the state’s population have gotten at least one dose, with 67.4% fully vaccinated. 88.4% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 78% are fully vaccinated.

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11,132,438 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Wednesday, with a 17.4% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, up from the 15.9% reported Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, there have been 15,541 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 15,504 reported Tuesday.

2,014 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Wednesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, up from the 1,906 reported Tuesday. 77,859 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.

The 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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