COVID in Virginia: Percentage of positive tests drops; hospitalizations down

File Graphic
File Graphic(AP Newsroom)
Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 10:57 AM EST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,397,155 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Monday, January 17, 2022, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 10,842 from the 1,386,313 reported Sunday.

Since the pandemic began, 11,865,575 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Monday, with a 33.6% positivity rate from tests over the last week, down from the 35.8% reported Friday.

VACCINE INFO: What you need to know in southwest Virginia

VDH website offers COVID vaccine info

VDH expands COVID testing across Virginia

COVID-19 map tracks current hot spots

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 14,476,288 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Monday. 78.6% of the state’s population have gotten at least one dose, with 68.4% fully vaccinated. 89.7% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 78.6% are fully vaccinated.

3,812 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Monday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from the 3,845 reported Friday. 84,782 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.

As of Monday, there have been 15,814 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 15,803 reported Friday.

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.

Copyright 2022 WDBJ. All rights reserved.