COVID hospitalizations continue to rise in Virginia

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Published: May. 16, 2022 at 10:16 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,740,753 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Monday, May 16, 2022, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 7,565 from the 1,733,188 reported Friday.

372 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Monday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, up from 325 Friday. 108,927 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.

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Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 15,865,180 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Monday. 82.1`% of the state’s population have gotten at least one dose, with 73.5% fully vaccinated. 92.9% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 83.4% are fully vaccinated.

As of Monday, there have been 20,322 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 20,317 reported Friday.

Since the pandemic began, 13,662,090 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests had been conducted in Virginia as of Monday, with a 14.6% positivity rate from tests over the last week. New PCR numbers were not released for Friday.

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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