More than 3,000 new COVID cases reported in Virginia Tuesday

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Published: May. 17, 2022 at 9:54 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,744,306 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Tuesday, May 17, 2022, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 3,553 from the 1,740,753 reported Monday, a bigger increase than the 1,936 reported from Sunday to Monday.

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Since the pandemic began, 13,674,841 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Tuesday, with a 14.7% positivity rate from tests over the last week, up from the 14.6% reported for the previous seven days.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 15,869,141 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Tuesday. 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.

390 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Tuesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, up from 372 Monday. 109,000 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 Tuesday, there have been 20,328 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 20,322 reported Monday.

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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