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COVID hospitalizations top 500 in Virginia

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Published: May. 25, 2022 at 11:52 AM EDT
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The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts have reached a milestone of 1,000 deaths of RCAHD residents due to COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Watch the health district’s news conference on rising case counts here:

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,770,620 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Wednesday, May 25, 2022, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 3,488 from the 1,767,132 reported Tuesday, a bigger increase than Tuesday’s 3,224 new cases.

519 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Wednesday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, up from 472 Tuesday. 109,683 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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Since the pandemic began, 13,785,942 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Wednesday, with a 17.2% positivity rate from tests over the last week, up from the 17% reported Tuesday for the previous seven days.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 15,909,773 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Wednesday. 82.2% of the state’s population have gotten at least one dose, with 73.6% fully vaccinated. 93% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 83.5% are fully vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, there have been 20,358 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 20,348 reported Tuesday.

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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