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COVID hospitalizations continue to drop in Virginia; community levels rise in some areas

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Published: Jun. 17, 2022 at 12:25 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,835,591 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Friday, June 17, 2022, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 2,943 from the 1,832,648 reported Thursday, a bigger increase than Thursday’s 2,526 new cases.

As of Thursday evening, all localities in the Central Virginia Health District are in medium or high COVID community levels. Click here for more.

536 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Friday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from 553 reported Thursday. 111,722 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, 14,067,775 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Friday, with an 18% positivity rate from tests over the last week, up from the 17.9% reported Thursday for the previous seven days.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 15,998,585 doses of vaccine had been administered in Virginia as of Tuesday. (New numbers were not released Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.) 82.4% of the state’s population have gotten at least one dose, with 73.9% fully vaccinated. 93.3% of Virginians 18 and over have received at least one dose and 83.8% are fully vaccinated.

As of Friday, there have been 20,453 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from 20,450 reported Thursday.

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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