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Percentage of positive COVID tests ticks down slightly in Virginia

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Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 2:14 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,841,786 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Monday, June 20, 2022, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 1,733 from the 1,841,053 reported Sunday.

Other numbers are not released on weekends.

Since the pandemic began, 14,097,437 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Monday, with a 17.9% positivity rate from tests over the last week, down from the 18% reported Friday for the previous seven days.

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536 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Monday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, the same as the number reported Friday. 111,849 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 20,455 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from 20,453 reported 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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