RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 600,550 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Thursday, March 18, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 2,082 from the 598,468 reported Wednesday, a larger increase than the 1,327 new cases reported from Tuesday to Wednesday.
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Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 2,870,901 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Thursday, up from Wednesday’s 2,810,928.
6,248,924 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Thursday, with a 5.5% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, up from the 5.4% reported Wednesday.
As of Thursday, there are 10,182 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Wednesday’s 10,154.
1,034 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Thursday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from 1,077 on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday, there were 137 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the near southwest region, which includes Carilion, Centra, LewisGale, Sovah and Salem VA facilities. Twenty-five patients are in the ICU and 15 are on ventilators. There are an additional seven patients under investigation, awaiting results.
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49,395 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.
These 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.
Any 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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