Virginia’s positive rate drops to 5.5%


RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 590,625 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Thursday, March 11, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 1,250 from the 589,374 reported Wednesday, a larger increase than the 1,246 new cases reported from Tuesday to Wednesday.

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Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 2,428,900 doses of vaccine had been administered in Virginia as of Wednesday, up from Tuesday’s 2,369,608. Thursday’s numbers have not yet been released.

6,105,028 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, down from the 5.8% reported Tuesday and Wednesday.

As of Thursday, there are 9,902 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Wednesday’s 9,849.

1,129 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Thursday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from Wednesday’s count of 1,136.

For the specific Near Southwest Region (which includes Carilion, Centra, LewisGale, Sovah, and Salem VA facilities) as of Wednesday, there are 162 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, with 30 in ICU.

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48,804 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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