Over 17,00 new COVID-19 cases reported in Virginia | Testing positivity rate at 35.8%

On Wednesday, 17,219 new cases were reported.
On Wednesday, 17,219 new cases were reported.
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 4:02 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2022 at 11:52 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Over 17,00 new coronavirus cases were reported throughout Virginia Friday.

The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,351,417 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia as of Jan. 14, 2022, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

NOTE: VDH is now only updating the cases and testing dashboard Monday through Friday.

On Friday, 17,219 new cases were reported. If you would like to see a breakdown of cases among vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and fully vaccinated people, click here.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 15,803 deaths, with 18 reported in the past 24 hours.

Currently, there are 3,845 patients hospitalized including those with pending coronavirus tests. That data is from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA).

According to Julian Walker with the VHHA, a hospitalization is only added to the total count if it’s the primary reason the patient is hospitalized. For example, if someone went to a hospital with a broken bone and tested positive, they wouldn’t be counted in the coronavirus bed count.

“That is the standard for how we collect the data in the survey that informs the dashboard,” Walker said. ”The question is specifically worded to indicate that we are looking for hospitalizations where COVID is the primary cause.”

On Friday, the 7-day testing positivity rate is 35.8%. Here’s an explanation of Virginia’s positivity rate

There are a total of 6,419 outbreaks that have happened since the pandemic began. More than 101,591 total COVID-19 cases in Virginia have been associated with an outbreak. VDH requires at least two confirmed cases to classify as an outbreak.

VDH continues to track testing: 11,739,291 PCR COVID-19 tests have been administered in the state. The department has a website designated for locating COVID-19 testing sites, view it here.

To view NBC12′s latest COVID-19 coverage, click here.

Central VA Case Highlights:

  • Chesterfield: 58,244 cases, 1,268 hospitalizations, 611 deaths
  • Henrico: 52,040 cases, 1,322 hospitalizations, 754 deaths
  • Richmond: 36,150 cases, 1,004 hospitalizations, 394 deaths
  • Hanover: 17,397 cases, 409 hospitalizations, 209 deaths
  • Petersburg: 6,964 cases, 207 hospitalizations, 111 deaths
  • Goochland: 3,058 cases, 79 hospitalizations, 36 deaths

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