Over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Virginia | Testing positivity drops to 33.6%
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Over 10,000 new COVID cases have been reported throughout Virginia as the positivity rate starts to drop.
The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,397,155 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia as of Jan. 17, 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 Monday, 10,842 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 15,814 deaths, with 3 reported in the past 24 hours.
Currently, there are 3,812 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 Monday, the 7-day testing positivity rate is 33.6%. Here’s an explanation of Virginia’s positivity rate
There are a total of 6,452 outbreaks that have happened since the pandemic began. More than 102,492 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: 11,865,575 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.
Central VA Case Highlights:
- Chesterfield: 60,101 cases, 1,268 hospitalizations, 611 deaths
- Henrico: 53,633 cases, 1,324 hospitalizations, 754 deaths
- Richmond: 37,132 cases, 1,004 hospitalizations, 394 deaths
- Hanover: 17,926 cases, 409 hospitalizations, 209 deaths
- Petersburg: 7,224 cases, 208 hospitalizations, 112 deaths
- Goochland: 3,136 cases, 79 hospitalizations, 36 deaths
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