Over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Virginia | Testing positivity drops to 32.7%

On Tuesday, 10,248 new cases were reported
On Tuesday, 10,248 new cases were reported
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 4:02 PM EST|Updated: 22 hours ago
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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 1,407,403 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia as of Jan. 18, 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 Tuesday, 10,248 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 15,822 deaths, with 8 reported in the past 24 hours.

Currently, there are 3,948 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 Tuesday, the 7-day testing positivity rate is 32.7%. Here’s an explanation of Virginia’s positivity rate

There are a total of 6,465 outbreaks that have happened since the pandemic began. More than 102,767 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: 11,891,329 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: 60,476 cases, 1,270 hospitalizations, 611 deaths
  • Henrico: 54,033 cases, 1,324 hospitalizations, 754 deaths
  • Richmond: 37,300 cases, 1,005 hospitalizations, 394 deaths
  • Hanover: 18,042 cases, 409 hospitalizations, 209 deaths
  • Petersburg: 7,283 cases, 208 hospitalizations, 112 deaths
  • Goochland: 3,183 cases, 79 hospitalizations, 36 deaths

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