Fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in VA Monday

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 586,592 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Monday, March 8, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 892 from the 585,700 reported Sunday, a smaller increase than the 1,163 new cases reported from Saturday to Sunday.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 2,306,251 doses of vaccine had been administered in Virginia as of Monday, up from Sunday’s 2,267,459.

6,050,079 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Monday, with a 6% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, down from the 6.2% reported Sunday.

As of Monday, there are 9,683 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Sunday’s 9,596.

1,142 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Monday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, up from Sunday’s count of 1,127.

48,467 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.

Viola Higgins

I’m a mother of 2 little angels that I continuously try to figure out and spend the other half figuring out how to be a great wife. Writing is my passion and I write regularly for the Virginian Tribune and several other national news outlets.

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