VA COVID-19 hospitalization numbers hold steady Friday

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 592,214 total cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Friday, March 12, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 1,589 from the 590,625 reported Thursday, a larger increase than the 1,250 new cases reported from Wednesday to Thursday.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 2,557,478 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Friday, up from Thursday’s 2,493,097.

6,132,452 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Friday, with a 5.5% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, the same as reported Thursday.

As of Friday, there are 9,961 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from Thursday’s 9,902.

1,129 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Friday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, the same as Thursday’s count.

48,920 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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