Coronavirus update: A year into the pandemic, Virginia records 383 deaths


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Tuesday, March 3:

The Virginia Department of Health has reported an increase of 1,549 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the Commonwealth to 580,108.

VDH is reporting the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began last year. The state’s COVID-19 deaths increased by 383. The new state total is 9,326.

There was a decrease in the positivity rate, it is now at 6.6%. This is the lowest the rate has been since November.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

According to the Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association, 47,259 COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital.

Currently, there are 1,352 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have pending test results. Of those patients, 284 are in the ICU and 184 are on a ventilator.

Vaccine summary

VDH is reporting that a total of 2,062,403 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered as of March 3.

The percentage of people in the state who have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 15.8%.

A total of 716,660 people have been fully vaccinated in Virginia. According to the most recent Census data, there are 8,535,519 people living in the state.

On average 51,325 COVID-19 vaccine doses are administered every day.

Virginia’s pre-registration system open

Virginians hoping to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine are now able to through a new statewide pre-registration system that opened Wednesday morning.

CLICK HERE to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia. University of Richmond easing covid restrictions as COVID-19 cases decline 

Coronavirus testing near you


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COVID-19 at local universities

Virginia Commonwealth University

As of March 2, the college has reported:

  • 46 active student cases and 6 active employee cases of COVID-19.
  • 4 students are in isolation on campus.
  • 24 students are in quarantine on campus.

COVID-19 vaccination site available in Richmond’s Southside

University of Richmond

As of March 1, here is what the college has reported:

  • 10 current active COVID-19 cases
  • February 2021 monthly positivity was 1.6%
  • 12,690 total COVID-19 tests*

*Total COVID tests are the total number of PCR or antigen tests conducted by UR or self-reported by students, faculty and staff.

Local COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia

  • Charles City County: 402 cases, 11 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 23,727 cases, 352 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,374 cases, 45 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,118 cases, 53 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 3,192 cases, 55 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 14,914 cases, 213 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 1,805 cases, 33 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,220 cases, 17 deaths
  • Hanover County: 6,719 cases, 137 deaths
  • Henrico County: 21,585 cases, 529 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,250 cases, 12 deaths
  • Powhatan County: 1,650 cases, 9 deaths
  • Prince George County: 3,005 cases, 16 deaths

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