Coronavirus update: Case numbers climb to over 618,000


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Wednesday, March 31:

The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,035 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases in the Commonwealth to 618,976.

The number of deaths increased to a total of 10,242. The state’s positivity rate remains at 5.8%

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Vaccine summary

VDH is reporting that a total of 3,773,586 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered as of March 31.

The percentage of people in the state who have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 29.5%.

A total of 1,346,564 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 65,046 COVID-19 vaccine doses are administered every day.

More than a dozen states will open vaccines to all adults this week

COVID-19 hospitalizations

According to the Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association, 51481 COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital.

Currently, there are 1,048 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have pending test results. Of those patients, 228 are in the ICU and 134 are on a ventilator.

COVID-19 at local universities

Virginia Commonwealth University

As of March 30, the college has reported:

  • 50 active student cases and 14 active employee cases of COVID-19.
  • 1 student is in isolation on campus.
  • 7 students are in quarantine on campus.

University of Richmond

As of March 29, here is what the college has reported:

  • 17 current active COVID-19 cases
  • February 2021 monthly positivity was 1.6%
  • 20,048 total COVID-19 tests*

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Local COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia

  • Charles City County: 451 cases, 15 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 25,404 cases, 396 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,525 cases, 57 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,348 cases, 64 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 3,509 cases, 77 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 15,773 cases, 243 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 1,975 cases, 42 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,315 cases, 21 deaths
  • Hanover County: 7,332 cases, 146 deaths
  • Henrico County: 23,156 cases, 571 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,385 cases, 14 death
  • Powhatan County: 1,772 cases, 11 deaths

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