RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Saturday, March 6:
The Virginia Department of Health has reported an increase of 1,477 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the Commonwealth to 584,537. The state’s COVID-19 deaths also increased to 9,519.
The state’s positivity rate remains at 6.3%. This is the lowest the rate has been since November.
According to the Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association, 48,386 COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital.
Currently, there are 1,164 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have pending test results. Of those patients, 263 are in the ICU and 160 are on a ventilator.
VDH is reporting that a total of 2,220,399 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered as of March 6.
The percentage of people in the state who have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 16.9%.
A total of 782,229 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 53,183 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.
CLICK HERE to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia.
COVID-19 at local universities
As of March 5, the college has reported:
- 44 active student cases and 8 active employee cases of COVID-19.
- 6 students are in isolation on campus.
- 15 students are in quarantine on campus.
As of March 5, here is what the college has reported:
- 7 current active COVID-19 cases
- February 2021 monthly positivity was 1.6%
- 14,373 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: 412 cases, 12 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 23,881 cases, 359 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 1,407 cases, 48 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 2,156 cases, 56 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 3,236 cases, 65 deaths
- City of Richmond: 14,990 cases, 215 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,839 cases, 34 deaths
- Goochland County: 1,230 cases, 17 deaths
- Hanover County: 6,797 cases, 138 deaths
- Henrico County: 21,712cases, 538 deaths
- New Kent County: 1,262 cases, 13 deaths
- Powhatan County: 1,665 cases, 10 deaths
- Prince George County: 3,037 cases, 18 deaths
- Memorial Regional Medical Center reports uptick in ER patients, fewer COVID cases thanks to vaccinesWith more people getting vaccinated, doctors and nurses at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville are seeing more patients for things other than COVID-19 and fewer patients with the virus.
- Coronavirus update: Free COVID-19 testing event in Richmond next week; Cases up by 1,261 in VirginiaThe Virginia Department of Health reported 1,261 new cases, which includes those who tested positive and people with known exposure to COVID-19.
- One volunteer of the two-year study said he is getting the booster shot for the safety of his family and those around him.
- The Chickahominy Health District including New Kent, Charles City, Goochland and Hanover are adjusting the way in which it is distributing vaccines to get closer to reaching herd immunity.
- The pandemic's not over yet.
- In light of “unprecedented risks” posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Department of State has announced plans to update its current travel advisories to better reflect guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Texas A&M University researchers have identified a new COVID-19 variant that originated in the state.
- As of April 20, 25.4% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. Over three million people in the state have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.
- As Virginia enters Phase 2 of the vaccination process, some health leaders say the demographic of who is being hospitalized with COVID-19 is shifting.
- Across the nation every American adult is now eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, and challenges exist ahead to reach herd immunity.