Coronavirus update: New case numbers below 2,000, positivity rate stays the same


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Saturday, February 20:

The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,882 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 561,812.

The state is reporting 7,197 deaths. The positivity rate is at 8.2 percent.

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Virginia’s pre-registration system opens

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.

What you need to know about Virginia’s new COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system 

COVID-19 hospitalizations

According to the Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association, 45,667 COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital.

Currently, there are 1,594 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have pending test results. Of those patients, 312 are in the ICU and 186 are on a ventilator.

Vaccine summary

VDH is reporting that a total of 1,541,772 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered as of Feb. 20.

Over 12 percent of the people in the state have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A total of 440,339 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 36,172 COVID-19 vaccine doses are administered every day.

Coronavirus testing near you


  • Monday: Feb. 22 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road.
  • Wednesdays: Feb. 24 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. St. Augustine Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road.
  • Thursday: Feb. 25 – 10 a.m. to noon. Walmsley United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd.


  • Thursday: Feb. 25 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 3300 Broad Rock Boulevard

COVID-19 at local universities

Virginia Commonwealth University

As of Feb. 19, the college has reported:

  • 70 active student cases and 7 active employee cases of COVID-19.
  • 30 students are in isolation on campus.
  • 74 students are in quarantine on campus.

University of Richmond

As of Feb. 19, here is what the college has reported:

  • 19 current active COVID-19 cases
  • January 2021 monthly positivity was 3.6 percent
  • 10,320 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: 389 cases, 10 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 22,919 cases, 222 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,289 cases, 36 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,024 cases, 24 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 2,984 cases, 39 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 14,380 cases, 151 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 1,737 cases, 21 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,191 cases, 8 deaths
  • Hanover County: 6,476 cases, 107 deaths
  • Henrico County: 20,810 cases, 363 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,207 cases, 7 death
  • Powhatan County: 1,616 cases, 7 deaths
  • Prince George County: 2,870 cases, 11 deaths

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