RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update on cases and vaccinations from the Virginia Department of Health for Saturday, February 14:
The VDH is reporting 2,575 new cases today bringing the total cases to 549,999.
The testing positivity rate is down to 9.6%, the lowest rate since late November.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association is reporting 1,906 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, 42,994 people with the virus have been hospitalized and discharged.
Coronavirus deaths in the Commonwealth are continuing to rise with 7,012 deaths since March.
Over 1 million people have received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia. Of those people, 317,526 have gotten both doses of the vaccine.
The percent of people with at least one dose has increased to 11.8%.
Of the first doses received by the state, just over 90% of them have been administered. Local health departments have administered the largest share of vaccinations, followed by hospitals and pharmacies.
On average 35,873 doses of vaccine are administered to Virginians each day.
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- Mondays: Feb. 15 and 22 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road.
- Wednesdays: Feb. 17 and 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.
- Charles City County: 398 cases, 11 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 23,594 cases, 306 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 1,364 cases, 41 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 2,100 cases, 47 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 3,161 cases, 52 deaths
- City of Richmond: 14,849 cases, 197 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,791 cases, 27 deaths
- Goochland County: 1,209 cases, 15 deaths
- Hanover County: 6,663 cases, 128 deaths
- Henrico County: 21,446 cases, 499 deaths
- New Kent County: 1,244 cases, 12 death
- Powhatan County: 1,644 cases, 8 deaths
- The main focus of the briefing was to talk about the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Within the next couple of days, Dr. Avula said Virginia would have received right around 69,000 doses of the vaccine. He said for the first couple of weeks, the vaccine will be prioritized for mass vaccination events.
- 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.
- City Council members representing Richmond's Southside began calling for a vaccination center south of the river back in February. Now with the expansion of pharmacy vaccination sites, Southside residents will have a local vaccination site.
- 69,000 coronavirus vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson are slated to arrive in Virginia by the weekend, according to the state's top vaccine program official.
- 'Cause once you're dead that's a bit too late': Dolly Parton gets vaccine, rewrites lyrics to a popular song"I know I'm trying to be funny now but I'm dead serious about the vaccine. I think we all want to get back to normal, whatever that is. And that would be a great shot in the arm, wouldn't it, if we could get back to that."
- Members of the Virginia National Guard are training at the Richmond Raceway to support the Henrico mass vaccination clinic.
- It's been nearly a year devoid of large social gatherings, but there is a glimmer of hope for the vaccinated among us.
- Nurse paralyzed from COVID-19 complications returns to Florida after months in Massachusetts hospitalDesmon Silva was placed on a ventilator last summer after becoming paralyzed from the neck down due to complications from the coronavirus.
- 'We were basically in a black hole, like no one cared': Inmates speak about catching COVID-19 in Virginia state prisonsAntwain Steward and Candace Williams are both Virginia inmates who tested positive for the coronavirus while incarcerated. Their stories show how Virginia correctional facilities responded to the pandemic and how those actions impacted prisoners.
- The Virginia Department of Health announced the first case of the South African COVID-19 variant was identified in an adult resident of Northwestern Virginia.