Coronavirus update: More than 2 million vaccine doses administered, positivity rate falls below 7%


IMMOKALEE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 17: Medical workers administer rapid Covid-19 tests amongst the agricultural community on February 17, 2021 in Immokalee, Florida. Immokalee, which has a poverty rate of over 40 percent and whose population is made up primarily of agricultural workers, has joined with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Partners in Health to test, educate and vaccinate the community during the Covid-19 outbreak. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Tuesday, March 2:

The Virginia Department of Health has reported an increase of 1,385 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases in the Commonwealth to 578,559.

The state’s COVID-19 deaths also increased by 160. The new state total is 8,943.

There was a decrease in the positivity rate, it is now at 6.7%. This is the lowest the rate has been since November.

COVID-19 hospitalizations

According to the Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association, 47,002 COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital.

Currently, there are 1,345 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have pending test results. Of those patients, 305 are in the ICU and 200 are on a ventilator.

Vaccine summary

VDH is reporting that a total of 2,016,769 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered as of March 2.

The percentage of people in the state who have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 15.5%.

A total of 697,879 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 47,088 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.

Coronavirus testing near you


  • Thursday, March 4 — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Randolph Community Center, 1415 Grayland Ave.
  • Thursday, March 11 — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Regency Square rear parking deck, 1420 N. Parham Rd.

COVID-19 at local universities

Virginia Commonwealth University

As of March 1, the college has reported:

  • 44 active student cases and 7 active employee cases of COVID-19.
  • 6 students are in isolation on campus.
  • 22 students are in quarantine on campus.

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: 401 cases, 11 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 23,654 cases, 324 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,372 cases, 41 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,114 cases, 50 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 3,178 cases, 55 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 14,897 cases, 203 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 1,801 cases, 29 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,219 cases, 16 deaths
  • Hanover County: 6,688 cases, 134 deaths
  • Henrico County: 21,507 cases, 506 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,249 cases, 13 deaths
  • Powhatan County: 1,650 cases, 8 deaths
  • Prince George County: 2,991 cases, 13 deaths

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