Watch: Gov. Northam updates Virginians on COVID-19 response, vaccination efforts

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Sep 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-27 13:47:16-04

The Virginia Department of Health released their daily updated numbers involving COVID-19 cases within the state as Gov. Northam is set updates Virginians on COVID-19 data and vaccine information Monday at 1 p.m.

According to their website, there are now 857,852 total cases, 642,730 of which are confirmed and 215,122 are probable. There are 12,592 total COVID-19 related deaths, with 10,625 being confirmed and 1,967 being probable. The case numbers are up by 7,987, and deaths are up by 81 since Friday since Virginia does not release data over the weekend.

A total of 9,230,489 COVID-19 PCR tests have now been given in Virginia.

As of Monday Virginia has given a total of 10,532,362 COVID-19 vaccines. That is 47,643 statewide doses given since Friday.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association also updated their numbers. As of Monday, there are 1,880 people currently being hospitalized, confirmed with COVID-19. There are 188 people receiving inpatient hospital care whose test results are still pending. Combined, there are a total of 2,068 being hospitalized for coronavirus related illness.

540 confirmed positive patients, and those whose test results are pending, are currently hospitalized in the ICU.

351 patients who have been hospitalized for coronavirus have been discharged.

Governor Northam provided an update Monday on the state's COVID-19 response and vaccination efforts. During the briefing, Northam noted that most new cases in Virginia are from unvaccinated Virginians. He stressed the importance of increasing vaccination rates.

Virginia ranks 14th in the nation for our COVID-19 vaccination rates, Northam stated.

The governor mentioned during the briefing that the Pfizer vaccine is in the works for children 5 - 12 and he expects it to be ready by the end of October or at the beginning of November.

During the briefing, Northam said his teams are working with school divisions and superintendents to do whatever possible to get health centers to come to schools to have vaccination clinics.

He says plans are still in formation and nothing will happen before the FDA approval, but when the time comes, Virginia will be ready so it’s as easy on parents and children as possible.

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