COVID-19 in Virginia: 17,600+ new cases reported Friday, Dec. 31, 2021

Posted at 9:37 AM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 12:33:49-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- In an effort to provide accurate, easy-to-read information on the on-going COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our community, will update this post with the day's local coronavirus headlines and statistics.

COVID-19 IN VIRGINIA (Scroll to bottom for U.S. stats)

Positive COVID-19 Cases Since Start of Pandemic: 1,118,518 (+17,618 from Thursday)
People Hospitalized Since Start of Pandemic: 41,862 (+270 from Thursday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths Since Start of Pandemic: 15,587 (+22 from Thursday)

IN-DEPTH: County-by-county look at COVID-19 cases in Virginia; which areas saw biggest spike Friday

Total Tests: 15,922,911(+40,973 from Thursday)
All Health Districts Current 7-Day Positivity Rate Total: 21.1% (Up from 19.3% Thursday)

People Vaccinated with at least One Dose: 6,598,615 (+15,116 from Thursday)
% of Population with at least One Dose: 77.3% (Up from 77.1% from Thursday)
% of 18+ Population with at least One Dose: 88.7% (Up from 88.5% from Thursday)

People Fully Vaccinated: 5,771,230 (+7,990 from Thursday)
% of Population Fully Vaccinated: 67.6% (Up from 67.5% Thursday)
% of 18+ Population Fully Vaccinated: 78.1% (Up from 78.0% Thursday)

People Fully Vaccinated with Booster/Third Dose: 2,044,402 (+38,940 from Thursday)

NOTE: This data is provided from the Virginia Department of Health daily at 10 a.m. Officials said their cutoff for data is 5 p.m. the previous day. So your local health department may have issued an alert about a case before it is added to the statewide tally released the following day. Get the latest charts and updated numbers from VDH here.

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Virginians age 5+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. Pre-registration is no longer required, so go to Vaccine Finder to search for specific vaccines available near you or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-275-8343).

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