Virginia May 13 COVID-19 update: Va. reporting about 600 new cases on average per day; 6.9 million-plus shots administered

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia reported 579 new coronavirus cases and 27 more deaths linked to the virus on Thursday.

Virus metrics been dropping across the board, with 31 less COVID-19 patients in the hospital compared to Wednesday. 748 are hospitalized, about 300 patients less than this time last month and less than 1/4 of the peak in January.

Thursday’s reported deaths were the highest reported in one day in about a month, but death reporting has some lag. The average of deaths reported per day has been steadily dropping, and is now at 14 per day.

State metrics

  • New cases (+579, 668,726 total)
  • New deaths (+27, 10,961 total)
  • Current hospitalizations (-31 patients, 748 total)
  • Vaccine doses administered (total doses administered: 6,926,215, percent of population with at least 1 dose: 47.6%, percent of the population fully vaccinated: 36.3%)

Virginia has now also administered more than 6.9 million vaccine doses, and about half the population has at least one dose. Demand has slipped however, down to about 47,000 shots per day, something Virginia health officials are working to address. Virginia vaccine coordinator Dr. Danny Avula, says health officials are changing messaging and emphasizing how easy it is to get a vaccine at multiple distribution points such as local health providers.

He said he’s also working to address hesitancy for some people in getting the second doses, and said data is showing a single dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has only about 20% effiicacy against new virus variants, compared to about 80% with both doses.

The Pfizer vaccine was also just approved for children 12 and up, and Avula said in a press briefing Thursday he hopes kids will encourage hesitant parents to get their shot too.

Local cases

  • Accomack: 2,830 cases, 207 hospitalized 41 deaths (+1 cases)
  • Chesapeake: 20,868 cases, 992 hospitalized, 296 deaths (+5 cases, +2 hospitalized, +4 deaths)
  • Franklin: 1,130 cases, 56 hospitalized, 32 deaths (-2 cases)
  • Gloucester: 2,197 cases, 61 hospitalized, 48 deaths (+1 case)
  • Hampton: 10,444 cases, 365 hospitalized, 178 deaths (+10 cases, +1 hospitalized, +1 death)
  • Isle of Wight: 3,133 cases, 148 hospitalized, 68 deaths (-4 cases, -2 hospitalized)
  • James City County: 4,602 cases, 153 hospitalized, 72 deaths (+8 cases,+2 hospitalized)
  • Mathews: 599 cases, 22 hospitalized, 12 deaths (+2 cases)
  • Newport News: 13,953 cases, 443 hospitalized, 227 deaths (+12 cases, +4 hospitalized, +1 death)
  • Norfolk: 17,635 cases, 989 hospitalized, 256 deaths (+26 cases)
  • Northampton: 806 cases, 80 hospitalized, 36 deaths (+1 case)
  • Poquoson: 874 cases, 22 hospitalized, 16 deaths (+1 case)
  • Portsmouth: 9,054 cases, 672 hospitalized, 193 deaths (+12 cases, +2 hospitalized,+1 death)
  • Southampton: 1,972 cases, 54 hospitalized, 56 deaths (no change)
  • Suffolk: 7,899 cases, 445 hospitalized, 188 deaths (+10 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • Virginia Beach: 35,854 cases, 1,611 hospitalized, 397 deaths (+27 cases, +9 hospitalized, +1 death)
  • Williamsburg: 766 cases, 28 hospitalized, 13 deaths (no change)
  • York: 3,732 cases, 69 hospitalized, 52 deaths (+3 cases, +1 hospitalized)

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