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COVID-19 Live Updates | Virginia adds 1,900 new cases Wednesday

You'll find important information about coronavirus cases as well as impacts that COVID-19 is having on life in Hampton Roads and in northeastern North Carolina.

Editor's Note: As of November 7, 2020, we will be using the combined total of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 when we report daily numbers. That figure is what departments of health use in making their decisions about coronavirus. Prior to that date, the figures we used represented confirmed cases only.

Wednesday, Feb. 24

11:58 a.m.

Governor Northam is easing some COVID-19 restrictions in Virginia.

Starting March 1, the statewide stay-at-home order will be lifted which imposes a curfew on Virginians that lasts from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. every day. Also starting that day, alcohol sales will be extended to midnight. Previously, all sales had to end at 10 p.m. 

Outdoor social gathering limits will be increased from 10 to 25 people and outdoor entertainment venues can up their capacity limits from just 250 to 30% capacity.

RELATED: Governor Northam lifts some COVID-19 restrictions in Virginia

9:15 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 1,907 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases to its daily dashboard on Wednesday.

The state has seen 568,946 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started and a total of 7,807 people have died from the infectious disease.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 110
  • Chesapeake -- 61
  • Newport News -- 53
  • Hampton -- 23
  • Norfolk -- 81
  • Portsmouth -- 33
  • York County -- 15
  • Suffolk -- 26
  • Gloucester County -- 6
  • James City County -- 4
  • Isle of Wight County -- 15
  • Mathews County -- 3
  • Poquoson -- 6

Tuesday, Feb. 23

2 p.m.

Today in North Carolina, the state health department said it had reached 846,284 total cases and 10,965 deaths since March.

There were 1,514 new cases reported Tuesday.

In-state hospitals, 1,563 people were being treated for COVID-19 this morning. It's been about a month of steadily decreasing hospitalization numbers for the state.

9:25 a.m.

Tuesday in Virginia, the state health department reported there had been 567,039 total cases and 7,658 COVID-19 deaths so far.

That's 1,769 cases newly reported today.

In the state's hospitals, there were 1,621 people being treated for COVID-19 this morning. Three-hundred-fifteen of those patients were in ICU wards, and 196 people were on ventilators.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 175
  • Chesapeake -- 94
  • Newport News -- 54
  • Hampton -- 44
  • Norfolk -- 41
  • Portsmouth -- 25
  • York County -- 20
  • Suffolk -- 17
  • Gloucester County -- 9
  • James City County -- 9
  • Isle of Wight County -- 8
  • Mathews County -- 3
  • Poquoson -- 1

Monday, Feb. 22

1 p.m.

Today in North Carolina, the state health department said it had reached 844,770 total cases and 10,934 deaths since March.

There were 2,133 cases newly reported today.

In state hospitals, 1,567 people were being treated for COVID-19 this morning. It's been about a month of steadily decreasing hospitalization numbers for the state.

The state has given out 1,342,820 first doses of the vaccine, and 747,703 second doses.

9:15 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 1,155 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases to its daily dashboard. That's a significant decrease when compared to the number of cases reported on Sunday. (The number of cases reported Sunday was 2,541.)

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association said there are currently 1,296 individuals receiving hospital treatment for COVID-19. The state has seen a total of 565,270 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 90
  • Norfolk -- 32
  • Chesapeake -- 38
  • Newport News -- 32
  • Hampton -- 7
  • Portsmouth -- 21
  • Suffolk -- 18
  • York County -- 8
  • Isle of Wight County -- 12
  • Gloucester County -- 0
  • James City County -- 14
  • Mathews County -- 3
  • Poquoson -- 0

Sunday, Feb. 21

11:30 a.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added 2,541 newly reported COVID-19 cases to its daily dashboard. This is a drop compared to the reported number of cases from yesterday, by 905 cases.

There are currently 1,647 people being treated in the hospital for the disease. Since the pandemic started in March 2020, North Carolina has had 842,637 COVID-19 cases. The new daily percent positive for the entire state is at 5.9%.

10 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 2,303 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

The state of VA has reached a total of 564,115 COVID-19 cases since March 2020. There has been 23,481 people hospitalized for the infectious disease across the state since the pandemic started.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 126
  • Norfolk -- 76
  • Chesapeake -- 84
  • Newport News -- 77
  • Hampton -- 55
  • Portsmouth -- 31
  • Suffolk -- 38
  • York County -- 27
  • Isle of Wight County -- 21
  • Gloucester County -- 5
  • James City County -- 18
  • Mathews County -- 8
  • Poquoson -- 8

Saturday, Feb. 20

3:45 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added 3,446 newly reported COVID-19 cases to its daily dashboard.

As of Saturday, there were 1,708 people being treated in the hospital for COVID-19 in NC.

The state has reached a total of 840,096 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started in March 2020. The state newly reported daily percent positive for the virus is at 5.7%.

10:50 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 1,882 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. This is a drop from yesterday's newly reported cases by 152 new cases.

The state has seen a total of 23,436 hospitalizations for COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 108
  • Norfolk -- 62
  • Chesapeake -- 78
  • Newport News -- 56
  • Hampton -- 43
  • Portsmouth -- 36
  • Suffolk -- 32
  • York County -- 2
  • Isle of Wight County -- 20
  • Gloucester County -- 7
  • James City County -- 24
  • Mathews County -- 9
  • Poquoson -- 4

Friday, Feb. 19

1:23 p.m.

In North Carolina, the latest coronavirus dashboard update put the state at 836,650 total cases, with 10,820 COVID-19 deaths.

That means 3,227 cases and 54 deaths were reported Friday.

Today, in-state hospitals, 1,780 North Carolinians were being treated for COVID-19 complications. 

North Carolina has distributed 1,306,127 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and 671,215 second doses.

10:30 a.m.

This morning, the Virginia Department of Health reached 559,930 total cases, with 2,034 of those cases newly reported today.

The state had also reached 7,098 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began. Eight deaths were reported Friday.

In Virginia hospitals, 1,671 patients were being treated for COVID-19. Of those people, 329 were in ICU wards and 204 were on ventilators.

Virginia splits how it reports COVID-19 vaccine distribution into state healthcare doses and Federal Long-Term Care Facility program doses. 

The state has distributed 966,509 first doses and 362,852 second doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The FLTCF program has distributed 184,012 shots.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 114
  • Norfolk -- 83
  • Chesapeake -- 80
  • Newport News -- 64
  • Hampton -- 47
  • Portsmouth -- 31
  • Suffolk -- 22
  • York County -- 17
  • Isle of Wight County -- 11
  • Gloucester County -- 9
  • James City County -- 6
  • Mathews County -- 5
  • Poquoson -- 2

Thursday, Feb. 18

2:16 p.m.

In a 2 p.m. briefing, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper addressed the state about the coronavirus response and the icy weather.

He said because of the storm, some vaccine shipments were delayed from the federal government to North Carolina. He said the news was "frustrating," but that the state was slightly improving in its COVID-19 metrics.

"For the first time since late November, the number of people hospitals in North Carolina due to the virus has dropped under 2,000," Cooper said. "Day by day, North Carolina is making progress."

Cooper said they were still pushing to get more vaccines for the Tar Heel state.

He said they were working towards a quick and equitable distribution. In the last week, about 23% of vaccine doses administered went to Black patients.

Cooper said 91 of the state's 115 school districts were offering some kind of in-person learning this week. By mid-March, he expected 95% of the school districts to be at that level.

He said he would wait to sign a bill that would return children to in-person learning, until a proposed bill required schools to comply with virus safety guidelines that would keep students, teachers and parents healthy.

He wants legislation to include social distancing measures for all students, and allow flexibility for state and local officials to send students back to virtual learning if there's a variant-related emergency.

12:50 p.m.

North Carolina was up to 833,423 total coronavirus infections today, with 10,766 COVID-19 deaths.

That's 3,916 cases newly reported Thursday.

There were 1,892 people in North Carolina hospitals for the virus today.

COVID-19 vaccines are still rolling out in the Tar Heel State; so far, 1,278,185 people have gotten a first dose of a vaccine, and 604,443 people have gotten a second dose.

9:29 a.m.

In this morning's COVID-19 dashboard update from the Virginia Department of Health, the commonwealth was up to 557,896 total cases and 7,090 deaths.

That's 2,304 newly reported cases Thursday.

This morning, there were 1,828 people hospitalized for cases of COVID-19 in Virginia. In that group of patients, 364 people were in ICU wards, and 218 people needed to be on ventilators.

In terms of vaccine progress, the state of Virginia has administered 952,136 first doses of the vaccine and 580,275 second doses.

The Federal Long-Term Care Facility program has administered a separate 182,529 doses.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 130
  • Chesapeake -- 114
  • Norfolk -- 78
  • Portsmouth -- 51
  • Suffolk -- 43
  • Hampton -- 42
  • Newport News -- 31
  • Isle of Wight County -- 22
  • Gloucester County -- 14
  • James City County -- 9
  • York County -- 6
  • Mathews County -- 6
  • Poquoson -- 3

Wednesday, Feb. 17

2:40 p.m.

In Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's 2 p.m. press briefing, he brought attention to the commonwealth's new COVID-19 vaccine registration hotline.

The centralized sign-up website launched yesterday, and today, Virginia added a phone number where people can call to get pre-registered, if they don't have internet access. 

That number is 877-VAX-IN-VA, or in numbers, 877.829.4682.

There are both English- and Spanish-speaking call operators there. You can leave a message, and be called-back, to speak to an operator in one of 100 other languages.

"If you can use the online form, please do so, and let our call center's workers help those who don't have internet access, or who are having trouble with the online form," Northam said.

He reminded people - the vaccine is free, but scammers are taking advantage of people's interest in protecting themselves. Do not respond to people who offer you a spot in line, or a vaccine appointment, in return for payment.

Northam said in the last day, since the centralized website launched for Virginia, 240,000 people signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The governor was one of them.

The website averaged about 150 signups per minute, and during peak activity, about 300 people per minute were pre-registering with the state.

"This tells us that the system is working, and that it's meeting a demand," Northam said.

He addressed the issue that some people were having - all people who were already pre-registered through local health districts should still be in line for a vaccine. He said some people are not seeing their names on the state's database, but that is because some data is still transferring.

He said if you registered before, and don't see your name on the state's list now, check back in a few days. All the information should automatically transfer.

"We have heard you - you asked for a unified state-wide system where you can pre-register and get confirmation that it went through," Northam said. "Virginia is delivering."

So far, about 12.4% of Virginia's residents have gotten at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

The governor said he would soon be expanding the cap on spectators for outdoor sports, and said children would likely be able to attend sleep-away camps in the summer of 2021.

"We need these trends to continue - cases down, vaccinations up - as we determine a long-term plan for how to get back to life as we knew it a year ago," he said.

2:15 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services added 3,167 newly confirm COVID-19 cases to its daily dashboard. This is an increased number of cases compared to Tuesday's report, by 1,179.

There are currently 1,954 people being treated in the hospital for COVID-19 and the state has a daily percent positive of 7.7%.

The state has reached a total of 829,507 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started in March 2020.

9:15 a.m.

Governor Ralph Northam announced during a press conference that the state has launched a new call center that will assist residents with the pre-registration process to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. He said call center representatives will also answer questions, but he recommends using the online registration if you do not need additional assistance.

The Virginia Department of Health added 2,284 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases to its daily dashboard Wednesday. This is slightly back up compared to the new cases reported yesterday.

The state has seen a total of 555,592 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic first began and 23,179 people have been hospitalized across the state as a result of the infectious disease.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 122
  • Chesapeake -- 82
  • Norfolk -- 59
  • Portsmouth -- 42
  • Hampton -- 45
  • Newport News -- 72
  • Suffolk -- 21
  • Isle of Wight County -- 10
  • York County -- 23
  • Gloucester County -- 18
  • James City County -- 4
  • Mathews County -- 5
  • Poquoson -- 2

Tuesday, Feb. 16

1:00 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,988 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. This is 470 fewer new cases compared to yesterday's number.

Today, there were 1,958 people being treated in the hospital for COVID-19, and the daily percent positive is 7.4%.

In total, the state has seen 826,340 COVID-19 cases since March 2020 and 10,562 people have died in NC from the virus.

9 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 1,770 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases to its daily dashboard Tuesday.

The state has reached a total of 553,308 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic, started in March 2020, and 7,037 of those people have died due to the virus.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 105
  • Chesapeake -- 72
  • Norfolk -- 44
  • Portsmouth -- 30
  • Hampton -- 29
  • Newport News -- 27
  • Suffolk -- 27
  • Isle of Wight County -- 8
  • York County -- 9
  • Gloucester County -- 12
  • James City County -- 10
  • Mathews County -- 3
  • Poquoson -- 3

Monday, Feb. 15

12:17 p.m.

North Carolina added 2,458 new cases today, bringing the state's total count to 824,352 coronavirus infections since the pandemic began.

There have been 10,501 COVID-19 deaths since March, 2020.

Hospitalizations have been steadily declining in North Carolina since mid-January. Today, the state reported 1,941 patients in their hospitals for cases of COVID-19.

North Carolina has given out 1,177,951 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and 453,537 second doses. That's adding state health department efforts with the Federal Long-Term Care Program.

9:30 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Health added 1,539 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases to its daily dashboard.

The state has reached a total of 551,538 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started in March 2020, and 7,016 of those people have died due to the virus.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 106
  • Chesapeake -- 67
  • Norfolk -- 49
  • Portsmouth -- 38
  • Hampton -- 29
  • Newport News -- 57
  • Suffolk -- 35
  • Isle of Wight County -- 10
  • York County -- 8
  • Gloucester County -- 5
  • James City County -- 13
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Poquoson -- 0

Sunday, Feb. 14

3:45 p.m.

North Carolina continues to see a drop in hospitalizations in its update this afternoon.

NC DHHS added 3,170 new cases to its daily count on Sunday. That brings the Tar Heel state's total cases since the pandemic began at 821,894.

The death toll rose to 10,491 -- up 38 deaths from Saturday into Sunday.

Yesterday, 2,101 were in hospitals around the state receiving virus treatment. Today, that count's down to 1,989.

9:18 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Health saw fewer new cases in its update this morning.

Health officials reported 2,575 new cases and 16 more deaths related to COVID-19.

 The state has reached 549,999 total cases and 7,012 total deaths Sunday.

Here are the cases newly reported for Hampton Roads:

  • Virginia Beach -- 179
  • Chesapeake -- 115
  • Norfolk -- 122
  • Portsmouth -- 39
  • Hampton -- 52
  • Newport News -- 97
  • Suffolk -- 34
  • Isle of Wight County -- 8
  • York County -- 23
  • Gloucester County -- 11
  • James City County -- 24
  • Mathews County -- 1
  • Poquoson -- 8