Governor: Unvaccinated people should think about how families will remember them

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Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 10:56 AM EDT
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Governor Northam continues to push vaccines, saying almost all new serious cases since summer began have been in people who are not vaccinated. Northam says the vaccine is incredibly safe and by choosing not to get vaccinated, “You are absolutely hurting other people” and “costing everyone lots of money” (referring to medical costs) by not getting a free vaccine.

Further, he said at a news conference Monday, if you decide not to get the shot, you should think about how you want your family to remember you and how you want your obituary to read.

He said Virginia’s vaccination rate is 14th in the nation, saying that’s good, considering Virginia is the 12th largest state, and most states with higher vaccination percentages are smaller than Virginia.

The governor said soon, he will talk to officials with school districts in Arlington, Roanoke and Richmond to find out their plans for child vaccinations, when vaccinations are available for people under the age of 12.

Roanoke City Superintendent Verletta White said her district will have on-site vaccination clinics when the time comes, thanks to partnerships with local health organizations.

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 857,852 cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth as of Monday, September 27, 2021, dating to the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s up 1,997 from Sunday’s 855,855.

NOTE: VDH updates the cases and testing dashboard Monday through Friday only.

Per the latest update from the state’s vaccine dashboard, 10,532,362 doses of vaccine have been administered in Virginia as of Monday, up from 10,514,758 Sunday. 67.5% of the state’s population has gotten at least one dose, with 60.1% fully vaccinated. 80.2% of Virginians 18 and over has received at least one dose and 71.5% are fully vaccinated.

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9,230,489 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests have been conducted in Virginia as of Monday, with a 9.2% positivity rate from those tests over the last week, from the 9.7% reported Friday.

As of Monday, there have been 12,592 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth since the pandemic’s beginning, up from the 12,511 reported Friday.

2,068 people across Virginia were hospitalized as of Monday with confirmed or test-pending cases of COVID-19, down from the 2,106 reported Friday. 67,412 COVID patients have been released from hospitals in Virginia since the beginning of the pandemic. That’s according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, which gets a daily report from hospitals around the commonwealth.

These hospital numbers are different from those reported by VDH, which only gathers hospitalization status at the time each case is investigated by VDH and is an under-representation of Virginia hospitalizations.

Any new confirmed cases from health departments throughout the state the rest of the day won’t show up until at least the following day on the state list, as the official numbers are only updated once a day, with a 5 p.m. cutoff each day for new cases to be reflected on the next day’s list.

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