About the Data

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is reporting more detailed, near real-time health data than ever before. VDH receives more information about COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths every day. This new information may result in slight changes in previously reported case, hospitalization, or death counts in your community or within the state. Please note that data are preliminary and subject to change. VDH strives to provide accurate and timely data to the public through ongoing and comprehensive data assurance and quality efforts. To learn more about interpreting epidemiologic data, please visit our Data Insights page

Data updated on the VDH COVID-19 website each day are based on data from VDH surveillance data systems as of 5:00pm the night before. It is important to note a couple of things: 

  • Most often, a case is only counted once, even if a person has multiple positive tests.  However, there are instances where a person may be counted as more than one case. This may happen when a person tests positive again after 90 days from the first test, or when a person tests positive for COVID-19 with a different SARS-CoV-2 variant, which could indicate potential re-infection. On September 1, 2021, VDH adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 2021 Case Definition . This definition provides criteria for counting a new case of COVID-19 in the same person separately from a case that was already counted in Virginia. Re-infection of COVID-19 is still being analyzed in Virginia.
  • VDH counts cases in Virginia residents. People who test positive in Virginia but live in another state are reported in that state’s totals.
  • VDH collects information about hospital admissions during public health case investigations. Hospitals do not directly report their COVID-19 hospitalizations to VDH. Hospitals report their COVID-19 hospitalizations to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA). This means that the number of case investigation-based hospital admissions on VDH’s web page underrepresent the true burden of COVID-19 hospitalizations. For more detailed information on hospitalizations, please visit the VHHA Virginia Hospital COVID-19 Dashboard .

List of Virginia COVID-19 Data Dashboards

Below are brief descriptions of COVID-19 data dashboards presenting data on COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Virginia as well as detailed information on key measures, modeling, and metrics for the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia.  This list will be updated routinely as new data and information on COVID-19 become available. 

Date last updated: March 10, 2022

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