VDH continues to perform quality assurance on COVID-19 deaths to make sure all reported deaths are complete and accurate. For more information on how VDH defines a COVID-19 associated death, please read the blog post How Does VDH Count COVID-19 Associated Deaths.
On December 28, 2021, 167 COVID-19 associated deaths were added to the dashboard. These deaths were Virginia residents who died in a state other than Virginia in 2020. There is a long delay before Virginia receives these death reports. VDH assesses out-of-state death reports at the end of the following year.
Starting January 1, 2022, VDH is updating its case definition for COVID-19 associated deaths to agree with the recently updated national guidance (PDF) (2 pp, 330KB) for classifying COVID-19 associated deaths. There will be a delay in reporting new COVID-19 associated deaths during January 2022 as VDH applies these changes. For the most accurate data, view the COVID-19 associated deaths by date of death.
VDH routinely performs ongoing and comprehensive quality assurance of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths reported on its COVID-19 data dashboards. Negative numbers in case counts for a locality may be observed as quality assurance steps are completed. More information on these quality assurance steps is available here.
COVID-19 Cases & Testing Dashboards
COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboards
VDH strives to provide accurate and timely data to the public while performing ongoing and comprehensive data quality assurance. Recent updates on reporting COVID-19 death data are presented here:
- On September 8, 2021, a facility in the Central Virginia Health District incorrectly reported approximately 700 positive cases of COVID-19. This led to a decrease in the number of cases on this page in localities in and around the Central Virginia Health District.For more information, please visit: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/news/2020-regional-news-releases/corrections-made-to-vdh-data-portal-numbers-for-central-virginia-health-district/
- The increase in deaths reported from February-March 2021 was due to processing of 2021 death certificates after the post-holiday surge of COVID-19 cases. To view COVID-19 deaths by date of death, go to the Cases dashboard.
- In the process of conducting quality assurance, 99 deaths (<1%) were identified as not being COVID-19 related according to the Virginia Case Definition for COVID-19 Associated Mortality and were reclassified on March 19, resulting in a net decrease of deaths (more COVID-19 deaths were removed than added).
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