Virginia Jan. 14 COVID-19 update: Record ventilator usage, unvaccinated much more likely to be hospitalized, die

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia is reporting its highest number of ventilator patients of the pandemic (360) as omicron continues its spread across the Commonwealth.

COVID intensive care hospitalizations are also at a record high with 656 patients and only 135 adult intensive care beds were available on Friday, the data shows.

The vast majority of hospitalizations concern unvaccinated people, the data continues to show. Unvaccinated people are 36 times more likely to be hospitalized and 26 times more likely to die than vaccinated people. They are also 59 times more likely to develop COVID-19.

Fortunately, the number of people vaccinated continues to increase, with nearly 90% of Virginia’s population with at least one dose. More than 2 million received a booster shot.

Virginia is reporting 22 COVID deaths on average, and the United States is reporting nearly 1,900 a day, up 53% from two weeks ago. The number of cases (nearly 19,000 per day) and the percentage of positive tests (35.8%) are much higher than previous levels of the pandemic, which shows how contagious omicron is.

Statewide Metrics

  • New cases: +17 219 (1,351,417 in total), 18,626 on average (highest levels of pandemic)
  • Death: +18 (15,803 in total), has been down (22 per day on average now) but VDH says there is a reporting delay this month as it implements new federal guidelines for deaths associated with COVID-19
  • Current hospitalizations: -49 patients (currently 3,845 in total and 3,742 on average over 7 days, record average) The number of intensive care units reaches a record level (656 patients), the use of ventilators now reaches a new record (360 patients)
  • (1,964 total beds still available statewide, 364 for intensive care (adult and pediatric, only 135 adult intensive care beds)
  • Test for positivity: 35.8%, at record highs, from 5-6% last month
  • Vaccine doses administered: 14,412,369
  • Percentage of population that received at least one dose: 78.4% (6,689,691)
  • Percentage of adults (18 years and older) who received at least one dose: 89.6%
  • Percentage of population fully immunized: 68.3% (5,828,733)
  • Percentage of fully immunized adults: 78.5%
  • Persons vaccinated by booster/third dose: 2,291,158

Local cases

  • Accomack: 5,625 cases, 360 hospitalized, 85 deaths (+93 cases, +1 hospitalized, +1 death)
  • Chesapeake: 41,172 cases, 1,502 hospitalized, 383 deaths (+549 cases, +8 hospitalized)
  • Franklin: 2,093 cases, 83 hospitalized, 43 deaths (+18 cases)
  • Gloucester: 5,529 cases, 97 hospitalized, 83 deaths (+129 cases)
  • Hampton: 22,659 cases, 959 hospitalized, 258 deaths (+322 cases,)
  • Isle of Wight: 6,010 cases, 287 hospitalized, 92 deaths (+64 cases)
  • James City County: 11,423 cases, 329 hospitalized, 100 deaths (+196 cases, +2 hospitalized)
  • Mathews: 1,170 cases, 31 hospitalized, 24 deaths (+13 cases)
  • Newport News: 30,021 cases, 981 hospitalized, 320 deaths (+427 cases, +6 hospitalized)
  • Norfolk: 34,647 cases, 1,881 hospitalized, 371 deaths (+474 cases, +41 hospitalized)
  • Northampton: 1,625 cases, 116 hospitalized, 51 deaths (+26 cases, +1 hospitalized)
  • Poquoson: 1,885 cases, 44 hospitalized, 24 deaths (+25 cases)
  • Portsmouth: 17,830 cases, 1,070 hospitalized, 256 deaths (+206 cases, +9 hospitalized)
  • Southampton: 2,821 cases, 96 hospitalized, 75 deaths (+17 cases)
  • Suffolk: 15,188 cases, 902 hospitalized, 254 deaths (231 cases, +10 hospitalized)
  • Virginia Beach: 73,803 cases, 3,364 hospitalized, 618 deaths (1,240 cases, +40 hospitalized, +1 death)
  • Williamsburg: 1,430 cases, 58 hospitalized, 13 deaths (no change)
  • York: 7,917 cases, 167 hospitalized, 87 deaths (+115 cases, +2 hospitalized)

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