Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 2,846 Friday

Due to the amount of vaccinations across our region, we will no longer be updating the COVID-19 hotline.

As of Friday, February 18, Virginia has had 1,622,685 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The Virginia Department of Health reports a 11.0% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 11.7% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

69 additional deaths were reported this Thursday, leaving the death toll at 18,016.

For a comprehensive summary of COVID-19 cases and testing in Virginia, you can visit the Virginia Department of Health’s website and view their COVID-19 dashboard.

On Sunday, April 18, 2021, vaccine eligibility expanded to all individuals in the Commonwealth age 16 and above.

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, former Governor Northam announced an ease in some of the COVID-19 restrictions for social gatherings that began on Saturday, May 15:

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 100 people for indoor settings and 250 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Entertainment venues: Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30 percent capacity or 500 people. Outdoor venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity — up from 30 percent — with no specific cap on the number of attendees.
  • Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at indoor recreational sporting events will increase from 100 to 250 spectators or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less. Outdoor recreational sporting events will increase from 500 to 1,000 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less.
  • Alcohol sales: Restaurants may return to selling alcohol after midnight, and dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5:00 a.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday, May 13, 2021, vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in most circumstances. On Friday, May 14, 2021, Former governor Ralph Northam announced the mask mandate in Virginia would be lifted, and capacity and social distancing restrictions will end on May 28.

By February 18, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 1,156,819 confirmed cases and 465,866 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 18,238,605 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 12,653,435 PCR tests, 320,512 antibody tests and 5,264,658 antigen tests.

At this point, 47,140 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 18,016 have died of causes related to the disease.

Here’s a breakdown of cases for our region as of 10:00 a.m. February 18.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 65,481 total cases

• Augusta County – 18,494 (+50 from Thursday)

• Bath County – 861 (+1 from Thursday)

• Buena Vista – 1,950 (+6 from Thursday)

• Harrisonburg – 13,045 (+36 from Thursday)

• Highland County – 348 (+1 from Thursday)

• Lexington – 2,769 (+2 from Thursday)

• Rockbridge County – 3,142 (+12 from Thursday)

• Rockingham County – 14,206 (+25 from Thursday)

• Staunton – 5,460 (+13 from Thursday)

• Waynesboro – 5,194 (+13 from Thursday)

Total tests: 708,915

Lord Fairfax Health District: 53,222 total cases

• Clarke County – 2,559 (+6 from Thursday)

• Frederick County – 20,103 (+50 from Thursday)

• Page County – 5,457 (+4 from Thursday)

• Shenandoah County – 10,577 (+25 from Thursday)

• Warren County – 8,315 (+14 from Thursday)

• Winchester – 6,211

Northwest Total Outbreaks: 975 with 310 in long-term care facilities, 86 in K-12 settings, 71 in healthcare settings, 40 in correctional facilities, 328 in congregate settings, 63 in college/university settings and 77 in child care settings.

Note: VDH has changed the way it tracks outbreaks. They are now grouped by regions instead of health districts.

Total tests: 482,692

The Virginia Department of Health has launched a data dashboard showcasing the number of COVID-19 vaccines that have been distributed and administered throughout the commonwealth.

According to the data dashboard, as of February 18, 6,926,710 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 6,158,412 people are fully vaccinated.

17,887,465 total vaccine doses have been distributed throughout the state.

The Virginia Hospital Healthcare Association’s online dashboard indicates that, as of February 18, at least 102,634 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital.

Unlike the VDH data that reports cumulative hospitalizations, their data on hospitalizations reflects people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 (whether with confirmed or pending cases), and that number is 1,424.

Here at WHSV, we cover Grant County, Hardy County and Pendleton County. The below information is the most recent data from each counties’ health department. You can find West Virginia’s COVID-19 dashboard here.

There are 481,818 total cases in West Virginia as of February 18.

Grant County: 3,694 total COVID-19 cases (+14 from Wednesday)

Hardy County: 4,122 total COVID-19 cases (+16 from Wednesday)

Pendleton County: 1,891 total COVID-19 cases (+14 from Wednesday)

For the latest factual information on COVID-19, you’re encouraged to check both the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC.

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