Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 9,914 on Sunday

5,878,744 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 439,305 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Jan. 17, 2021 at 10:49 AM EST
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As of Sunday, January 17, Virginia has had 439,305 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That total reflects a 9,914 case increase since Saturday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 13.8% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 14.2% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

23 additional deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving the death toll at 5,729.

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 Thursday, Dec. 10, Gov. Northam addressed the state to discuss new COVID-19 restrictions. These restrictions, Northam said, will last until at least Jan. 31.

The restrictions include a modified stay at home order in which all individuals in Virginia must stay home between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. Exceptions include getting food and other goods, heading to and from work and seeking medical attention.

A new universal mask requirement in which masks must be worn when inside and when social distancing is not possible. All Virginians aged five and up must wear a face covering.

A reduction in social gatherings from 25 individuals to 10 individuals has been put into place, and there are continued limits on dining in restaurants. These new restrictions will be in place starting Monday, Dec. 14, at 12:01 a.m.

For more information on the governor’s new restrictions, click here.

Statewide case totals and testing numbers as of January 17

By January 17, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 357,345 confirmed cases and 81,960 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 5,878,744 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 4,807,396 PCR tests, 198,429 antibody tests and 872,919 antigen tests.

At this point, 19,913 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 5,729 have died of causes related to the disease.

Where are our local cases?

Here’s a breakdown of cases for our region as of 10:00 a.m. January 17.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 20,517 total cases

• Augusta County - 4,323 (+26 from Saturday)

• Bath County - 229 (+3 from Saturday)

• Buena Vista - 636 (+6 from Saturday)

• Harrisonburg - 5,037 (+45 from Saturday)

• Highland County - 67 (+4 from Saturday)

• Lexington - 722 (+1 from Saturday)

• Rockbridge County - 880 (+26 from Saturday)

• Rockingham County - 4,995 (+78 from Saturday)

• Staunton - 2,022 (+22 from Saturday)

• Waynesboro - 1,606 (+17 from Saturday)

Outbreaks: 60, with 26 in long-term care facilities, 5 in a healthcare setting, 22 in congregate settings, 3 in a correctional facility, and 3 in an educational setting, 1 in K-12 | 5,009 cases associated with outbreaks

Total tests: 200,231

Local percent positivity: 10.2%

Lord Fairfax Health District: 13,152 total cases

• Clarke County - 511 (+7 from Saturday)

• Frederick County - 4,797 (+56 from Saturday)

• Page County - 1,351 (+27 from Saturday)

• Shenandoah County - 2,842 (+45 from Saturday)

• Warren County - 1,685 (+35 from Saturday)

• Winchester - 1,966 (+38 from Saturday)

Outbreaks: 86, with 40 in long-term care facilities, 12 in healthcare settings, 24 in congregate settings, 3 in a correctional facility, 3 in a college/university setting, 3 in a K-12 setting and 1 in a child care setting | 2,081 cases associated with outbreaks

Total tests: 167,294

Local percent positivity: 7.9%

COVID-19 Vaccine in Virginia

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 January 17, 283,342 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 33,470 people are fully vaccinated.

943,400 total vaccine doses have been distributed throughout the state.

VDH defines new vaccine doses administered as the number of vaccine doses administered the previous day and reported to VDH by 4 a.m. today.


The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s online dashboard indicates that, as of January 17, at least 35,276 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 at 3,058.

West Virginia updates

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 108,821 total cases in West Virginia as of January 17.

Grant County: 919 total COVID-19 cases (+3 from Saturday)

Hardy County: 1,083 total COVID-19 cases (+5 from Saturday)

Pendleton County: 459 total COVID-19 cases (+9 from Saturday)

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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