Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 2,284 on Wednesday

7,128,475 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 555,592 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 10:04 AM EST
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As of Wednesday, February 17, Virginia has had 555,592 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That total reflects a 2,284 case increase since Tuesday. The Virginia Department of Health reports an 8.7% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and an 8.9% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

Thirty-eight additional deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving the death toll at 7,075.

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 through the end of February.

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 February 17

By February 17, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 439,674 confirmed cases and 115,918 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 7,128,475 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 5,653,212 PCR tests, 216,809 antibody tests and 1,258,454 antigen tests.

At this point, 23,179 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 7,075 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. February 17.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 24,468 total cases

• Augusta County - 5,085 (+15 from Tuesday)

• Bath County - 244

• Buena Vista - 815 (+11 from Tuesday)

• Harrisonburg - 5,591 (+6 from Tuesday)

• Highland County - 87

• Lexington - 1,034 (+13 from Tuesday)

• Rockbridge County - 1,240 (+17 from Tuesday)

• Rockingham County - 5,934 (+16 from Tuesday)

• Staunton - 2,357 (+6 from Tuesday)

• Waynesboro - 2,081 (+19 from Tuesday)

Outbreaks: 71, with 31 in long-term care facilities, 6 in a healthcare setting, 23 in congregate settings, 4 in a correctional facility, and 5 in an educational setting, 2 in K-12

Total tests: 257,624

Lord Fairfax Health District: 17,368 total cases

• Clarke County - 738

• Frederick County - 6,585 (+12 from Tuesday)

• Page County - 1,778 (+2 from Tuesday)

• Shenandoah County - 3,632 (+5 from Tuesday)

• Warren County - 2,205 (+10 from Tuesday)

• Winchester - 2,430 (-2 from Tuesday)

Outbreaks: 97, with 46 in long-term care facilities, 12 in healthcare settings, 26 in congregate settings, 4 in a correctional facility, 3 in a college/university setting, 4 in a K-12 setting and 2 in a child care setting

Total tests: 197,589

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 February 17, 1,061,692 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 366,058 people are fully vaccinated.

1,766,575 total vaccine doses have been distributed throughout the state.

WHSV has also started tracking the COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia and West Virginia, which you can view here.


The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s online dashboard indicates that, as of February 17, at least 44,595 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 1,823.

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 128,405 total cases in West Virginia as of February 17.

Grant County: 1,041 total COVID-19 cases (+3 from Tuesday)

Hardy County: 1,252 total COVID-19 cases (+4 from Tuesday)

Pendleton County: 613 total COVID-19 cases

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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