Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 2,304 on Thursday

7,169,971 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 557,896 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 10:10 AM EST
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As of Thursday, February 18, 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 2,304 case increase since Wednesday. The Virginia Department of Health reports an 8.4% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and an 8.6% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

Fifteen additional deaths were reported on Thursday, leaving the death toll at 7,090.

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 18

By February 18, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 441,200 confirmed cases and 116,696 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 7,169,971 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 5,679,834 PCR tests, 217,401 antibody tests and 1,272,736 antigen tests.

At this point, 23,268 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 7,090 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 18.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 24,556 total cases

• Augusta County - 5,102 (+17 from Wednesday)

• Bath County - 241 (-3 from Wednesday)

• Buena Vista - 817 (+2 from Wednesday)

• Harrisonburg - 5,603 (+12 from Wednesday)

• Highland County - 87

• Lexington - 1,046 (+12 from Wednesday)

• Rockbridge County - 1,247 (+7 from Wednesday)

• Rockingham County - 5,950 (+16 from Wednesday)

• Staunton - 2,372 (+15 from Wednesday)

• Waynesboro - 2,091 (+10 from Wednesday)

Outbreaks: 72, with 32 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: 260,084

Lord Fairfax Health District: 17,418 total cases

• Clarke County - 741 (+3 from Wednesday)

• Frederick County - 6,605 (+20 from Wednesday)

• Page County - 1,786 (+8 from Wednesday)

• Shenandoah County - 3,643 (+11 from Wednesday)

• Warren County - 2,213 (+8 from Wednesday)

• Winchester - 2,430

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: 198,509

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 18, 1,077,936 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 393,306 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 18, at least 45,305 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 128,760 total cases in West Virginia as of February 18.

Grant County: 1,043 total COVID-19 cases (+2 from Wednesday)

Hardy County: 1,256 total COVID-19 cases (+4 from Wednesday)

Pendleton County: 615 total COVID-19 cases (+2 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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