Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 1,769 on Tuesday

7,316,234 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 567,039 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 10:18 AM EST
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As of Tuesday, February 23, Virginia has had 567,039 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That total reflects a 1,769 case increase since Monday. The Virginia Department of Health reports an 8.1% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and an 8.3% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

172 additional deaths were reported on Tuesday, leaving the death toll at 7,658.

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.

On Wednesday, February 17, Governor Northam increased the spectator limit at outdoor sporting events to 250 people, as long as social distancing measures are being followed.

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

Statewide case totals and testing numbers as of February 23

By February 23, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 447,840 confirmed cases and 119,199 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 7,316,234 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 5,778,994 PCR tests, 219,086 antibody tests and 1,318,154 antigen tests.

At this point, 23,698 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 7,658 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 23.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 24,761 total cases

• Augusta County - 5,139 (+9 from Monday)

• Bath County - 240

• Buena Vista - 829 (+2 from Monday)

• Harrisonburg - 5,642

• Highland County - 90

• Lexington - 1,088 (+5 from Monday)

• Rockbridge County - 1,248

• Rockingham County - 5,987 (+1 from Monday)

• Staunton - 2,388 (+5 from Monday)

• Waynesboro - 2,110 (-1 from Monday)

Outbreaks: 78, with 33 in long-term care facilities, 6 in healthcare settings, 27 in congregate settings, 4 in correctional facilities, 6 in college/university settings and 2 in K-12 settings.

Total tests: 266,325

Lord Fairfax Health District: 17,625 total cases

• Clarke County - 751 (+2 from Monday)

• Frederick County - 6,689 (+16 from Monday)

• Page County - 1,810 (+1 from Monday)

• Shenandoah County - 3,673 (+4 from Monday)

• Warren County - 2,253 (+4 from Monday)

• Winchester - 2,449 (+2 from Monday)

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

Total tests: 201,379

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 23, 1,135,299 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 497,401 people are fully vaccinated.

2,120,885 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 23, at least 46,052 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 1,621.

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 130,139 total cases in West Virginia as of February 23.

Grant County: 1,052 total COVID-19 cases (+3 from Monday)

Hardy County: 1,263 total COVID-19 cases (+3 from Monday)

Pendleton County: 617 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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