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Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 2,036 on Thursday

7,399,523 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 570,982 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 10:04 AM EST
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You can now call WHSV for the latest COVID-19 case numbers in the health districts we cover, as well as the case numbers in Grant, Hardy and Pendleton Counties, W. Va. Our COVID-19 hotline will be updated daily. To listen, you can call 540-433-9191 ext. 101 Monday-Friday.

As of Thursday, February 25, Virginia has had 570,982 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That total reflects a 2,036 case increase since Wednesday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 7.7% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and an 8% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

156 additional deaths were reported on Thursday, leaving the death toll at 7,963.

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 Wednesday, February 24, Governor Northam lifted some statewide COVID-19 restrictions that had originally been established in December.

Northam says the modified stay-at-home order from midnight through 5 a.m. has been lifted as of Monday, March 1.

Northam also says as of Monday, March 1, alcohol sales will be expanded to midnight. Outdoor social gatherings can now see up to 25 people, and venues can now hold guests with a 30 percent capacity limit up to 1,000 people.

During the Feb. 24 briefing, Northam said if downward trends in COVID-19 cases continue, he expects the 30 percent measure to remain the same for venues, but with the 1,000 person capacity limit lifted, by April.

The universal mask mandate, which requires Virginians aged 5 and up to wear masks when inside public spaces and when social distancing is not possible, remains in effect.

Statewide case totals and testing numbers as of February 25

By February 25, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 450,388 confirmed cases and 120,594 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 7,399,523 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 5,830,467 PCR tests, 219,906 antibody tests and 1,349,150 antigen tests.

At this point, 23,871 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 7,963 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 25.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 24,868 total cases

• Augusta County - 5,156 (+12 from Wednesday)

• Bath County - 243 (+1 from Wednesday)

• Buena Vista - 835 (+2 from Wednesday)

• Harrisonburg - 5,662 (+10 from Wednesday)

• Highland County - 89

• Lexington - 1,094 (+7 from Wednesday)

• Rockbridge County - 1,266 (-1 from Wednesday)

• Rockingham County - 6,002 (+11 from Wednesday)

• Staunton - 2,407 (+15 from Wednesday)

• Waynesboro - 2,114 (+1 from Wednesday)

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: 271,640

Lord Fairfax Health District: 17,695 total cases

• Clarke County - 755 (+3 from Wednesday)

• Frederick County - 6,711 (+7 from Wednesday)

• Page County - 1,818 (+3 from Wednesday)

• Shenandoah County - 3,688 (+11 from Wednesday)

• Warren County - 2,268 (+8 from Wednesday)

• Winchester - 2,455 (+5 from Wednesday)

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: 203,054

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 25, 1,166,434 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 543,394 people are fully vaccinated.

2,168,585 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.

Recovery

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s online dashboard indicates that, as of February 25, at least 46,430 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 1,488.

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 130,813 total cases in West Virginia as of February 25.

Grant County: 1,059 total COVID-19 cases (+5 from Wednesday)

Hardy County: 1,263 total COVID-19 cases (+2 from Wednesday)

Pendleton County: 618 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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