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Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 1,675 on Saturday

7,475,156 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Feb. 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM 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 Saturday, February 27, Virginia has had 574,314 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That total reflects a 1,675 case increase since Friday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 7.2% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 7.4% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

185 additional deaths were reported on Saturday, leaving the death toll at 8,382.

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 of 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 27

By February 27, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 452,664 confirmed cases and 121,650 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 7,475,156 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 5,879,000 PCR tests, 221,033 antibody tests and 1,375,123 antigen tests.

At this point, 24,091 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 8,283 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 27.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 25,021 total cases

• Augusta County - 5,185 (+7 from Friday)

• Bath County - 245 (+2 from Friday)

• Buena Vista - 836

• Harrisonburg - 5,702 (+17 from Friday)

• Highland County - 91

• Lexington - 1,106 (+12 from Friday)

• Rockbridge County - 1,274 (+4 from Friday)

• Rockingham County - 6,028 (+11 from Friday)

• Staunton - 2,427 (+9 from Friday)

• Waynesboro - 2,126 (+2 from Friday)

Outbreaks: 81, with 34 in long-term care facilities, 6 in healthcare settings, 29 in congregate settings, 4 in correctional facilities, 6 in college/university settings and 2 in K-12 settings.

Total tests: 275,343

Lord Fairfax Health District: 17,753 total cases

• Clarke County - 757

• Frederick County - 6,738 (+15 from Friday)

• Page County - 1,823 (+4 from Friday)

• Shenandoah County - 3,694 (+5 from Friday)

• Warren County - 2,281 (+6 from Friday)

• Winchester - 2,460 (+1 from Friday)

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: 204,548

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 27, 1,239,435 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 616,469 people are fully vaccinated.

2,245,615 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 27, at least 46,748 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 1,374.

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 131,234 total cases in West Virginia as of February 27.

Grant County: 1,062 total COVID-19 cases (+3 from Thursday)

Hardy County: 1,264 total COVID-19 cases (+1 from Thursday)

Pendleton County: 619 total COVID-19 cases (+1 from Thursday)

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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