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Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 1,163 on Sunday

7,716,882 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 585,700 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Mar. 7, 2021 at 10:31 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 Sunday, March 7, Virginia has had 585,700 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That total reflects a 1,163 case increase since Saturday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 6.3% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 6.2% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

77 additional deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving the death toll at 9,596.

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 March 7

By March 7, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 461,172 confirmed cases and 124,528 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 7,716,882 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 6,038,209 PCR tests, 224,284 antibody tests and 1,454,389 antigen tests.

At this point, 24,661 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 9,596 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. March 7.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 25,439 total cases

• Augusta County - 5,246 (+4 from Saturday)

• Bath County - 246

• Buena Vista - 847 (+1 from Saturday)

• Harrisonburg - 5,802 (+8 from Saturday)

• Highland County - 97

• Lexington - 1,125

• Rockbridge County - 1,315 (+6 from Saturday)

• Rockingham County - 6,123 (+6 from Saturday)

• Staunton - 2,473 (+1 from Saturday)

• Waynesboro - 2,165 (+3 from Saturday)

Outbreaks: 84, with 35 in long-term care facilities, 6 in healthcare settings, 30 in congregate settings, 4 in correctional facilities, 7 in college/university settings and 2 in K-12 settings.

Total tests: 288,223

Lord Fairfax Health District: 18,034 total cases

• Clarke County - 782 (+1 from Saturday)

• Frederick County - 6,843 (+9 from Saturday)

• Page County - 1,842 (+1 from Saturday)

• Shenandoah County - 3,752 (+9 from Saturday)

• Warren County - 2,330 (+4 from Saturday)

• Winchester - 2,485 (+4 from Saturday)

Outbreaks: 100, with 46 in long-term care facilities, 12 in healthcare settings, 27 in congregate settings, 4 in correctional facilities, 4 in college/university settings, 5 in K-12 settings and 2 in child care settings.

Total tests: 209,732

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 March 7, 1,468,427 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 802,667 people are fully vaccinated.

2,267,427 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 March 7, at least 48,428 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 1,127.

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 133,290 total cases in West Virginia as of March 7.

Grant County: 1,084 total COVID-19 cases (+3 from Friday)

Hardy County: 1,285 total COVID-19 cases (+8 from Friday)

Pendleton County: 622 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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