Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 1,236 on Tuesday

8,959,406 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 648,347 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 10:02 AM EDT
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As of Tuesday, April 20, Virginia has had 648,347 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That total reflects a 1,236 case increase since Monday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 6.7% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 6.1% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

Thirty additional deaths were reported on Monday, leaving the death toll at 10,625.

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, April 1, Governor Northam announced vaccine eligibility would expand to all individuals in the Commonwealth age 16 and above beginning on Sunday, April 18.

On Tuesday, March 23, Governor Northam announced an ease in some of the COVID-19 restrictions for social gatherings and entertainment venues.

Starting April 1, social gatherings may now have up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. Entertainment venues will be able to operate at 30 percent capacity with a 500 person cap. Outdoor capacity will now be able to have up to 30 percent.

When it comes to sporting events, the number of spectators will increase to 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. Masks and social distancing will still be required at this time.

Previously, Governor Northam also lifted the modified stay-at-home order, and alcohol sales have been expanded to midnight.

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 April 20

By April 20, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 504,623 confirmed cases and 143,724 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 8,959,406 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 6,854,889 PCR tests, 237,057 antibody tests and 1,867,460 antigen tests.

At this point, 27,784 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 10,625 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. April 20.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 27,241 total cases

• Augusta County - 5,640 (+7 from Monday)

• Bath County - 263

• Buena Vista - 877 (+1 from Monday)

• Harrisonburg - 6,377 (+7 from Monday)

• Highland County - 108

• Lexington - 1,159

• Rockbridge County - 1,485 (+5 from Monday)

• Rockingham County - 6,572 (+10 from Monday)

• Staunton - 2,477

• Waynesboro - 2,314 (+1 from Monday)

Outbreaks: 93, with 36 in long-term care facilities, 6 in healthcare settings, 34 in congregate settings, 5 in correctional facilities, 8 in college/university settings, 2 in a child care setting and 2 in K-12 settings.

Total tests: 355,733

Lord Fairfax Health District: 20,222 total cases

• Clarke County - 944 (+4 from Monday)

• Frederick County - 7,646 (+14 from Monday)

• Page County - 1,963 (+3 from Monday)

• Shenandoah County - 4,129 (+6 from Monday)

• Warren County - 2,785 (+4 from Monday)

• Winchester - 2,785 (-1 from Monday)

Outbreaks: 111, with 48 in long-term care facilities, 9 in healthcare settings, 36 in congregate settings, 4 in correctional facilities, 5 in college/university settings, 7 in K-12 settings and 2 in child care settings.

Total tests: 239,121

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 April 20, 3,442,232 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,166,158 people are fully vaccinated.

5,488,915 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 April 20, at least 53,876 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 1,092.

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 149,462 total cases in West Virginia as of April 20.

Grant County: 1,239 total COVID-19 cases (-2 from Monday)

Hardy County: 1,443 total COVID-19 cases (+7 from Monday)

Pendleton County: 690 total COVID-19 cases (+4 from Monday)

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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