Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 1,261 on Wednesday

8,987,289 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 649,608 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 10:04 AM EDT
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As of Wednesday, April 21, Virginia has had 649,608 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That total reflects a 1,261 case increase since Tuesday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 6.6% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 6% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

Fifteen additional deaths were reported on Wednesday, leaving the death toll at 10,640.

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 21

By April 21, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 505,419 confirmed cases and 144,189 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 8,987,289 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 6,869,915 PCR tests, 237,192 antibody tests and 1,880,182 antigen tests.

At this point, 27,852 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 10,640 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 21.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 27,325 total cases

• Augusta County - 5,656 (+16 from Tuesday)

• Bath County - 263

• Buena Vista - 879 (+2 from Tuesday)

• Harrisonburg - 6,391 (+14 from Tuesday)

• Highland County - 108

• Lexington - 1,161 (+2 from Tuesday)

• Rockbridge County - 1,487 (+2 from Tuesday)

• Rockingham County - 6,582 (+10 from Tuesday)

• Staunton - 2,478 (+1 from Tuesday)

• Waynesboro - 2,320 (+6 from Tuesday)

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: 20,307 total cases

• Clarke County - 947 (+3 from Tuesday)

• Frederick County - 7,663 (+17 from Tuesday)

• Page County - 1,967 (+4 from Tuesday)

• Shenandoah County - 4,141 (+12 from Tuesday)

• Warren County - 2,799 (+14 from Tuesday)

• Winchester - 2,790 (+5 from Tuesday)

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 21, 3,469,852 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,198,898 people are fully vaccinated.

5,500,915 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 21, at least 53,970 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 1,120.

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 149,888 total cases in West Virginia as of April 21.

Grant County: 1,240 total COVID-19 cases (+1 from Tuesday)

Hardy County: 1,447 total COVID-19 cases (+4 from Tuesday)

Pendleton County: 692 total COVID-19 cases (+2 from Tuesday)

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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