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Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 1,120 on Wednesday

9,170,864 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 657,154 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 10:10 AM EDT
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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 Wednesday, April 28, Virginia has had 657,154 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That total reflects a 1,120 case increase since Tuesday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 5.7% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 5.1% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

Eleven additional deaths were reported on Wednesday, leaving the death toll at 10,735.

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 Sunday, April 18, vaccine eligibility expanded to all individuals in the Commonwealth age 16 and above.

On Thursday, April 22, Governor Northam announced an ease in some of the COVID-19 restrictions for social gatherings that will begin on Saturday, May 15:

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 100 people for indoor settings and 250 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Entertainment venues: Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30 percent capacity or 500 people. Outdoor venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity — up from 30 percent — with no specific cap on the number of attendees.
  • Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at indoor recreational sporting events will increase from 100 to 250 spectators or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less. Outdoor recreational sporting events will increase from 500 to 1,000 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less.
  • Alcohol sales: Restaurants may return to selling alcohol after midnight, and dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5:00 a.m.

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 28

By April 27, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 510,867 confirmed cases and 146,287 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 9,170,864 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 6,994,812 PCR tests, 238,849 antibody tests and 1,937,203 antigen tests.

At this point, 28,271 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 10,735 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 28.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 27,550 total cases

• Augusta County - 5,705 (+9 from Tuesday)

• Bath County - 265

• Buena Vista - 887 (+3 from Tuesday)

• Harrisonburg - 6,440 (+6 from Tuesday)

• Highland County - 108 (-1 from Tuesday)

• Lexington - 1,168 (+3 from Tuesday)

• Rockbridge County - 1,499 (+1 from Tuesday)

• Rockingham County - 6,646 (+10 from Tuesday)

• Staunton - 2,489 (-1 from Tuesday)

• Waynesboro - 2,343 (+9 from Tuesday)

Outbreaks: 94, with 37 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: 365,074

Lord Fairfax Health District: 20,630 total cases

• Clarke County - 958

• Frederick County - 7,780 (+11 from Tuesday)

• Page County - 1,998 (+3 from Tuesday)

• Shenandoah County - 4,208 (+9 from Tuesday)

• Warren County - 2,874 (+10 from Tuesday)

• Winchester - 2,812 (+3 from Tuesday)

Outbreaks: 113, with 49 in long-term care facilities, 9 in healthcare settings, 37 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: 244,536

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 28, 3,711,978 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,506,040 people are fully vaccinated.

7,504,885 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 April 28, at least 54,492 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 988.

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 152,301 total cases in West Virginia as of April 28.

Grant County: 1,251 total COVID-19 cases (+2 from Tuesday)

Hardy County: 1,486 total COVID-19 cases (+16 from Tuesday)

Pendleton County: 696 total COVID-19 cases (+1 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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