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Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 779 on Saturday

9,415,445 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 666,111 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Updated: May. 8, 2021 at 10:51 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 Saturday, May 8, Virginia has had 666,111 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

That total reflects a 779 case increase since Friday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 5.3% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 4.5% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

11 additional deaths were reported on Saturday, leaving the death toll at 10,885.

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. However, vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask outdoors in small groups.

Statewide case totals and testing numbers as of May 8

By May 8, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 518,126 confirmed cases and 147,985 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 9,415,445 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 7,158,410 PCR tests, 241,432 antibody tests and 2,015,603 antigen tests.

At this point, 28,876 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 10,885 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. May 8.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 27,852 total cases

• Augusta County - 5,774 (+18 from Friday)

• Bath County - 270

• Buena Vista - 904 (+1 from Friday)

• Harrisonburg - 6,474 (+1 from Friday)

• Highland County - 109

• Lexington - 1,189

• Rockbridge County - 1,533 (+4 from Friday)

• Rockingham County - 6,728 (+10 from Friday)

• Staunton - 2,514 (+1 from Friday)

• Waynesboro - 2,357 (+1 from Friday)

Outbreaks: 99, with 37 in long-term care facilities, 7 in healthcare settings, 36 in congregate settings, 5 in correctional facilities, 10 in college/university settings, 2 in a child care setting and 2 in K-12 settings.

Total tests: 376,546

Lord Fairfax Health District: 20,974 total cases

• Clarke County - 974 (+2 from Friday)

• Frederick County - 7,912 (+6 from Friday)

• Page County - 2,028 (+1 from Friday)

• Shenandoah County - 4,287

• Warren County - 2,930 (+3 from Friday)

• Winchester - 2,843 (+8 from Friday)

Outbreaks: 116, with 50 in long-term care facilities, 9 in healthcare settings, 38 in congregate settings, 5 in correctional facilities, 5 in college/university settings, 7 in K-12 settings and 2 in child care settings.

Total tests: 250,562

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 May 8, 3,967,836 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 2,929,835 people are fully vaccinated.

8,149,325 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 May 8, at least 55,063 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 799.

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 155,680 total cases in West Virginia as of May 7.

Grant County: 1,271 total COVID-19 cases

Hardy County: 1,513 total COVID-19 cases (+7 from Thursday)

Pendleton County: 700 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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