Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 3,487 on Tuesday

11,580,295 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 766,435 positive cases.
(Source: CDC via CNN)
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 11:07 AM EDT
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Due to the amount of vaccinations across our region, we will no longer be updating the COVID-19 hotline, and we will start doing weekly updates every Friday of our COVID-19 cases instead of daily.

As of Tuesday, August 31, Virginia has had 766,435 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

The Virginia Department of Health reports a 10.0% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 10.1% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.

32 additional deaths were reported this Tuesday, leaving the death toll at 11,842.

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 began 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday, May 13, vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in most circumstances. On Friday, May 14, Governor Ralph Northam announced the mask mandate in Virginia would be lifted, and capacity and social distancing restrictions will end on May 28.

Statewide case totals and testing numbers as of August 31

By August 31, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 583,893 confirmed cases and 182,542 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.

Those positive test results are out of 11,580,295 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 8,564,341 PCR tests, 271,735 antibody tests and 2,744,219 antigen tests.

At this point, 33,689 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 11,842 have died of causes related to the disease.

Where are our local cases?

Here’s a breakdown of cases for our region as of 10:30 a.m. August 31.

Central Shenandoah Health District: 31,676 total cases

• Augusta County - 7,335 (+53 from Monday)

• Bath County - 302 (+1 from Monday)

• Buena Vista - 992 (+4 from Monday)

• Harrisonburg - 6,901 (+27 from Monday)

• Highland County - 126

• Lexington - 1,313 (+7 from Monday)

• Rockbridge County - 1,697 (+5 from Monday)

• Rockingham County - 7,543 (+27 from Monday)

• Staunton - 2,765 (+16 from Monday)

• Waynesboro - 2,686 (+16 from Monday)

Outbreaks: 113, with 39 in long-term care facilities, 7 in healthcare settings, 45 in congregate settings, 5 in correctional facilities, 10 in college/university settings, 3 in a child care setting and 4 in K-12 settings.

Total tests: 445,829

Lord Fairfax Health District: 24,306 total cases

• Clarke County - 1,084 (+2 from Monday)

• Frederick County - 9,172 (+40 from Monday)

• Page County - 2,399 (+15 from Monday)

• Shenandoah County - 4,836 (+21 from Monday)

• Warren County - 3,622 (+12 from Monday)

• Winchester - 3,193 (+10 from Monday)

Outbreaks: 130, with 52 in long-term care facilities, 11 in healthcare settings, 45 in congregate settings, 5 in correctional facilities, 5 in college/university settings, 8 in K-12 settings and 4 in child care settings.

Total tests: 313,132

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.

The Virginia Department of Health has not updated their vaccine data dashboard for Tuesday, August 31 yet. We will update this story as soon as we receive new data.

According to the data dashboard, as of August 30, 5,458,608 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 4,830,302 people are fully vaccinated.

11,284,125 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 August 31, at least 62,280 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 1,768.

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 189,690 total cases in West Virginia as of August 31.

Grant County: 1,445 total COVID-19 cases (+2 from Monday)

Hardy County: 1,765 total COVID-19 cases (+6 from Monday)

Pendleton County: 820 total COVID-19 cases (+3 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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