Virginia COVID-19 cases rise by 19,836 Wednesday
16,641,834 total tests have been run for the virus in Virginia, with 1,315,256 positive cases.
Due to the amount of vaccinations across our region, we will no longer be updating the COVID-19 hotline.
As of Wednesday, January 12, Virginia has had 1,315,256 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 32.8% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 35.8% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests.
35 additional deaths were reported this Wednesday, leaving the death toll at 15,750.
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 January 12
By January 12, the Virginia Department of Health had received reports of 941,000 confirmed cases and 374,256 probable cases of COVID-19 across the commonwealth.
Those positive test results are out of 16,641,834 total tests administered in Virginia, which included 11,653,512 PCR tests, 311,223 antibody tests and 4,677,099 antigen tests.
At this point, 45,375 Virginians have been hospitalized due to the disease caused by the virus, and at least 15,750 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. January 12.
Central Shenandoah Health District: 52,045 total cases
• Augusta County - 14,092 (+178 from Tuesday)
• Bath County - 657 (+14 from Tuesday)
• Buena Vista - 1,616 (+8 from Tuesday)
• Harrisonburg - 10,354 (+113 from Tuesday)
• Highland County - 270 (+36 from Tuesday)
• Lexington - 1,940 (+36 from Tuesday)
• Rockbridge County - 2,595 (+14 from Tuesday)
• Rockingham County - 11,769 (+137 from Tuesday)
• Staunton - 4,374 (+62 from Tuesday)
• Waynesboro - 4,378 (+47 from Tuesday)
Outbreaks: 184, with 63 in long-term care facilities, 12 in healthcare settings, 69 in congregate settings, 7 in correctional facilities, 20 in college/university settings, 5 in a child care setting and 8 in K-12 settings.
Total tests: 646,857
Lord Fairfax Health District: 44,991 total cases
• Clarke County - 2,118 (+22 from Tuesday)
• Frederick County - 16,945 (+207 from Tuesday)
• Page County - 4,557 (+42 from Tuesday)
• Shenandoah County - 8,875 (+109 from Tuesday)
• Warren County - 7,255 (+97 from Tuesday)
• Winchester - 5,241 (+66 from Tuesday)
Outbreaks: 185, with 83 in long-term care facilities, 15 in healthcare settings, 51 in congregate settings, 9 in correctional facilities, 7 in college/university settings, 15 in K-12 settings and 5 in child care settings.
Total tests: 451,523
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 January 12, 6,675,697 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 5,819,157 people are fully vaccinated.
16,915,335 total vaccine doses have been distributed throughout the state.
The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s online dashboard indicates that, as of January 12, at least 82,596 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 3,899.
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 367,217 total cases in West Virginia as of January 12.
Grant County: 2,955 total COVID-19 cases (+35 from Tuesday)
Hardy County: 3,363 total COVID-19 cases (+58 from Tuesday)
Pendleton County: 1,451 total COVID-19 cases (+17 from Tuesday)
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