Skyview Springs confirmed to WHSV/a> that 12 people there have died of COVID-19-related causes.
The facility has 115 residents total. According to Dr. Colin Greene, with the Lord Fairfax Health District, about 10-15 percent of staff members there tested positive as well.
In Shenandoah County, New Market Poultry Products, which has more than 100 employees working on a daily basis, confirmed that they have had multiple employees test positive
– though an exact number was not provided.
The Central Shenandoah Health District currently has 11 identified outbreaks and the Lord Fairfax Health District has 13.
Dr. Colin Greene, the director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, told WHSV last Thursday that they're looking into three "significant outbreaks" in their area, including two at workplaces and one at a long-term care facility, though he does not have permission from the facilities to share their identities.
Those outbreaks are a major factor behind the increase of cases and deaths across their district since last week.
Health department officials have not specified the majority of the locations of our outbreaks, given that Virginia state code requires permission to be granted by a facility for their information to be released to the media. That;s because Virginia code treats facilities the same as "persons," meaning their anonymity has to be protected.
Many of the local outbreaks have been identified in congregate settings, which could include workplaces, apartment complexes, churches, gyms, or any setting with a group of people in one place.
Of the state's total hospitalizations, at least 57 have been in the Central Shenandoah Health District. Of those, 2 have been in Augusta County, 33 in Harrisonburg, 21 in Rockingham County, and 1 in Waynesboro.
In the Lord Fairfax Health District, there have been at least 55 hospitalizations. Eighteen of those have been in Shenandoah County and 13 in Page County.
As far as deaths, there have been 4 reported in Shenandoah County, 11 in Page County, one in Augusta County, 21 in Harrisonburg, and one in Rockingham County.
Although the statewide numbers list 21 deaths for Harrisonburg, the Central Shenandoah Health District confirmed that 22 residents of Accordius Health Harrisonburg have died
of coronavirus-related causes.
However, if any of those patients had listed residences elsewhere in the state, the health department statistics are based on people's resident addresses.
With one death in Rockingham County, WHSV confirmed with Cargill that an employee of their Dayton plant has died
of COVID-19. The company did not provide further details on if any outbreaks are investigation, though the situation at poultry facilities across Virginia has been a major focus of the governor's
Dr. Norm Oliver, the state's health commissioner, has said that it often takes several days before local health districts are able to enter death information into the state database. Dr. Laura Kornegay, director of the Central Shenandoah Health District, told WHSV that deaths first have to be reported to them by medical facilities, which is a major cause for the delay on the numbers reported for our area.
Dr. Kornegay also explained that if someone has tested positive for COVID-19, that's what goes on their death certificate. Those death certificates have a space to list secondary causes of death, and that's where ongoing health issues like heart disease and cancer are listed – the same process is how flu deaths are reported.
Other local updates
Just to the east, there have been at least 116 cases in Albemarle County, 66 in Charlottesville, 14 in Greene County, and 10 in Nelson County.
In the part of West Virginia we cover, three case have been five confirmed cases in Pendleton County
, 11 cases in Hardy County
, and three cases in Grant County.
Wondering about the number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 in Virginia? Recovery information is not required to be sent to the Department of Health, so there is no accurate way to track that data for every single confirmed case.
But there is a way to track the number of patients who were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and have since been discharged – effectively tracking how many people have recovered from the most severe cases.
The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association updates their own dashboard of data each day on hospital-specific statistics, including bed availability, ventilator usage, and more. Their online dashboard
indicates that, as of May 7, at least 2,997 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 at 1,625.
The data used by the VDH to report cumulative
hospitalizations is based on information reported in hospital claims. On the other hand, the numbers reported by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association are based on a current census from hospitals, which provides a separate data set.
Timing of VDH data
The Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 website
is updating with the latest statewide numbers somewhere between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. each day. In recent days, that has steadily creeped closer to 10 a.m.
The numbers that appear on that list are based on the cases that had been submitted to the department by 5 p.m. the previous day, so there is always some lag between when local health districts announce positive test results and when the department's numbers reflect those new results.
Reporting by local health districts
Our Virginia counties are primarily served by the Central Shenandoah Health District, which covers Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties, as well as the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro; and the Lord Fairfax Health District, which covers Shenandoah, Page, Frederick, Warren, and Clarke counties, as well as the city of Winchester.
Where are all the confirmed cases in our region?
According to the Virginia Department of Health's May 7 breakdown, 122,119 people in Virginia had been tested for the virus, with 21,570 positive results. The number of total tests has increased significantly over the last week, with around 3,000 to 5,000 tests a day, beginning to meet Gov. Northam's guidelines for the state to reach Phase 1 of reopening by May 15.
The department's breakdown and location map, available to the public here
, shows the number of cases confirmed each day, number of people tested, total hospitalizations, total deaths, and demographic breakdowns, as well as breakdowns by health district.
Here's a breakdown of cases for our region as of 9 a.m. on May 7. You can find the breakdown for the entire state in the chart below our list.
• Augusta County - 55
• Buena Vista - 8
• Harrisonburg - 574 (+22 from Thursday)
• Highland County - 2
• Lexington - 5
• Rockbridge County - 8
• Rockingham County - 320 (+10 from Thursday)
• Staunton - 15 (+1 from Thursday)
• Waynesboro - 20
11, with 2 in long-term care facilities, 1 in a healthcare setting, 6 in congregate settings, 1 in a correctional facility, and 1 in an educational setting
• Clarke County - 16
• Frederick County - 150 (+3 from Thursday)
• Page County - 123 (+1 from Thursday)
• Shenandoah County - 236 (+23 from Thursday)
• Warren County - 78 (+3 from Thursday)
• Winchester - 61
13, with 45in long-term care facilities, 3 in healthcare settings, and 5 in congregate settings
• Albemarle County - 116 (+4 from Thursday)
• Charlottesville - 66 (+1 from Thursday)
• Fluvanna County - 78
• Greene County - 14 (+1 from Thursday)
• Louisa County - 53 (+2 from Thursday)
• Nelson County - 10 (+1 from Thursday)
4, with 3 in long-term care facilities and 1 in a correctional facility
• Culpeper County - 239 (+22 from Thursday)
• Fauquier County - 153 (+4 from Thursday)
• Madison County - 20 (+2 from Thursday)
• Orange County - 43
• Rappahannock - 7
3, with 1 in a healthcare setting and 2 in congregate settings
The statewide situation in Virginia
Virginia remains under a series of public health orders and executive orders designed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The timeline of those measures can be seen below.
On Monday, May 4, Governor Ralph Northam announced that Executive Order 53
, which closed many non-essential businesses across Virginia, would be extended until May 14.
At that same briefing, the governor outlined his plans for Virginia's "Phase 1" of reopening
, which he said he anticipates will begin on Friday, May 15. At that point, the businesses that had to close due to EO 53 will be able to reopen, though they'll operate with restrictions in place, including social distancing measures, safety measures like PPE for employees, and increases sanitation.
On Wednesday, April 29, Gov. Northam announced the first public health order to end
, letting elective procedures resume on May 1. That also effectively re-opened dentist's offices for regular appointments and veterinarian's offices.
On April 24, the governor outlined a blueprint on how Virginia can enter phases of reopening
, calling for the commonwealth to see a 14-day trend of declining daily case totals before the process begins.
Executive Order 53, which closed many non-essential businesses and banned gatherings of more than 10 people, is set to last until at least May 8, after an extension announced by Northam in April
Executive Order 55
, the 'Stay at Home' order signed by Northam on March 30, is set to run through at least June 10, as it has been since its signing. It instructs all Virginians to stay home except for essential needs.
Virginia remains under a state of emergency until June 10 as well.
Of the orders in place, Executive Order 53 is enforceable by law, so someone who hosts a gathering of more than 10 people can be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. You can learn more about what police enforcement of Northam's executive orders looks like here
Virginia's local elections in May
and the primaries in June
have each been postponed by two weeks as well.
What to know about preventing the virus
Most people don't suffer much from COVID-19, but it can cause severe illness in the elderly and people with existing health problems.
It spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract the virus by touching those objects or surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. In a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can cause death, particularly among those who are older or who have chronic medical conditions. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.
To lower the risk of respiratory germ spread, including COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health encourages the following effective behaviors:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Avoid contact with sick people.
• Avoid non-essential travel.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent or antiviral medication to treat COVID-19. The best way to avoid illness is preventing exposure, which is why governments around the world have implemented Stay at Home orders.
For the latest factual information on COVID-19, you're encouraged to check both the Virginia Department of Health
and the CDC