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COVID-19 cases in Virginia increase by 1,705 on Friday


Due to the number of vaccinations in our area, we will no longer be updating the COVID-19 hotline.

As of Friday, April 22, Virginia had 1,691,268 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 an 8.0% positivity rate over 7 days for the total number of PCR test encounters.

25 more deaths were reported on Friday, leaving the death toll at 20,149.

For a complete summary of COVID-19 cases and testing in Virginia, you can visit the Virginia Department of Health website and view their COVID-19 Dashboard.

On Sunday 18 April 2021, eligibility for the vaccine was extended to all Commonwealth individuals aged 16 and over.

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, former Governor Northam announced a relaxation of some of the COVID-19 restrictions for social gatherings that began on Saturday, May 15:

  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of people allowed 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 places: Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate at 50% capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30% capacity or 500 people. Outdoor sites will be able to operate at 50% capacity – compared to 30% previously – with no specific cap on the number of participants.
  • Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at indoor recreational sporting events will increase from 100 to 250 spectators or 50% of capacity, whichever is lower. Outdoor recreational sporting events will increase from 500 to 1,000 people or 50% capacity, whichever is lower.
  • Sale of alcohol: Restaurants can start selling alcohol again after midnight, and dining room closings will no longer be required between midnight and 5 a.m.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday, May 13, 2021 that vaccinated people are no longer required to wear a mask under most circumstances. On Friday, May 14, 2021, former Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia’s mask mandate would be lifted and capacity and social distancing restrictions would end on May 28.

As of April 22, the Virginia Department of Health has received reports of 1,214,138 confirmed cases and 477,130 probable cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth.

These positive test results are out of 13,374,426 total PCR tests administered in Virginia.

At this point, 49,707 Virginians have been hospitalized due to illness caused by the virus and at least 20,149 have died of disease-related causes.

Here is a breakdown of cases for our region as of 10:00 a.m. on April 22.

Shenandoah Central Health District: 67,298 total cases

As of March 10, 2022, the Locality dashboard is no longer published. Cases by date of declaration and cases by date of illness can be consulted by locality on the Case dashboard.

Total number of PCR tests: 428,426

Lord Fairfax Health District: 54,603 total cases

Total number of PCR tests: 365,887

Northwest total outbreaks: 1,002 reported, including 322 in long-term care facilities, 89 in K-12 facilities, 73 in health care facilities, 41 in correctional facilities, 330 in congregate settings, 65 in colleges/universities and 82 in child care facilities.

Note: VDH has changed the way it tracks outbreaks. They are now grouped by regions instead of health districts.

The Virginia Department of Health has launched a data dashboard showing the number of COVID-19 vaccines that have been distributed and administered across the Commonwealth.

According to the data dashboard, as of April 22, 7,021,736 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 6,281,119 people are fully vaccinated.

A total of 18,813,025 doses of vaccine have been distributed across the state.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s online dashboard shows that as of April 22, at least 107,886 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital.

Unlike VDH data which reports cumulative hospitalizations, their hospitalization data reflects hospitalized patients confirmed positive for COVID-19, and that number is 179.

Here at WHSV we cover Grant County, Hardy County and Pendleton County. The information below is the most recent data from each county’s health department. You can find West Virginia’s COVID-19 dashboard here.

There were 499,796 total cases in West Virginia as of April 22.

Grant County: 3,776 total COVID-19 cases (+1 from Thursday)

Hardy County: 4,184 total COVID-19 cases (+1 from Thursday)

Pendleton County: 1,966 total COVID-19 cases (+4 from Thursday)

For the latest factual information on COVID-19, we encourage you to check both the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC.

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