Due to the number of vaccinations in our area, we will no longer be updating the COVID-19 hotline.
As of Wednesday, March 9, Virginia had 1,650,281 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 5.2% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters and a 5.5% 7-day positivity rate for PCR testing.
32 additional deaths were reported on Wednesday, leaving the death toll at 19,098.
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 March 9, the Virginia Department of Health has received reports of 1,177,551 confirmed cases and 472,730 probable cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth.
These positive test results are out of a total of 18,659,986 tests administered in Virginia, which included 12,905,270 PCR tests, 323,713 antibody tests and 5,431,003 antigen tests.
At this point, 47,764 Virginians have been hospitalized due to illness caused by the virus and at least 19,130 have died of disease-related causes.
Here is a breakdown of cases for our region as of 10:00 a.m. on March 9.
Shenandoah Central Health District: 66,540 total cases
• Augusta County – 18,821 (+18 since Tuesday)
• County of Bath – 883
• Buena Vista – 1,991
• Harrisonburg – 13,181 (+7 since Tuesday)
• Highland County – 359
• Lexington – 2,825 (+4 from Tuesday)
• Rockbridge County – 3,215 (+1 since Tuesday)
• Rockingham County – 14,395 (+6 since Tuesday)
• Staunton – 5,566 (+12 since Tuesday)
• Waynesboro – 5,287 (+6 since Tuesday)
Total number of tests: 725,769
Lord Fairfax Health District: 53,911 total cases
• Clarke County – 2,601 (+2 since Tuesday)
• Frederick County – 20,384 (+7 since Tuesday)
• County of Page – 5,531 (+3 since Tuesday)
• Shenandoah County – 10,731 (+4 since Tuesday)
• Warren County – 8,419 (+8 since Tuesday)
• Winchester – 6,245
Total North West outbreaks: 993 including 317 in long-term care facilities, 88 in K-12 facilities, 72 in health care facilities, 41 in correctional facilities, 330 in institutions collective, 65 in college/university establishments and 80 in child care establishments.
Note: VDH has changed the way it tracks outbreaks. They are now grouped by regions instead of health districts.
Total number of tests: 491,781
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 March 9, 6,959,922 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 6,201,303 people are fully vaccinated.
A total of 18,107,165 doses of vaccine have been distributed across the state.
The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s online dashboard shows that as of March 9, at least 105,237 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital.
Unlike VDH data which reports cumulative hospitalizations, their hospitalization data reflects people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 (whether confirmed or pending cases), and that number is 593.
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 494,030 total cases in West Virginia as of March 9.
Grant County: 3,751 total COVID-19 cases
Hardy County: 4,164 total COVID-19 cases (+3 from Tuesday)
Pendleton County: 1,925 total COVID-19 cases (+1 from Tuesday)
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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