Due to the number of vaccinations in our area, we will no longer be updating the COVID-19 hotline.
As of Monday, Jan. 17, Virginia had 1,397,155 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 30.8% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters and a 33.6% 7-day positivity rate for PCR testing.
Additional deaths were reported on Monday, leaving the death toll at 15,814.
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 April 18, eligibility for the vaccine was extended to all Commonwealth individuals aged 16 and over.
On Thursday, April 22, Governor Northam announced a relaxation of some of the COVID-19 related 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 on Thursday May 13 that those vaccinated are no longer required to wear a mask in most cases. On Friday, May 14, 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 January 17, the Virginia Department of Health has received reports of 1,000,259 confirmed cases and 396,896 probable cases of COVID-19 across the Commonwealth.
These positive test results are out of a total of 16,960,796 tests administered in Virginia, which included 11,865,575 PCR tests, 312,941 antibody tests and 4,782,280 antigen tests.
At this point, 46,337 Virginians have been hospitalized due to illness caused by the virus and at least 15,814 have died of disease-related causes.
Here is a breakdown of cases for our region as of 10:00 a.m. on January 17.
Shenandoah Central Health District: 55,017 total cases
• Augusta County – 15,036
• County of Bath – 690
• Buena Vista – 1,691
• Harrisonburg – 10,896
• County of Highlands – 278
• Lexington – 2,088
• Rockbridge County – 2,701
• Rockingham County – 12,385
• Staunton- 4,659
• Waynesboro- 4,593
Outbreaks: 188, including 66 in long-term care facilities, 12 in health care facilities, 70 in congregate settings, 7 in correctional facilities, 20 in college/university facilities, 5 in daycare and 8 in schools from kindergarten to grade 12.
Total number of tests: 658,929
Lord Fairfax Health District: 47,189 total cases
• Clarke County – 2,224
• Frederick County – 17,773
• County of Page – 4,781
• Shenandoah County – 9,320
• Warren County – 7,560
• Winchester – 5,531
Outbreaks: 189, including 84 in long-term care facilities, 15 in health care facilities, 52 in congregate settings, 9 in correctional facilities, 7 in college/university facilities, 15 in community facilities K-12 and 6 in child care settings.
Total number of tests: 458,032
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 January 17, 6,705,042 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 5,838,361 people are fully vaccinated.
A total of 17,123,015 vaccine doses have been distributed across the state.
The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s online dashboard shows that as of January 17, at least 84,782 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 3,812.
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 390,788 total cases in West Virginia as of January 17.
Grant County: 3,085 total COVID-19 cases
Hardy County: 3,527 total COVID-19 cases
Pendleton County: 1,543 total COVID-19 cases
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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