Peter Muhlenberg Middle School in Woodstock will return to a hybrid learning model on Monday, Shenandoah County Public Schools announced in a Wednesday news release.

The school division had moved classes at the middle school as well as two of its high schools online after some staff members at all three schools had tested positive for COVID-19.

Strasburg and Central high schools will continue with entirely virtual learning until at least Nov. 2, the school division states in the release.

On Wednesday, the Lord Fairfax Health District counted another 34 COVID-19 cases, along with four hospitalizations and one death.

Warren County added 15 new cases, two hospitalizations and one death, bringing its total throughout the pandemic to 544 cases, 37 hospitalizations and 18 deaths.

Frederick County added 13 cases and two hospitalizations, bringing its total to 1,120 cases, 80 hospitalizations and 13 deaths.

Winchester added four cases, while Page and Shenandoah counties each added one. Clarke County subtracted a case from its total.

Since the start of the pandemic, the district has reported 3,741 cases, 313 hospitalizations and 126 deaths.

Shenandoah County has 14 active cases of COVID-19 among students and staff across its 10 public schools, the division’s news release says.

“These cases, and the increase in cases across the region, have a direct impact on our schools,” Superintendent Mark Johnston says in the release.

“A large number of SCPS teachers and staff are on leave for a variety of COVID-related reasons, not just positive cases,” he continues. “... We’re monitoring staff availability and hope to return Central High School and Strasburg High School to the hybrid model as soon as possible, depending on staff availability.”

Virginia reported 1,018 new cases on Wednesday, including 55 hospitalizations and 30 deaths.

During the pandemic, the Virginia Department of Health has recorded 168,772 cases, 10,774 considered probable, as well as 12,010 hospitalizations (114 probable) and 3,515 deaths (249 probable.)

Local cases

Frederick County has had 1,120 cases (up 13 cases), 80 hospitalizations (up two) and 13 deaths.

Shenandoah County has had 931 cases (up one), 96 hospitalizations and 60 deaths.

Winchester has had 572 cases (up four), 40 hospitalizations and four deaths.

Warren County has had 544 cases (up 15), 37 hospitalizations (up two) and 18 deaths (up one).

Page County has had 460 cases (up one), 48 hospitalizations and 30 deaths.

Clarke County has had 114 cases (down one), 12 hospitalizations and one death.

Regional cases

Harrisonburg in the Central Shenandoah Health District has had 2,945 cases (up 11), 97 hospitalizations and 35 deaths.

Rockingham County, also in the Central Shenandoah Health District, has had 1,701 cases (up two), 124 hospitalizations (down one) and 26 deaths (up one).

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