One COVID-19 death in Winchester was reported Friday, the same day that the Virginia Department of Health reported across the state the fifth-highest number of new COVID-19 case, less than 50 percent of that number on Saturday, and the seventh-highest number of new cases on Sunday.

The state’s website at reported 4,078 on Friday, 1,584 new cases on Saturday and 3,999 on Sunday.

The reporting comes after Thursday, Christmas Eve, reported the largest number of new cases at 4,782.

Included with the weekend reporting were an increase of hospitalizations with 61 on Friday, 14 on Saturday, and 84 on Sunday. The death toll increased by 29 on Friday, 20 on Saturday and 14 on Sunday.

Across the state, the total number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths were reported on Sunday as 333,576, 17,548 and 4,854, respectively.

Locally in the Lord Fairfax Health District, which includes Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren, 143 new cases were reported on Friday, 105 on Saturday and 162 were on Sunday. The highest number of new cases reported in the district was 217 on Nov. 30.

One hospitalization was reported in the district on Sunday, in Shenandoah County. None were reported on Friday and Sunday. The one death in the district reported Friday, in Winchester, was followed by no deaths reported on Saturday and Sunday.

Totals in cases, hospitalizations and deaths for the health district were reported on Sunday as 9,807, 514 and 173, respectively.

The state’s seven day average of daily new cases was reported on Friday at 4,086, Saturday at 3,801 and on Sunday at 3,818. According to Thursday’s report, Virginia’s seven-day average rose 133 to 3,975.

The state’s seven-day positivity rate for PCR only test was reported on Sunday as 12.2 with 4,149,987 testing encounters. On Thursday, Its seven-day positivity rate for PCR tests dropped 0.1% to 11.5% out of 4,070,000 testing encounters.

In the district, the seven-day average of daily new cases was reported on Friday at 116, Saturday at 114 and on Sunday at 126. In Thursday’s report, the district’s seven-day average for daily new cases was 112, down two from Wednesday

The district’s seven-day positivity rate for PCR only tests was reported on Sunday at 14 percent with 119,282 testing encounters. In Thursday’s report, its positivity rate for PCR tests dropped 0.2% to 11.7% out of a total of 116,110 PCR testing encounters.

On Sunday, outbreaks across the state were reported at 1,888 since the start of the pandemic, up four from Thursday. Outbreak-associated cases were reported at 43,201 and cases among healthcare workers were reported at 17,694.

Thursday’s outbreak report added 753 outbreak-associated cases, reaching 42,921. The state saw 192 new cases reported on Thursday among health-care workers, for a total of 17,418.

In the district, on Sunday, the state’s website reported 67 outbreaks since the start of the pandemic, with no change from Thursday. Sunday reported 1,580 outbreak-associated cases, up 10 from Thursday, and 741 cases among healthcare workers, up 12 from Thursday.

Shenandoah County Public Schools updated its online dashboard on Sunday.

Sandy Hook Elementary School reported three staff cases, Strasburg High School reported two students (down one from Wednesday) and two staff cases, and W.W. Robinson Elementary School reported one student and one staff cases.

Central High School reported one student case, Ashby Lee Elementary School reported one student and staff cases, and Stonewall Jackson High School reported one staff case.

Triplett Tech and the Massanutten Governor’s Regional School reported one student case, while noting that Triplett Tech/Massanutten Regional Governor's School student cases may be duplicates of cases at a high school.

Warren County Public Schools last updated its online dashboard on Thursday.

E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School reported three student and one staff cases, Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School reported one staff case and Skyline Middle School reported one student case. Skyline High School reported three students and one staff case and Warren County High School reported two student cases.

Warren County Public Schools most recent dashboard update reported 90 students and 19 staff in self-quarantine.

Since Sept. 8, Warren County is cumulatively reporting 28 cases among students and 24 cases among staff. Another 292 students and 80 staff have quarantined due to direct contact cases.

No update on the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail website has been provided since Tuesday when one inmate was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19.

Local Cases

Clarke County has had 351 cases, 21 hospitalizations and five deaths.

Frederick County has had 3,555 cases, 140 hospitalizations and 25 deaths.

Page County has had 989 cases, 140 hospitalizations and 25 deaths.

Shenandoah County has had 2,057 cases, 138 hospitalizations and 71 deaths.

Warren County has had 1,263 cases, 68 hospitalizations and 31 deaths.

Winchester has had 1,593 cases, 75 hospitalizations and eight deaths.

Regional Cases

Harrisonburg has had 4,275 cases, 125 hospitalizations and 40 deaths.

Rockingham County has had 3,661 cases, 208 hospitalizations and 39 deaths.

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