Reported cases of COVID-19 in the local health district hit a four-month low on Saturday before jumping to 73 on Sunday, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s online dashboard. Nine deaths were added to the district’s total over the weekend.

The Lord Fairfax Health District, which has seen a steady decline in cases since a late-January surge, reported 25 new cases of the virus on Saturday, the region’s lowest total since it reported 24 on Oct. 29. The 73 reported by the VDH on Sunday were the most in the health district since Feb. 11.

The local district has reported 13 virus-related deaths over the past five days after previously going five consecutive days without a reported death.

Statewide, Virginia reported back-to-back highs in deaths, with 99 posted on Saturday and 134 on Sunday. State case totals grew by 4,185 over the weekend, including 1,882 reported on Saturday and 2,303 more on Sunday. Virginia, like the Lord Fairfax Health District, has seen a steady decline in new COVID-19 cases since late January.

Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate on PCR-only tests has dipped to 8.3%, while the Lord Fairfax Health District has a 5.9% positivity rate.

Shenandoah County has administered 10,696 doses of the vaccine and as of Sunday, 4,031 people had been fully vaccinated. Warren County has administered 7,572 doses and has reported 2,783 people fully vaccinated, and Frederick County has administered 13,099 doses with 4,856 fully vaccinated.

In all, Virginia has administered 1.5 million doses of the vaccine and 463,117 people have been fully vaccinated. According to the VDH dashboard, 13% of the state population has received at least one vaccine dose.

According to its online dashboard that was updated on Sunday, Shenandoah County Public Schools reported no active cases among students or staff at any of its schools. All schools remain in the hybrid model for in-person instruction.

The online dashboard for Warren County Public Schools, last updated on Friday, showed one active case involving a student at Skyline High School and five active cases involving staff at Ressie Jeffries Elementary, Skyline and Warren County High School. All WCPS facilities remain open.

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