Frederick County added 35 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday in its highest one-day increase of the pandemic so far.
Only two days earlier, the county matched its previous one-day high of 24 cases last reached on May 27, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s online dashboard at vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.
The county also reported three hospitalizations and one new death for a total of 1,427 cases, 101 hospitalizations and 16 deaths.
Virginia saw some of its highest daily counts this past week, including its highest one-day jump of 2,103 new cases on Nov. 7.
Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday announced new statewide restrictions that include limiting gatherings to no more than 25 people and requiring restaurant alcohol sales to end at 10 p.m. and restaurants to close by midnight.
“Face coverings are one of the best tools we have to fight COVID-19,” he said in a video announcement streamed through his official YouTube channel. “So everyone needs to wear them, age 5 and up, including in school and child-care settings.”
The changes take effect starting at midnight Monday.
“We must act as one commonwealth to get this virus under control,” he said. “We are acting now so that things do not get worse.”
The Virginia High School League announced on Friday afternoon that the new restrictions won't keep high school sports from returning in December.
"We want to make it very clear that the Governor's order for reduction in public and private gatherings to 25 individuals applies to "spectators" and not participants at those events," VHSL Executive Director Billy Haun said in a press release. "Nothing in the order prevents VHSL member schools from holding contests."
The VHSL said it would release more information on Monday.
In its weekly update, the University of Virginia’s COVID-19 model projected more than 25,000 weekly cases starting Feb. 14, if trends continue without Virginians responding with improved prevention efforts such as hand washing, social distancing, wearing of masks and avoiding indoor gatherings.
A number of risks could influence case growth over the next several weeks, “[I]ncluding fall weather, the holiday season, and a national surge in cases,” the report says at vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/2020/11/13/10078. “If these result in a jump in case growth, cases could peak at over 47,000 per week by mid-February.”
However, it said, with increased preventative actions, Virginia's COVID-19 cases could peak in early December at just under 15,000 cases per week.
Virginia’s seven-day average of daily new cases is 1,499, down from 1,546 reported on Thursday. Its seven-day positivity rate for PCR tests is 6.5% for the second day running.
On Friday, the commonwealth reported 1,235 new cases, 69 hospitalizations and 17 deaths.
Despite Frederick’s high numbers on Friday, the Lord Fairfax Health District has not reported any new outbreaks since Tuesday. The district, which covers Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren, has reported 53 outbreaks so far.
Winchester reported 15 new cases on Friday, matching its second-highest one-day increase on May 24. The city’s highest jump in new cases was 17 on June 4.
Shenandoah County added seven cases, Warren County five, Page County three and Clarke County two.
In total, the district added 67 new cases on Friday, the highest this week, following Wednesday’s 66 new cases.
In addition to Frederick County’s report, Winchester and Warren each added one hospitalization and Warren reported one death.
Statewide, the VDH has reported 1,399 outbreaks, an increase of 16 from Thursday, and 29,930 outbreak-associated cases.
Virginia now has 199,262 cases (17,786 probable), as well as 13,408 hospitalizations (204 probable) and 3,785 deaths (272 probable.)
Three area nursing homes are included on a list of nationwide outbreaks at the nursing home data portal at data.cms.gov. Results were last updated in the week ending Nov. 1.
Life Care Center of New Market has had 83 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the pandemic, along with 18 residents suspected of having COVID-19 and 19 deaths from COVID-19.
Consulate Health Care of Woodstock has had 70 (one more) confirmed cases of COVID-19, 104 residents suspected of having COVID-19 and 57 deaths (one more).
Heritage Hall in Front Royal has had 36 (three more) confirmed cases of COVID-19, nine (one more) residents suspected of having COVID-19 and six deaths.
Shenandoah County Public Schools reported five students and four staff members with active cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, according to its online dashboard at shenandoah.k12.va.us.
Signal Knob Middle School has one student case, Strasburg High School has two student cases, Peter Muhlenberg Middle and the division office each have one staff case, W.W. Robinson Elementary has two staff cases and Central High School has one student and one staff case.
Triplett Tech and the Massanutten Regional Governor's School also have one student case, which the website notes may be a duplicate of a case at one of the county’s high schools.
Peter Muhlenberg Middle School is on a virtual learning model until at least Monday.
Warren County Public Schools listed two active student cases at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School, two (one more) at Skyline Middle School and one at Blue Ridge Technical Center, along with one active staff case at Skyline High School and two at the central office.
Its online dashboard at wcps.k12.va.us/index.php/covid-19-dashboard lists 44 students and nine staff members quarantining because of contact with the virus.
All schools remain open, the site says.
A Friday post at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail’s online COVID dashboard at rswregionaljail.com says the jail has five inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19, two more from Thursday’s report.
Frederick County has had 1,427 cases (up 35), 101 hospitalizations (up three) and 16 deaths (up one)
Shenandoah County has had 1,144 cases (up seven), 109 hospitalizations and 61 deaths
Winchester has had 745 cases (up 15), 48 hospitalizations (up one) and four deaths
Warren County has had 685 cases (up five), 50 hospitalizations (up one) and 25 deaths (up one)
Page County has had 524 cases (up three), 57 hospitalizations and 31 deaths
Clarke County has had 149 cases (up two), 18 hospitalizations and two deaths
Harrisonburg in the Central Shenandoah Health District has had 3,235 cases (up 10), 103 hospitalizations and 35 deaths.
Rockingham County, also in the Central Shenandoah Health District, has had 1,946 cases (up 10), 136 hospitalizations and 29 deaths.
Reporter Tommy Keeler Jr. contributed to this story.