The Lord Fairfax Health District’s highest uptick in COVID-19 cases in four months continued over the weekend with 77 new cases reported district-wide on Saturday and Sunday, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health’s online dashboard posted on Sunday morning.

The local health district, which added 37 new cases on Saturday and 40 more on Sunday, reported 252 new cases of the virus over an eight-day span starting Oct. 3 and is averaging 27.7 new cases per day over the previous week. That’s the highest per-day average in the district since June 8.

The seven-day positivity rate on completed COVID-19 tests in the Lord Fairfax Health District has climbed to 5.7% since dipping to 3.1% on Sept. 19, the highest percentage rate since mid-July.

Frederick County accounted for 33 of the new cases reported in the district over the weekend, with 16 added on Saturday and 17 on Sunday. The county, the first locality in the Lord Fairfax Health District to top 1,000 cases, is averaging 10 new cases per day over a seven-day span.

Shenandoah County reported 17 new cases over the weekend (five on Saturday, 12 on Sunday), Warren County added 11, Page County reported six and Clarke County and Winchester each added five new cases.

Shenandoah, Warren and Page counties each added one new hospitalization on Saturday, and no new deaths were reported in the district over the weekend. No new outbreaks were reported on Saturday or Sunday.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Lord Fairfax Health District has had 3,433 cases, 291 hospitalizations and 119 deaths.

Shenandoah County Public Schools’ online dashboard, updated on Sunday, added one new active case involving a student at W.W. Robinson Elementary on the central campus over the weekend, joining one active case involving a student at Ashby Lee Elementary on the southern campus. The division transitions to a hybrid model of in-person instruction on Monday.

As of noon Sunday, Warren County Public Schools listed one active case involving a student at Skyline High School and 23 individuals (19 students, four staff) division-wide in self-quarantine for having been in contact with a known COVID-19 case.

Statewide, the VDH reported 1,256 new cases on Saturday and 811 more on Sunday, bringing Virginia’s total to 158,716 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The state also added 72 hospitalizations and 14 deaths over the weekend, running those totals to 11,519 and 3,358, respectively.

Those statewide numbers include 9.085 probable cases, 98 probable hospitalizations and 238 probable deaths.

The state, like the Lord Fairfax Health District, has seen a spike in new cases of COVID-19 in recent days and on Sunday had a seven-day average of 978 new cases reported daily and a 5% seven-day positivity rate on 2,431,535 total tests conducted.

Contact Brad Fauber at bfauber@nvdaily.com