Following months of struggling to stifle recurring COVID-19 cases, the Life Care Center of New Market has been moved off the state’s list of ongoing outbreaks.

According to the Virginia Department of Health’s table compiling information about nursing homes, assisted living facilities and multi-care facilities, the New Market center is now classified as an outbreak that is “pending closure.”

Tony Cooper, the center’s executive director, emailed a statement to the Northern Virginia Daily last week announcing that the facility had recovered from its outbreak on Aug. 29. On Sept. 4, Cooper wrote that the facility’s last positive test for a resident came back on Aug. 14.

On Aug. 31, Cooper wrote, the center tested all of its residents and no positive tests were returned the next day.

Cooper cited Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines in saying he couldn’t report any personal information about anyone at the facility, but he did tell the Northern Virginia Daily in his statement that 83 residents and 24 associates tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility. No associates died from COVID-19, however, Cooper wrote that 19 residents did.

The Lord Fairfax Health District does not have any nursing homes or long-term care facilities reporting active outbreaks as of Tuesday, according to the VDH database.

Four facilities in Shenandoah County (Consulate Health Care of Woodstock, Dutch Haven Assisted Living, Pine Meadow and Skyline Terrace) and one facility in Warren County (Woods Cove) have had outbreaks that the VDH has determined to be closed.

The VDH reported it had 836 new cases, 30 new hospitalizations and two new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total to 128,407 cases, 9,932 hospitalizations and 2,686 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Total figures include 5,696 probable cases, 69 probable hospitalizations and 133 probable deaths.

The VDH has conducted 1,684,048 COVID-19 detection tests and reported a positivity rate of 7.5% over a seven-day average ending on Sept. 4. The state’s positivity rate is beginning to recede after climbing from a rate of 6.5% on Aug. 22.

The Lord Fairfax Health District reported it had 11 new cases, no new hospitalizations and no new deaths on Tuesday, bringing its total to 2,883 cases, 254 hospitalizations and 98 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Total figures include 314 probable cases, one probable hospitalization and eight probable deaths.

The health district has conducted 46,255 COVID-19 detection tests and reported a positivity rate of 3.1% over a seven-day average ending on Sept. 4.

Local cases

Frederick County has had 793 (up six from Monday) cases, 61 hospitalizations and 11 deaths.

Shenandoah County has had 782 (up four) cases, 82 hospitalizations and 50 deaths.

Winchester City has had 461 cases, 36 hospitalizations and four deaths.

Warren County has had 395 cases, 22 hospitalizations and six deaths.

Page County has had 366 cases, 41 hospitalizations and 27 deaths.

Clarke County has had 86 (up one) cases, 12 hospitalizations and no deaths.

Schools/ universities

Shenandoah University, which updates its COVID-19 dashboard every Monday, reported it has three active COVID-19 cases at its main campus in Winchester. The university did not report any cases at its other locations and reported that 14 people who had tested positive were cleared to resume regular activities.

James Madison University reported it has 677 active COVID-19 cases and 388 recovered cases.

The University Health Center has conducted 1,670 COVID-19 detection tests since July 1 and returned 441 positive results — a positivity rate of 26.42%. The university conducted 101 tests on Monday and returned one positive result.

In addition to the cases discovered by campus health officials, the university reported it has also had 617 students and seven staff/faculty members self-report that they tested positive for the virus.

The university, which has designated several beds for isolation, reported it had 34 beds available. The dashboard does not include the total number of beds the university has allotted for students, staff and faculty to use for quarantining or isolating.

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