Gov. Ralph Northam took to Facebook over the weekend to warn Virginians if behaviors don’t change and numbers don’t look better he is prepared to put restrictions back in place.
Northam posted a status update on the social media site Saturday afternoon urging Virginians to wear masks and saying he would be watching trends over the weekend. The state has seen a growing resurgence of cases in the Eastern region of the state and on Friday the Virginia Department of Health announced surging cases were creeping into Northern and Northwest Virginia as well.
“We will be watching the public health data closely over the weekend – if the numbers don't come down, we may have to take additional steps to blunt the spread of this virus,” Northam wrote. “Wear a mask and practice physical distancing so we don't have to move back. Be smart and stay safe.”
Northam did not release any official statements or announcements over the weekend about what the state’s plans will be moving forward.
The VDH reported it recorded 1,245 new cases on Saturday and another 958 on Sunday. Hospitalizations over the weekend dropped compared to the second half of the week but trends have been up and down every three to four days for the last month.
Despite the climbing case rate and ups and downs for hospitalizations, deaths have remained relatively low in the commonwealth as the VDH reported eight new deaths statewide on Saturday and three on Sunday.
Virginia has had 84,567 cases, 7,593 hospitalizations and 2,078 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Total figures include 3,174 probable cases, 47 probable hospitalizations and 103 probable deaths.
Northam expressed frustration with the state’s trends but some areas appear to be improving or at least holding steady. The state recently crossed the 1 million test threshold as it reported on Sunday it has returned results on 1,025,066 COVID-19 detection tests. After seeing its positivity rate climb throughout July the rate appears to be dipping slightly as it reached 7.5% over a seven-day average.
The Lord Fairfax Health District enjoyed a quiet COVID-19 weekend as it reported just two new hospitalizations and no new deaths.
The district has had 2,417 cases, 209 hospitalizations and 82 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Total figures include 271 probable cases, one probable hospitalization and seven probable deaths.
Shenandoah County reported it has had 659 cases, 69 hospitalizations and 40 deaths.
Frederick County reported it has had 638 cases, 47 hospitalizations and seven deaths.
Winchester City reported it has had 387 cases, 28 hospitalizations and four deaths.
Warren County reported it has had 342 cases, 22 hospitalizations and seven deaths.
Page County reported it has had 328 cases, 36 hospitalizations and 24 deaths.
Clarke County reported it has had 63 cases, seven hospitalizations and no deaths.