Virginia recorded 1,739 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, along with 69 hospitalizations and eight deaths.

Adding 851 cases on Saturday and 888 on Sunday, the Virginia Department of Health ended the weekend with 70,670 recorded cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth since the pandemic started.

The rise came two days after Virginia conducted the second-highest number of detection tests since the beginning of the pandemic, the Northern Virginia Daily reported on Friday.

Included in that total were an additional 32 hospitalizations recorded Saturday and 37 on Sunday for a total of 6,744. The VDH added four deaths Saturday and four on Sunday for a total of 1,966 during the pandemic.

Around the region, the Lord Fairfax Health District reported 51 new cases over the weekend, with no additional hospitalizations or deaths.

Though new cases in Virginia had slowed down enough in recent weeks for Gov. Ralph Northam to take the state into Phase 3 of its reopening plan on July 1, Virginia on Friday recorded 943 new cases — the highest daily recording it had seen in more than a month.

The VDH COVID-19 data portal, at vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-daily-dashboard, posts new information by 10 a.m. each day using preliminary data recorded by 5 p.m. the previous day.

Of the updated numbers posted on Sunday, 2,840 cases, 45 hospitalizations and 107 deaths attributed to the coronavirus were listed as probable.

Local cases

Locally, Winchester saw a spike in cases over the weekend, with four cases added Saturday and 14 on Sunday for a total of 354 cases, 25 hospitalizations and 3 deaths since the pandemic started.

Frederick County also reported an increase, adding seven cases Saturday and eight on Sunday for a total of 551 total cases, 42 hospitalizations and six deaths.

In June, Valley Health announced it has increased the speed of its testing capacity in the lab at Winchester Medical Center, making it possible for patients and health care providers to get faster results.

Availability of testing sites at hospitals, area pharmacies and popup locations recently in Woodstock and Winchester also makes it easier for area residents to test for the coronavirus.

Virginia has a current seven-day positivity rate of 6.8%, according to the VDH data portal.

The Lord Fairfax Health District has had 24,069 testing encounters of the COVID-19 PCR (polymerise chain reaction) test so far, the site says.

Shenandoah County continues to see the largest number of overall COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Three new cases Saturday and two on Sunday brought the county’s numbers to 611 cases, 67 hospitalizations and 35 deaths.

Also in the region:

Warren County added four cases Saturday and four on Sunday for a total of 312 cases, 19 hospitalizations and eight deaths.

Page County added two cases Saturday and one Sunday to total 299 cases, 30 hospitalizations and 23 deaths.

Clarke County added two cases Saturday but held steady on Sunday for a total of 60 cases, six hospitalizations and no deaths.

Contact Josette Keelor at jkeelor@nvdaily.com