Virginia added another 1,954 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as the Lord Fairfax Health District added 127.
The health district, which covers Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren, has seen a gradual rise in its daily case counts since early October but has suffered a series of record-breaking increases over the last week.
Thursday was its second-highest one-day increase in cases during the pandemic behind Wednesday’s 174 new cases. Before that were Tuesday’s 113 new cases and Saturday’s 80 new cases, each of which was record-setting.
Before Saturday, the district’s highest single-day increase was 73 new cases, which it hit once in April and again in May.
As of Thursday, the district’s seven-day average for new cases was 91.
Frederick County continued its recent streak, contributing to almost half of the district’s new cases with 58 new cases, its third-highest so far behind Tuesday’s 59 cases and Wednesday’s 88 cases.
Shenandoah added 26 cases, Warren 15, Winchester 14, Page nine and Clarke five.
Winchester, Warren and Page also each added one hospitalization. There were no new deaths reported in the district.
The district now has 5,242 cases, 404 hospitalizations and 140 deaths.
Virginia saw 108 new hospitalizations and 36 deaths, the Virginia Department of Health reported at its online dashboard, vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.
The commonwealth has 210,787 cases, 13,815 hospitalizations and 3,896 deaths. Of those, 20,631 cases, 239 hospitalizations and 302 deaths are probable.
Virginia’s seven-day average of new cases is 1,823, up from 1,761. Its seven-day positivity rate for PCR tests is 7.1%, with no change since Wednesday.
Virginia has had 1,460 outbreaks, an increase of seven from Wednesday, and 31,277 outbreak-associated cases.
The Lord Fairfax Health District has seen 55 outbreaks, with no change since Monday.
Three area nursing homes are included on a list of nationwide outbreaks at the nursing home data portal at data.cms.gov, with results last updated in the week ending Nov. 8.
Life Care Center of New Market has had 83 confirmed cases throughout the pandemic, along with 18 residents suspected of having COVID-19 and 19 deaths from the virus.
Consulate Health Care of Woodstock has had 70 confirmed cases, 104 residents suspected of having the virus and 57 deaths.
Heritage Hall in Front Royal has had 37 confirmed cases (up one), 10 residents suspected of having the virus (up one) and seven deaths (up one).
Shenandoah County Public Schools at shenandoah.k12.va.us reported five students and one staff member with active cases.
Signal Knob Middle has three student cases, while Strasburg High and W.W. Robinson Elementary each has one. The school division office has one staff case.
Peter Muhlenberg Middle is on a virtual learning model until at least Monday.
Warren County Public Schools at wcps.k12.va.us/index.php/covid-19-dashboard listed one active student case at Skyline Middle and one at Warren County High. It has one active staff case each at Ressie Jeffries Elementary, Skyline High and Warren County High along with four at the central office.
Its online dashboard lists 56 students (up two from Wednesday) and 14 staff members (up two from Wednesday) quarantining because of contact with the virus. Since Sept. 8, the site said it’s had eight positive cases among students and 10 among staff. All schools remain open, the site says.
Winchester Public Schools at wps.k12.va.us/Page/11740 lists eight active student cases and 10 staff cases.
Handley High has four staff cases (one more) and two student cases (one more), Daniel Morgan Intermediate has one staff case, John Kerr Elementary has two student cases and Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary has one staff case. The site also lists 18 staff members and 47 students self-quarantining. All city schools remain open.
Clarke County Public Schools, which updates its dashboard with weekly totals each Wednesday at clarke.k12.va.us, lists 17 students and three staff self-quarantining.
Clarke County High has one active staff case and one student case. The county joint maintenance and finance departments have two staff cases, and D G Cooley Elementary has one active case for a contracted service employee assigned to that school. All schools remain open.
Frederick and Page counties don’t have online dashboards for their school systems.
The health district has not confirmed any outbreaks in K-12 settings.
A Thursday post at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail’s online COVID dashboard at rswregionaljail.com says that five inmates currently have positive COVID-19 tests.
Frederick County has had 1,704 cases (up 58) 111 hospitalizations and 17 deaths
Shenandoah County has had 1,251 cases (up 26), 112 hospitalizations and 62 deaths
Winchester has had 832 cases (up 14), 49 hospitalizations (up one) and four deaths
Warren County has had 739 cases (up 15), 54 hospitalizations (up one) and 24 deaths
Page County has had 544 cases (up nine), 59 hospitalizations (up one) and 31 deaths
Clarke County has had 172 cases (up five), 19 hospitalizations and two deaths
Harrisonburg in the Central Shenandoah Health District saw no change in cases Thursday. It has had 3,296 cases, 103 hospitalizations and 36 deaths
Rockingham County has had 2,025 cases (up eight), 136 hospitalizations and 31 deaths