The Lord Fairfax Health District added 114 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, its third highest single-day report of the pandemic.
Virginia saw its highest jump in statewide cases Monday, reporting 3,242 new cases, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s online dashboard at vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.
The VDH attributed the increase in part to a delay in reporting over the weekend while the VDH data system was being upgraded.
On Saturday, Virginia added 2,348 cases and on Sunday 2,117 cases, which were still among some of the highest one-day increases seen in recent days. As of Monday, Virginia had a seven-day average of 2,343 new cases.
Locally, two new outbreaks were reported Monday, Lord Fairfax Health Director Dr. Colin Greene confirmed — one at Mountain View Christian Academy in Winchester and one at The Willows at Meadow Branch assisted-living facility in Winchester.
The Mountain View outbreak is the first at a local K-12 setting, Greene said.
“I’m honestly surprised it took this long,” Greene said of local school outbreaks in general.
Schools were feared to promote the spread of the virus when they first closed last spring and then reopened this fall.
“They’re not driving this pandemic,” Greene said, calling area schools “a haven” from the pandemic, at least so far.
But while they may not be provoking in-house outbreaks, several schools have had to shift to virtual-only learning models as staff become sick and/or quarantine because of exposure to the virus, leaving schools without enough teachers to lead classes in person.
Shenandoah County Public Schools has shifted most of its 10 school facilities to temporary virtual learning at various points during the fall semester and currently has Stonewall Jackson High School on a virtual plan through at least Dec. 4. The school has reported one staff member with an active case of COVID-19, according to the school division’s data portal at shenandoah.k12.va.us.
Strasburg High and W.W. Robinson Elementary each have one active student case, while Signal Knob Middle has two student cases and one staff case.
Winchester Public Schools currently has all its schools on a two-week virtual learning model, the division reported at wps.k12.va.us/Page/11740.
In the Mountain View outbreak, Greene said, “There are fewer than 10 cases at this time.”
“The school and we are in contact and taking measures to control it,” he said.
Greene on Monday advised that people remain vigilant in their precautions against the virus.
A vaccine is coming, he said, but it’s not here yet.
“All it takes is one person to come into a school and not know they’re sick and expose a bunch of people,” he said.
Locally, new cases were significantly down over the weekend, with the health district adding 43 new cases on Saturday and 48 on Sunday, the lowest they had been since Nov. 16.
The health district’s seven-day average for new daily cases is 101.
Virginia now has 221,038 cases, 14,096 hospitalizations and 3,942 deaths.
Of those, 22,896 cases, 262 hospitalizations and 313 deaths are classified as probable.
The state’s seven-day positivity rate for PCR tests is 7.2%.
The local district, which covers Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah and Warren, has 5,534 cases, 413 hospitalizations and 142 deaths since the pandemic started.
Frederick reported 48 new cases, Shenandoah 20, Winchester seven, Page five, Warren three and Clarke one. Winchester reported one new hospitalization. No new deaths were reported locally.
Virginia has had 1,492 outbreaks and 32,079 outbreak-associated cases.
The Lord Fairfax Health District has seen 57 outbreaks and 1,293 outbreak-associated cases.
Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail has had two outbreaks, Greene said. The second outbreak, which at its highest reached more than reported 30 cases among inmates and staff, now has five active cases, the jail’s website says at rswregionaljail.com.
Frederick County: 1,832 cases (up 48), 113 hospitalizations and 17 deaths
Shenandoah County: 1,304 cases (up 20), 112 hospitalizations and 62 deaths
Winchester: 890 cases (up seven), 52 hospitalizations (up one) and four deaths
Warren County: 766 cases (up three), 57 hospitalizations and 25 deaths
Page County: 559 cases (up five), 60 hospitalizations and 31 deaths
Clarke County: 183 cases (up one), 19 hospitalizations and three deaths
Harrisonburg in the Central Shenandoah Health District has had 3,374 cases (up 15), 104 hospitalizations and 36 deaths
Rockingham County, also in the Central Shenandoah Health District, has had 2,147 cases (up 11), 145 hospitalizations and 32 deaths