VDH: Record-high 234 new COVID-19 deaths reported while total cases increase by 1,657 as of Friday

(Photo: Courtesy MGN Image)

(Photo: Courtesy MGN Image)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) —As of Friday morning, Virginia health officials reported 1,657 new coronavirus cases and a record-high 234 new virus-related deaths — which is 62 cases above the previous record for the highest single-day spike in deaths.
This brings the Commonwealth’s total COVID-19 count up to 572,639 confirmed and probable cases and 8,197 confirmed and probable fatalities.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) confirmed 451,539 cases and 7,037 deaths are related to the virus as of Friday, Feb. 26. However, 121,100 cases and 1,160 deaths are still reported as “probable.”

Health officials reported 1,657 new COVID-19 cases, 107 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 234 new virus-related deaths across the Commonwealth as of Feb. 26, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia Department of Health)

According to VDH’s Friday count, more than 87,000 cases have been reported from the following localities in southwest and central Virginia:

  • Alleghany County: 1,230 cases (-4)53 hospitalizations, and 43 deaths
  • Amherst County: 2,665 cases, 76 hospitalizations, and 21 deaths
  • Appomattox County: 1,399 cases, 48 hospitalizations, and 14 deaths
  • Bath County: 243 cases, 6 hospitalizations, and 10 deaths
  • Bedford County: 5,780 cases, 148 hospitalizations, and 66 deaths
  • Bland County: 620 cases, 20 hospitalizations, and 9 deaths
  • Botetourt County: 2,201 cases, 51 hospitalizations, and 26 deaths
  • Buena Vista: 836 cases19 hospitalizations, and 12 deaths
  • Campbell County: 3,993 cases, 80 hospitalizations, and 52 deaths
  • Carroll County: 2,100 cases, 152 hospitalizations, and 59 deaths
  • Charlotte County: 741 cases, 39 hospitalizations, and 12 deaths
  • Covington: 547 cases, 22 hospitalizations, and 8 deaths
  • Craig County: 240 cases, 9 hospitalizations, and 4 deaths
  • Danville: 4,274 cases, 231 hospitalizations, and 102 deaths
  • Floyd County: 730 cases, 25 hospitalizations, and 18 deaths
  • Franklin County: 3,687 cases, 125 hospitalizations, and 51 deaths
  • Galax: 994 cases, 74 hospitalizations, and 44 deaths
  • Giles County: 1,066 cases, 33 hospitalizations, and 12 deaths
  • Grayson County: 1,126 cases, 70 hospitalizations, and 29 deaths
  • Halifax County: 2,409 cases, 62 hospitalizations, and 59 deaths
  • Henry County: 4,170 cases, 281 hospitalizations, and 100 deaths
  • Highland County: 91 cases and 1 hospitalization
  • Lexington: 1,102 cases, 20 hospitalizations, and 20 deaths
  • Lynchburg: 6,872 cases (-2), 201 hospitalizations, and 112 deaths
  • Martinsville: 1,501 cases, 128 hospitalizations, and 53 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 7,575 cases, 147 hospitalizations, and 73 deaths (-1)
  • Nelson County: 761 cases (-1), 32 hospitalizations, and 7 deaths
  • Patrick County: 1,189 cases, 90 hospitalizations, and 34 deaths
  • Pittsylvania County: 4,733 cases164 hospitalizations, and 62 deaths
  • Pulaski County: 2,294 cases, 98 hospitalizations, and 52 deaths
  • Radford: 1,882 cases, 35 hospitalizations, and 12 deaths
  • Roanoke City: 7,495 cases, 189 hospitalizations, and 142 deaths
  • Roanoke County: 7,283 cases, 127 hospitalizations, and 101 deaths
  • Rockbridge County: 1,270 cases, 40 hospitalizations, and 33 deaths
  • Salem: 1,845 cases, 56 hospitalizations, and 40 deaths
  • Wythe County: 2,020 cases, 112 hospitalizations, and 54 deaths

***items in bold indicate new cases, hospitalizations, and/or deaths from previous day’s totals***

Since Thursday, Feb. 25, the VDH 37 new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, 24 in Roanoke county, 16 in Campbell county, 15 in Pittsylvania County, 12 in Danville, 11 in Bedford County, 11 in Roanoke City, eight in Botetourt County, eight in Franklin County, eight in Lexington, six in Pulaski County, six in Salem, five in Henry County, four in Grayson County, four in Rockbridge County, four in Wythe County, three in Appomattox County, three in Carroll County, three in Craig County, three in Galax, three in Martinsville, two in Amherst County, two in Covington, two in Floyd County, two in Halifax County, two in Highland County, one in Buena Vista, one in Charlotte County, one in Giles County, one in Patrick County, and one in Radford.

In addition, of the 234 new virus-related deaths reported on Friday, health officials say more than 30 are from the localities listed above. More specifically, five are from Henry County; four are from Bedford County; four are from Campbell County; four are from Franklin County, marking the county’s highest single-day increase in deaths; three are from Lynchburg; two are from Appomattox County; two are from Martinsville; two are from Pulaski County; one is from Alleghany County; one is from Bath County; one is from Botetourt County; one is from Charlotte County; one is from Radford; one is from Roanoke City; one is from Roanoke County; one is from Rockbridge County; one is from Rockbridge County; and one is from Salem.

However, between Thursday and Friday, the VDH reported one less death in Montgomery County, one less case in Nelson County, two less cases in Lynchburg, and four less cases in Alleghany County.

The department has reportedly received 23,978 total records of confirmed and probable virus-related hospitalizations around Virginia as of Friday, which is 107 more hospitalizations than VDH reported on Thursday.

Of these newly-reported hospitalizations from Friday, three are from Bedford County, two are from Amherst County, two are from Danville, two are from Henry County, two are from Martinsville, one is from Alleghany County, one is from Bath County, one is from Buena Vista, one is from Lynchburg, one is from Patrick County, and one is from Pittsylvania County.

Get breaking news, weather, and sports delivered to your smartphone with the WFXR News app available on Apple and Android.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

News tips

Do you have a news tip or breaking news to share with WFXR?  Submit your tip here.

Latest News

More News

News Tip Form

Senior Send Off