RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia health officials reported 5,972 new COVID-19 cases and 50 new virus-related deaths as of Wednesday, which marks the largest single-day increase in cases since Jan. 25 — as well as the fifth largest case spike of the entire pandemic — and the largest single-day increase in deaths since Oct. 19.

This brings the Commonwealth’s total coronavirus count up to 1,034,107 confirmed and probable cases and 15,224 confirmed and probable deaths.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) confirmed 755,951 cases and 12,781 deaths are related to the virus as of Wednesday, Dec. 22. However, 278,156 cases and 2,443 deaths are still reported as “probable.”

Meanwhile, the department says the seven-day testing positivity rate for all types of COVID-19 tests has increased from 9.7 percent to 10 percent over the past 24 hours.

Health officials reported 5,972 new COVID-19 cases, 136 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 50 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth between Dec. 21, 2021 and Dec. 22, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia Department of Health)

According to VDH’s Wednesday update, more than 162,000 cases have been reported from the following localities in southwest and central Virginia:

  • Alleghany County: 2,449 cases (+13), 85 hospitalizations, and 86 deaths (+1)
  • Amherst County: 4,755 cases (+20)244 hospitalizations (+3), and 62 deaths
  • Appomattox County: 2,639 cases (+4)133 hospitalizations (+2), and 37 deaths
  • Bath County: 551 cases (+4), 20 hospitalizations, and 15 deaths
  • Bedford County: 11,047 cases (+61)453 hospitalizations (+6), and 173 deaths (+1)
  • Bland County: 1,164 cases (+4), 53 hospitalizations, and 18 deaths
  • Botetourt County: 4,570 cases (+61)103 hospitalizations (+4), and 61 deaths (+1)
  • Buena Vista: 1,480 cases (+3), 36 hospitalizations, and 32 deaths
  • Campbell County: 8,055 cases (+15), 395 hospitalizations (+1), and 155 deaths (+1)
  • Carroll County: 4,623 cases (+17), 338 hospitalizations (+1), and 110 deaths (+1)
  • Charlotte County: 1,475 cases (+5), 87 hospitalizations, and 29 deaths
  • Covington: 802 cases, 33 hospitalizations, and 19 deaths
  • Craig County: 714 cases (+1)22 hospitalizations (-1), and 11 deaths
  • Danville: 6,789 cases (+40), 389 hospitalizations (+2), and 206 deaths (+1)
  • Floyd County: 1,711 cases (+4), 54 hospitalizations, and 32 deaths
  • Franklin County: 7,061 cases (+17)292 hospitalizations (+2), and 123 deaths (+2)
  • Galax: 1,727 cases (+6)140 hospitalizations (+1), and 65 deaths
  • Giles County: 2,541 cases (+6)96 hospitalizations (+1), and 36 deaths (+1)
  • Grayson County: 2,532 cases (+5), 161 hospitalizations, and 56 deaths
  • Halifax County: 4,385 cases (+20), 191 hospitalizations (+1), and 118 deaths
  • Henry County: 7,465 cases (+26), 484 hospitalizations (+1), and 198 deaths (+1)
  • Highland County: 222 cases (+2), 3 hospitalizations, and 4 deaths
  • Lexington: 1,668 cases (+1), 38 hospitalizations, and 37 deaths
  • Lynchburg: 12,571 cases (+46), 528 hospitalizations (+4), and 211 deaths (+4)
  • Martinsville: 2,320 cases (+3), 188 hospitalizations, and 95 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 12,705 cases (+28), 282 hospitalizations (+2), and 117 deaths
  • Nelson County: 1,620 cases (+13), 64 hospitalizations (+1), and 22 deaths
  • Patrick County: 2,457 cases (+7), 138 hospitalizations, and 63 deaths
  • Pittsylvania County: 8,886 cases (+31), 409 hospitalizations (+1), and 136 deaths (+1)
  • Pulaski County: 4,673 cases (+14), 234 hospitalizations (+1), and 104 deaths
  • Radford: 3,198 cases (+8), 55 hospitalizations, and 38 deaths
  • Roanoke City: 13,697 cases (+59), 333 hospitalizations, and 268 deaths
  • Roanoke County: 13,522 cases (+57)279 hospitalizations (+1), and 192 deaths (+1)
  • Rockbridge County: 2,388 cases (+10), 84 hospitalizations, and 68 deaths
  • Salem: 4,165 cases (+19)105 hospitalizations (+2), and 81 deaths
  • Wythe County: 5,033 cases (+16), 277 hospitalizations, and 116 deaths

**items in bold indicate increases or decreases in the total number of cases, hospitalizations, and/or deaths since the previous weekday**

Health officials say they have received 40,071 total records of confirmed and probable virus-related hospitalizations around Virginia as of Wednesday, which is 136 more hospitalizations than VDH reported on Tuesday, Dec. 21. This marks the largest single-day spike in the Commonwealth’s hospitalizations since Sept. 18.