WATCH: Central Shenandoah Health District shares COVID-19 update, tips to reduce virus spread


STAUNTON, Va. (WFXR) — The Central Shenandoah Health District hosted a virtual news conference Thursday afternoon to review the state of the coronavirus in the health district, including current case counts, vaccine distribution plans, and mask recommendations.

Dr. Laura Kornegay — the director of the Central Shenandoah Health District — also reviewed effective steps all community members can take to combat the rising spread of the delta variant, such as mitigation practices in public schools.

This briefing comes after the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since mid-February on Thursday, Aug. 12, as well as the largest single-day increase in virus-related hospitalizations since late March on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

The VDH says 99 of those new cases and four of those new hospitalizations are from the following localities in the Central Shenandoah Health District:

  • Augusta County: 57 new cases
  • Bath County: Zero new cases
  • Buena Vista: Two new cases
  • Harrisonburg: Five new cases and one new hospitalization
  • Highland County: Zero new cases
  • Lexington: Four new cases
  • Rockbridge County: Four new cases
  • Rockingham County: 16 new cases and two new hospitalizations
  • Staunton: Five new cases and one new hospitalization
  • Waynesboro: Six new cases

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