Continuing a downward trend of new COVID-19 cases in schools, Lynchburg-area school divisions reported only eight new cases of the virus this week.
Together, Lynchburg City Schools and public schools in the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson have reported 942 positive cases of COVID-19 since their school years began.
As of Friday, Virginia has seen 622,339 cumulative cases of COVID-19 — an increase of 1,538 since Thursday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Lynchburg City Schools reported no new cases of COVID-19 this week. This week, 23 students and staff members entered quarantine as a result of potential exposure. The division has reported 188 cases since the beginning of the school year.
Bedford County Public Schools reported five new cases of the virus this week. One case each was reported at Otter River, Montvale and Boonsboro elementary schools. Two cases were reported at Jefferson Forest High School.
The division has reported 468 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the school year.
Campbell County Public Schools reported one new case of the virus this week at Rustburg High School, bringing its total number of cases reported since the beginning of the school year to 147.
As of Friday afternoon, Amherst County Public Schools reported two new cases of COVID-19 this week — one at Monelison Middle School and one at the Amherst Education Center. The division has reported 113 cases since the beginning of the school year.
Nelson County Public Schools had not reported any new cases of the virus this week as of Friday afternoon. The division, which first reopened for some in-person learning last month, has reported 26 cases of the virus since the beginning of the school year.
As of Friday, Lynchburg-area colleges together reported 47 active cases of COVID-19 on their campuses.
Liberty University reported 39 total active cases Friday — 26 among students and 13 among faculty and staff.
The University of Lynchburg reported three cases and five active quarantines.
Sweet Briar College in Amherst County reported five active cases of the virus Friday, four of which were among on-campus individuals.
Central Virginia Community College has not reported a positive case of the virus since February.
Randolph College reported no active cases of COVID-19 on Friday, but said two employees were in quarantine.
On Friday, VDH reported the state has seen 26,609 COVID-19-related hospitalizations and 10,279 COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.