Lynchburg-area school divisions reported nine new cases of the virus this week, down from 22 new cases the week before.
Together, Lynchburg City Schools and public schools in the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson have reported 984 positive cases of COVID-19 since their school years began.
As of Friday, Virginia has reported 659,590 cumulative cases of COVID-19 — an increase of 1,249 since Thursday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
Lynchburg City Schools reported five new cases of COVID-19 this week. Additionally, 13 students and staff entered quarantine this week because of potential exposure. The division has reported 209 cases of the virus since the beginning of the school year.
Bedford County Public Schools reported four new cases of COVID-19 this week. One case each was reported at Liberty High School, Forest Elementary School and Jefferson Forest High School. One case was reported among an individual in the Bedford Connects Remote Learning academy.
The division has reported 483 positive cases since the beginning of the school year.
Campbell County Public Schools, Amherst County Public Schools and Nelson County Public Schools did not report any new cases of the virus this week. These divisions have reported 149, 116 and 27 cases of the virus since the beginning of the school year, respectively.
Lynchburg-area colleges reported 63 active cases of the virus as of Friday.
Liberty University reported 61 total active cases among its students, faculty and staff, when its COVID-19 dashboard last was updated Wednesday.
Sweet Briar College reported Friday two active cases of COVID-19 among its student body.
The University of Lynchburg and Randolph College reported no active cases of the virus among students and staff Friday.
Central Virginia Community College last reported a new case of the virus April 19.
On Friday, VDH reported 28,443 COVID-19-related hospitalizations and 10,770 COVID-19-related deaths in the state since the pandemic began in March 2020.