By Randy Arrington
LURAY, April 5 — Over the past week, 760 people in Page County received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 137 were administered their second dose. That brings the county’s vaccination totals to 6,186 who have had at least one dose (about 25.7 percent of the population) and 4,176 who are fully vaccinated (about 17.4 percent). A total of 9,983 vaccines have been administered to Page County residents.
Across Virginia, more than 4.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with over 2.8 million receiving at least one dose (32.8 percent of the state population) and more than 1.5 million now fully vaccinated (18.1 percent). The commonwealth is currently averaging 77,879 doses of the vaccine going into arms each day.
Here’s a breakdown of vaccinations administered across the Lord Fairfax Health District:
• Frederick County — 23,337 administered first dose, with 15,341 fully vaccinated;
• Shenandoah County — 12,786 given first dose, with 8,844 fully vaccinated;
• Warren County — 9,269 received first dose, with 5,882 fully vaccinated;
• City of Winchester — 8,286 administered first dose, with 4,988 fully vaccinated;
• Page County — 6,186 have had first does, with 4,176 fully vaccinated;
• Clarke County — 4,610 given first dose, with 3,134 fully vaccinated.
In the last seven days, the Virginia Department of Health has only reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 in Page County, but nine of those were reported on Saturday. No new cases were reported in the last two days. The past week saw no new hospitalizations in Page due to the virus, and the county has not reported a pandemic death since March 17.
Page County’s seven-day positivity rate is currently 4.8 percent. That’s down slightly from 6.3 percent on Friday — the highest positivity rate the county has seen in nearly a month.
During the past week, the Lord Fairfax Health District saw a high of 67 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Friday and a low of 28 on Sunday. The health district reported 13 hospitalizations in the last seven days and two deaths related to the coronavirus virus. On Thursday, Frederick County reported its 95th pandemic death, while Clarke County reported its 19th on Sunday.
Statewide, Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate has held at 6.4 percent over the past three days. That’s a slight increase after the positivity rate remained below 6 percent for most of March. It reached a height of 16.8 percent in early January. The state continues to report more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reports that 1,028 state residents are currently hospitalized from COVID-19. That figure has trended down slightly over the last three days, but has been relatively steady for nearly three weeks. As of Monday, 257 people in Virginia were in ICU due to the coronavirus, while 133 were on ventilators. Both figures were fairly steady throughout March.
Although the state’s pandemic death toll had slowed to less than 20 per day, Virginia reported 73 COVID-related deaths in the last two days. Since March 14, 2020, the state has reported 10,360 deaths due to COVID-19.
The Lord Fairfax Health District announced on March 19 that it is expanding vaccination registration to include all people who fall into Virginia’s Phase 1c including other essential workers in energy, water, wastewater and waste removal, housing and construction, food service, transportation and logistics, institutions of higher learning, finance, information technology and communications, media, legal services, public safety and public health. All phases are identified in detail at www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.
Governor Ralph Northam announced on Thursday that Virginia’s vaccination centers will be open to all adults in the state beginning April 18.
Vaccines are available by pre-registration and appointment. To pre-register, or to update your pre-registration record, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682). English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available. Translation services also are available, in more than 100 languages. For TTY, dial 7-1-1.
Valley Health is administering COVID-19 vaccinations at four clinics — Winchester, Front Royal, Woodstock and Luray. To register, visit www.valleyhealthlink.com/c19vaccinations.
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