14th COVID-19 case reported in Page County

Breaking News on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Page County, Virginia
Page Valley News will have continuing coverage of the Coronavirus' impact on Page County

By Randy Arrington

LURAY, April 20 — The Lord Fairfax Health District only reported three new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, but one of those was in Page County.

The Virginia Department of Health has reported a total of eight new cases in Page County in the last five days, bringing the total to 14. Page reported its first case on March 31.

Neither the VDH nor regional healthcare provider Valley Health will release any further information about those who have contracted COVID-19 in Page County due to privacy laws.

Shenandoah County reported two new cases of the coronavirus Monday morning. None of the other jurisdictions within the health district reported a new case over the weekend — not even Frederick County, who has the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district at 81.

As of Monday morning, the total number of COVID-19 cases within the health district breaks down as follows:

  • 81 — Frederick County
  • 41 — Shenandoah County
  • 25 — City of Winchester
  • 24 — Warren County
  • 14 — Page County
  • 6 — Clarke County

Among the 191 cases spread across the northern Shenandoah Valley, only 18 patients have been hospitalized — all at Winchester Medical Center. A total of 2,248 people have been tested within the health district.

The VDH updates its COVID-19 statistics each morning by 9 a.m. Those figures reflect data provided by hospitals, healthcare facilities and independent laboratories as of 5 p.m. the previous day.

The City of Harrisonburg reported 19 news cases of the virus over the weekend. A wave of new cases cropped up last week in the Friendly City as an outbreak of COVID-19 was discovered at Accordius Health on South Avenue. The 97-bed facility has reported that 81 residents and 12 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Of the remaining residents, three tested negative and 14 declined to be tested and were “presumed” to have the virus in order to help control the spread. At least two people have died from the coronavirus at the facility in the last week.

Harrisonburg continues to be the regional “hot spot” in the Shenandoah Valley, with a total of 252 cases reported. Another 106 cases have been reported in Rockingham County.

Fairfax County continues to be the “hot spot” for the entire state, as 292 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the last two days. COVID-19 cases in Northern Virginia breaks down as follows (as of Sunday):

  • 1,925 — Fairfax County
  • 793 — Prince William County
  • 593 — Arlington
  • 446 — Loudoun County
  • 421 — Alexandria

New cases in the Richmond-area continue to grow with a total of 1,165 between Henrico and Chesterfield counties, and the City of Richmond. That represents the second-biggest cluster of outbreaks in the state. In fact, Henrico County recently became the third-highest county total of COVID-19 cases in Virginia at 598, behind only Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Statewide, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Virginia continued to climb each day over the past week:

  • April 13 — 473 new cases reported in Virginia
  • April 14 — 424 new cases reported
  • April 15 — 329 new cases
  • April 16 — 389
  • April 17 — 602
  • April 18 — 562
  • April 19 — 484
  • April 20 — 453

More than 2,000 people are being tested each day for COVID-19 in Virginia, with a running total of 56,735 tests administered statewide. Among those have been 1,500 hospitalizations, up 204 over the weekend.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Monday morning that among those hospitalizations, 396 patients in the state are in intensive care and 237 are on ventilators. Only 22 percent of the ventilators in the state are in use, and there are 5,961 hospital beds available statewide.

The VHHA also reported that as on April 19, there have been 1,324 COVID-19 patients in Virginia that have been hospitalized and released.

The VDH now reports a total of 139 outbreaks of COVID-19 in Virginia, with 77 at long-term care facilities, 17 at healthcare facilities and 13 at correctional centers.

Virginia’s death toll rose by 42 over the weekend, to a total of 300. That figure has doubled in one week. 

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