19 deaths now attributed to COVID-19

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By Randy Arrington

LURAY, May 21 — Page County saw two more deaths reported on Thursday related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but only one is attributed to an outbreak at a local nursing home.

The Virginia Department of Health now reports a total of 19 deaths related to the novel coronavirus in Page County, along with 19 hospitalizations. 

Jill Irby, the administrator of Skyview Springs Rehab and Nursing Center in Luray, confirmed on Thursday that the facility has now seen 18 fatalities attributed to COVID-19 — one more than was reported on Tuesday. At least one resident of Skyview remains hospitalized at Winchester Medical Center.

Irby stated that 94 residents at the Luray nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was discovered on April 21. However, many of those residents have been asymptomatic. (See related story posted today.)

There has been no further information provided about the additional fatality in the county reported by VDH on Thursday morning.

Only one new case of COVID-19 has surfaced in Page in the last two days. The last five days have only produced eight new cases, and there have been no new hospitalizations reported in the county since May 13. 

The Lord Fairfax Health District surpassed 1,000 cases on Thursday, with 32 new cases of the virus reported overnight. Frederick County saw 11 new cases, while Shenandoah reported 10. Among those new cases there were only two new hospitalizations in the district (Frederick and Shenandoah), and two new deaths (Page).

A breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 1,005 total cases is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):

  • 355 — Shenandoah County (34-12)
  • 245 — Frederick County (20-3)
  • 166 — Page County (19-19)
  • 110 — Warren County (11-2)
  • 110 — City of Winchester (7-1)
  • 19 — Clarke County (2-0)

Both Harrisonburg and Rockingham County reported 20 new cases each overnight, with a total of 10 new hospitalizations. Rockingham also reported one new death related to COVID-19.

Statewide, the 1,229 new cases of the coronavirus reported on Thursday marked the single, biggest one-day increase since the pandemic reached Virginia in mid-February (first case reported March 7).

Fairfax County — the epicenter of Virginia’s outbreaks — also saw its highest number of new cases in a single day, with 417 reported on Thursday morning. Since mid-March, Fairfax has reported a total of 8,580 cases of COVID-19, with 1,165 hospitalizations (32 new today) and 309 deaths (seven new).

Below is a breakdown by jurisdiction of the Virginia localities with more than 500 total cases in Virginia (hospitalizations – deaths):

  • 8,580 — Fairfax County (1,165-309)
  • 4,183 — Prince William County (408-79)
  • 1,763 — Arlington County (346-89)
  • 1,700 — Loudoun County (147-49)
  • 1,627 — Alexandria (171-37)
  • 1,339 — Henrico County (174-114)
  • 1,132 — Chesterfield County (71-29)
  • 888 — City of Richmond (123-20)
  • 709 — Accomack County (40-11)
  • 584 — Virginia Beach (87-19)
  • 540 — Stafford County (65-4)
  • 526 — Culpeper County (43-5)

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported on Thursday that 1,491 people (down 45 from yesterday) are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. Among those hospitalized, 351 are in intensive care (down 19 from yesterday) and 191 are on ventilators (down 11).

Since the pandemic began, VHHA also reports that 4,778 people have been discharged from state hospitals after being confirmed and treated for COVID-19.

VDH reported another 25 deaths in Virginia related to the pandemic on Thursday. That brings the state’s total to 1,099 fatalities since the first COVID-19 death was reported on March 14.

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