Cases continue to climb, but hospitalizations remain low

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

By Randy Arrington

LURAY, April 28 — On Tuesday morning, the Virginia Department of Health reported two new cases of COVID-19 and one new hospitalization in Page County.

The Lord Fairfax Health District saw 11 new cases overnight, but only one new hospitalization (Page). The new cases were spread throughout the district: 3 – Warren; 3 – Winchester; 2 – Page; 2 – Frederick; and one in Shenandoah. Clarke County has gone five days without reporting a new case of the novel coronavirus.

While still rising, the number of COVID-19 cases seems to be stabilizing across the district. Here’s a breakdown by jurisdiction of the total number of cases reported within the health district:

  • 97 — Frederick County
  • 89 — Page County
  • 79 — Shenandoah County
  • 47 — Warren County
  • 36 — City of Winchester
  • 7 — Clarke County

Among the 355 cases reported across the health district, there have been only 36 hospitalizations and two deaths. The two deaths were reported in Shenandoah County on Saturday and Monday. The hospitalizations have been spread out mainly among Frederick (11), Shenandoah (10) and Page (10) counties.

The City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County both reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 overnight, but neither reported any new hospitalizations or deaths. Currently, the two have 622 combined reported cases, with 39 hospitalizations and 10 deaths attributed to the virus.

Across Virginia, testing was down on Monday, but the number of new COVID-19 cases hit a one-day high of 804. Only 1,573 people in the state were tested on Monday — the lowest one-day total in two weeks. However, the one-day high of new cases pushed the total over a new milestone for Virginia at 14,339.

Fairfax and Loudoun counties reported their largest single-day increases in new cases, with 276 and 60, respectively. Prince William County saw its second-highest, one-day gain in new cases at 96. A breakdown by jurisdiction of the state’s “hot spots” (in terms of total cases) is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):

  • 3,278 — Fairfax County (555-114)
  • 1,449 — Prince William County (147-20)
  • 865 — Arlington County (157-32)
  • 835 — Henrico County (120-95)
  • 688 — Loudoun County (84-12)
  • 653 — Alexandria (82-20)
  • 488 — Chesterfield County (40-19)
  • 359 — Virginia Beach (76-12)

There were 99 new hospitalizations reported across the state on Monday. That figure is fairly consistent with daily hospitalizations reported over the last 11 days in Virginia.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 1,914 people in Virginia who had confirmed cases of COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.

Currently, there are 1,508 patients in Virginia hospitals who have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results, according to VHHA. Among them, 376 are in intensive care and 217 are on ventilators.

The most alarming stat reported by VDH on Monday morning was the death toll, which increased by 34 overnight — the third-highest, single-day death toll Virginia has seen from COVID-19. On April 15, 41 deaths were reported, and on April 24, there were 38.

The 9 a.m. daily updates from VDH include all data submitted by hospitals, healthcare facilities and laboratories by 5 p.m. the previous day.

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