By Randy Arrington
LURAY, April 12 — Page County reported only 14 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, while another 687 vaccinations were administered to county residents in the last seven days.
Page County’s seven-day positivity rate for the coronavirus has reached a low not seen in more than six months at 2.8 percent. Over the weekend the rate stood at 1.8 percent, before eight of the week’s 14 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Saturday and Sunday by the Virginia Department of Health.
Despite the new cases, Page County has not reported a new hospitalization from the virus in 15 days, and the last local death related to the pandemic was reported on March 17. Nine of the 14 new cases in the county surfaced in the Luray area (22835), according to ZIP code data provided by VDH.
The Lord Fairfax Health District continues to report between 25 to 75 new cases of COVID-19 each day, with 10 new hospitalizations and two deaths reported in the past week. Shenandoah County reported both deaths — its 128th on Wednesday and the 129th in today’s report.
A total of 10,670 COVID vaccinations have been administered in Page County as of Monday, with 6,579 receiving at least one dose (27.4 percent of the population) and 4,516 now fully vaccinated (18.8 percent). The number of county residents with at least one dose of the vaccine increased by 393 over the past week, while the number of fully vaccinated residents grew by 340.
Across the state, nearly 4.8 million doses of the COVID vaccine has been administered, with more than 3.1 million receiving at least one dose (36.6 percent of the statewide population) and over 1.8 million fully vaccinated (21.3 percent). Currently, Virginia is averaging 74,909 doses of the vaccine being administered each day.
The commonwealth’s seven-day positivity rate has remained steady over the last three days at 6.1 percent, after standing at 6.4 percent a week ago.
Although the state’s pandemic death toll had slowed to less than 20 per day for the last five days straight, Virginia reported 126 COVID-related deaths over the past week. Since March 14, 2020, the state has reported 10,486 deaths due to the pandemic.
Governor Ralph Northam announced earlier this month 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.