By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Oct. 20 — The Virginia Department of Health has reported six deaths due to COVID-19 over the past week in the Lord Fairfax Health District. Four of those fatalities were reported on Tuesday morning.
Warren County has seen four of the district’s six deaths reported in the last week, with three reported on Tuesday and one last Thursday. Warren has now seen 17 pandemic deaths, with 10 of those reported in October.
Shenandoah County reported its 60th COVID-19 death on Tuesday, while Page County saw its 30th fatality due to the virus reported last Wednesday. The pandemic death toll within the health district has now reached 125.
The state health department reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 within the health district on Tuesday, with a total of 113 new cases in the last four days. Frederick County has reported 39 of those cases since Friday, while Winchester added another 19. Shenandoah County saw 28 new cases during that time, and Warren had 15.
Page County reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and has seen 10 new cases since Friday. ZIP code data provided by the state health department shows that new cases in Page are still cropping up all across the county with no concentration in a particular area. On Tuesday, the Rileyville area (ZIP code 22650) added its first new case since Sept. 23.
According to the School Metrics portion of the data available on the VDH website, Page County currently has a 14-day positivity rate of 7.2 percent. The statewide map in this section of the website shows Page County — and the majority of the state — with an overall rating of “Moderate Risk” which takes several key metrics into consideration. Shenandoah County and the City of Harrisonburg are the only localities in the region listed at “Highest Risk” — a designation currently centered around counties in Southside Virginia. Bland County, in the southwest portion of the state, is the only county in the state listed at the “Lowest Risk.”
The local health district has seen six new hospitalizations over the past seven days, with four in Frederick County and one each in Page and Shenandoah counties.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 3,708 reported cases, 309 hospitalizations and 125 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 1,107 — Frederick County (78-13)
- 930 — Shenandoah County (96-60)
- 568 — City of Winchester (40-4)
- 529 — Warren County (35-17)
- 459 — Page County (48-30)
- 115 — Clarke County (12-1)
Both Harrisonburg and Rockingham County saw a decrease in new cases on Tuesday, with only three reported in the Friendly City and two in the county. That’s the lowest single day total for both localities combined since Aug. 20. There has only been one new hospitalization between the two jurisdictions in the past four days. However, Rockingham County reported three new COVID-19 deaths over the weekend.
Statewide, 926 new cases of the coronavirus were reported on Tuesday. After showing a slight decline in late September, new cases of COVID-19 have been rising in October, averaging about 1,000 per day over the past two weeks.
Currently, Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate stands at 4.8 percent, slightly down from yesterday’s rate of 5 percent.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Tuesday that 937 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is the lowest it’s been in the past week and represents a decline of 35 from the previous day.
Among those hospitalized, 194 are currently in intensive care being treated for COVID-19, according to VHHA — a decrease of 16 since yesterday. Currently, there are 98 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators — up 17 from yesterday.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 19,170 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
The state health department reported 28 new COVID-19 deaths statewide on Tuesday. That figure is slightly higher with Virginia seeing 77 fatalities due to the pandemic in the past four days. Since March 14, Virginia has reported a total of 3,485 deaths due to the coronavirus.