By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Aug. 3 — The Virginia Department of Health reported 1,324 new cases of COVID-19 statewide on Monday. That figure follows a recent peak of 1,505 new cases reported one week ago on July 27. The daily reports between those two peaks had remained below 1,000 until Monday.
The Commonwealth saw its highest peak of new cases on May 25-26, when the state health department reported 1,483 and 1,615 new cases of the coronavirus on two consecutive days.
New hospitalizations rose by 63 statewide on Monday. That’s the highest figure since 80 were reported on Friday. The weekend saw 44 new hospitalizations reported Saturday and 45 on Sunday.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Monday that 1,205 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That statewide hospitalization figure is down 129 since Friday.
Among those hospitalized, 271 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — down eight since Friday. Currently, there are 151 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, up six since Friday.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia in mid-February, VHHA reports that 12,255 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
The state health department reported no new deaths related to COVID-19 on Monday. That’s the first time zero deaths has been included in the daily VDH report since July 6. Pandemic deaths spiked on Friday and Saturday, with 33 and 41 reported, respectively. However, only three COVID-19 deaths were reported in Virginia on Sunday.
As the state sees a spike in new cases, the Lord Fairfax Health District has only reported 37 new cases of the coronavirus since Friday, with the bulk of those new cases in Frederick (19) and Shenandoah (14) counties. Frederick County also reported the district’s only new deaths, with two on Saturday. Prior to Shenandoah County also reporting two deaths on Friday, the health district had not reported a COVID-19 death in nine days.
Page County has seen one new case of COVID-19 surface each of the past three days, with no new hospitalizations in nine days and no new deaths related to the pandemic reported in 11 days. Over the past seven days, Page County has only reported three cases among 130 tests administered for COVID-19, resulting in a seven-day positivity rate of 2.3 percent.
Both Clarke and Warren counties have gone three days without a new case, hospitalization or death. In fact, Warren County had one previous hospitalization and one previous death attributed to COVID-19 determined not to be the coronavirus, so it was subtracted from their cumulative totals.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 2,493 reported cases, 216 hospitalizations and 85 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 681 — Shenandoah County (70-42)
- 670 — Frederick County (50-9)
- 392 — City of Winchester (31-4)
- 348 — Warren County (22-6)
- 333 — Page County (36-24)
- 69 — Clarke County (7-0)