Frederick County still showing steady flow of new cases; rest of district calm

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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, Aug. 24 — The Virginia Department of Health reported six new cases of COVID-19 in Frederick County on Monday morning. The only other jurisdiction within the health district to report a new case on Monday was Shenandoah County, with one.

Since Friday, the Lord Fairfax Health District has reported a total of 40 new cases of the coronavirus, with half of those in Frederick County. Shenandoah County reported nine new cases of COVID-19 and Warren County had eight during that period. Clarke and Page counties, along with the City for Winchester, only saw one new case surface over the last three days.

The six jurisdictions within the health district have not reported a new hospitalization due to the pandemic in five days, and no new deaths related to the coronavirus in the last nine days.

A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 2,752 reported cases, 235 hospitalizations and 92 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):

  • 759 — Shenandoah County (79-47)
  • 744 — Frederick County (55-10)
  • 429 — City of Winchester (32-4)
  • 386 — Warren County (22-6)
  • 358 — Page County (39-25)
  • 76 — Clarke County (8-0)

Page County has not seen a new hospitalization in eight days, and no new deaths from the pandemic reported in the last 15 days. In the past seven days, there have been 65 tests administered for COVID-19 on Page County residents. Among those, only five came back positive for the novel coronavirus, resulting in a seven-day positivity rate of 7.7 percent. That’s more than double last Monday’s 3.6-percent seven-day positivity rate; however, there were 194 tests conducted that week (compared to 65) with only seven positive cases (compared to five).

A cumulative breakdown of cases and testing by ZIP code in Page County (as of Monday, Aug. 24) is as follows:

  • 22835 ZIP code (Luray area) — 181 cases; 1,258 tests — overall positivity rate of 14.4 percent.
  • 22851 ZIP code (Stanley area) — 98 cases; 593 tests — overall positivity rate of 16.5 percent.
  • 22849 ZIP code (Shenandoah area) — 73 cases; 621 tests — overall positivity rate of 11.5 percent.
  • 22650 ZIP code (Rileyville area) — 5 cases; 54 tests — overall positivity rate of 9.1 percent.

The City of Harrisonburg has added 28 new cases of COVID-19 in the past four days, while Rockingham County reported 13. However, Harrisonburg has not seen a new hospitalization in six days and no new deaths in 17 days. Rockingham has not added a hospitalization in four days, and no new deaths in 11 days.

Statewide, 664 new cases of COVID were reported by VDH on Monday. That continues a two-day decline since hitting 1,212 new cases on Saturday. Virginia’s daily new case count has remained under 1,000 for 13 of the last 16 days. Four of the first eight days of August surpassed the 1,000-case threshold statewide.

New hospitalizations across the state have declined steadily over the past week, and the state health department only reported four new deaths related to the pandemic on Monday. However, a total of 44 COVID-19 patients in Virginia have died over the past four days, with 24 deaths being reported on Sunday. That brings Virginia’s pandemic death toll to 2,471 since March 14.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Monday that 1,127 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is down 126 over the past week.

Among those hospitalized, 256 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — down 44 in the last seven days. Currently, there are 134 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, down 29 since last Tuesday.

Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 14,482 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.

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