Frederick, Shenandoah counties see weekend surge of new cases

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COVID-19 Coronavirus in Page County, Virginia
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By Randy Arrington

LURAY, Oct. 26 — The Virginia Department of Health reported 77 new cases of COVID-19, two hospitalizations and two deaths within the Lord Fairfax Health District over the weekend.

Frederick and Shenandoah counties have reported the bulk of new coronavirus cases since Friday — with 22 in Shenandoah, 21 in Frederick and another 19 in the City of Winchester. 

The health district’s two hospitalizations during the weekend were reported in Frederick County and Winchester, while the two deaths were reported in Shenandoah County and Winchester. Shenandoah County has now seen 61 deaths due to the pandemic, while Winchester added its fifth.

Warren County has seen its spike in new cases decline, with only nine reported since Friday. The county has not seen a new COVID-19 death in the last three days, after reporting six fatalities within four days last week. Hospitalizations have held steady in the county for five days.

Page County reported five new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, but the county has not seen a new hospitalization since Friday or a new death related to the pandemic in 12 days.

Currently, Page County’s 14-day positivity rate stands at 8.6 percent, according to School Metrics data provided on the VDH website. That still leaves Page County in the “Higher Risk” category of the CDC guidelines, along with most of the state. Neighboring Warren County and nearby Culpeper County are the only counties in the area that are listed at the “Highest Risk” level of Core Indicators.

A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 3,886 reported cases, 321 hospitalizations and 130 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):

  • 1,158 — Frederick County (83-13)
  • 963 — Shenandoah County (97-61)
  • 607 — City of Winchester (41-5)
  • 572 — Warren County (38-20)
  • 469 — Page County (49-30)
  • 117 — Clarke County (13-1)

Several indicators in the Northwest Region of Virginia show signs of decreasing numbers. Currently, the region has an overall positivity rate of 4 percent, according to VDH, and that rate has been decreasing for 47 days. The region has also seen a 14-day decline in new cases and ICU hospitalizations for COVID-19.

The City of Harrisonburg has reported 40 new cases of the coronavirus since Friday, while Rockingham County had 21. The two jurisdictions reported three hospitalizations combined over the weekend, while Rockingham also reported its 27th death due to COVID-19.

Statewide, nearly 3,000 new cases of the virus have been reported since Friday, along with 120 new hospitalizations and 42 deaths. Virginia has averaged more than 1,000 new cases per day for most of October and currently has a seven-day positivity rate of 5 percent. The state’s pandemic death toll now stands at 3,581.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Monday that 1,048 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That represents an increase of 36 since Friday and continues an upward trend since mid-October.

Among those hospitalized, 230 are currently in intensive care being treated for COVID-19 statewide, according to VHHA — a decrease of three since Friday. Currently, there are 114 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators — up one from Friday.

Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 19,583 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged. 

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