By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Aug. 31 — Harrisonburg has seen its daily count of new cases of COVID-19 continue to rise for five consecutive days.
The Virginia Department of Health reported 61 new cases of the coronavirus in Harrisonburg on Monday. That followed 45 new cases reported Sunday, 37 reported Saturday and 24 on Friday.
Rockingham County has seen a steady flow of new cases over the past week as well. However, while Rockingham has reported a total of 58 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days — the more densely populated county seat of Harrisonburg has reported 203 new cases. The influx of new cases coincides with the arrival of college students and the start of the fall semester, and it represents the biggest pandemic spike in Harrisonburg since April.
Harrisonburg also reported one new death related to the pandemic on Monday. Neither Harrisonburg nor Rockingham County have reported any new hospitalizations due to the coronavirus in the past six days.
The Lord Fairfax Health District saw seven new cases of COVID-19 reported each of the last two days. However, 12 new cases were reported on Saturday, with five each in Frederick County and Winchester. Those two localities account for 15 of the district’s 26 cases since Friday. Winchester also reported two new hospitalizations on Saturday.
Shenandoah County has added five new cases since Friday, while Clarke County has reported three. In fact, after reporting only seven new cases of COVID-19 in the first 26 days of August, Clarke County has now seen five new cases surface in the past five days. Clarke also reported its first new hospitalization in 18 days on Sunday.
Warren County reported two new cases on Sunday, but saw no new cases on Saturday and Monday. Page County has only reported one new case in the past three days — and only four new cases in the past 11 days.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 2,805 reported cases, 240 hospitalizations and 93 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 769 — Shenandoah County (80-48)
- 764 — Frederick County (56-10)
- 439 — City of Winchester (34-4)
- 391 — Warren County (22-6)
- 361 — Page County (39-25)
- 81 — Clarke County (9-0)
Statewide, 847 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday, which continues a three-day decline. New hospitalizations have been trending down for the last three days, with only 14 reported Monday.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Friday that 1,082 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is down 19 since Friday.
Among those hospitalized, 257 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — down four since Friday. Currently, there are 146 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, up 10 since Friday.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 15,085 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
VDH reported 11 more deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday. Virginia has seen 30 people died from the coronavirus in the last three days, and 2,580 since March 14.