By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Nov. 17 — The Lord Fairfax Health District reported its highest one-day total for new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Of the 113 new coronavirus cases reported across the district this morning by the Virginia Department of Health, 59 were in Frederick County.
Just three days after the health district set a new record with 80 cases of COVID-19 reported on Sunday, the district surpassed 100 cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic hit the region in March.
Frederick County had only reported more than 20 cases in a single day on two occasions before November — May 27 (24) and May 28 (23). However, Frederick has seen six of the last 13 days generate more than 20 new cases of the virus, including the county’s highest one-day total of 59 on Tuesday. The county also reported one new hospitalization this morning.
Shenandoah County reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, along with one hospitalization and the county’s 62nd fatality due to the pandemic. This was the only COVID-19 death reported in the district over the last four days.
The City of Winchester reported 17 new cases on Tuesday, while Warren County had 11 and Clarke County five.
Page County has seen the slowest spread of the virus over the past few days, with only three new cases of COVID-19 surfacing in the last four days. Page did report a hospitalization on Monday, but the county has not seen a new death related to the pandemic since Oct. 28.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 4,941 reported cases, 393 hospitalizations and 139 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 1,558 — Frederick County (106-16)
- 1,119 — Shenandoah County (111-62)
- 789 — City of Winchester (48-4)
- 708 — Warren County (51-24)
- 527 — Page County (58-31)
- 160 — Clarke County (19-2)
COVID-19 cases rose dramatically in both Harrisonburg and Rockingham County on Tuesday, hitting it highest levels for November in both localities. After only reporting nine cases in the previous two days, Harrisonburg saw 35 cases surface on Tuesday. Rockingham reported 27 cases this morning, after having 17 in the two days prior. While there were no new hospitalizations reported, Rockingham did report two new deaths bringing the county’s total pandemic death toll to 31. Harrisonburg reported a COVID-19 death on Sunday, its first since Oct. 8.
Statewide, 2,125 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday. Virginia has only surpassed 2,000 cases in a single day on four occasions — three of those have occurred in November, including the last two consecutive days.
Currently, Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate stands at 7.4 percent. The positivity rate has climbed steadily since mid-October, when it stood at 4.5 percent.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported on Tuesday that 1,392 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That’s the highest level since May 31. It also represents an increase of 55 from yesterday, and an increase of 218 in the past week.
Among those hospitalized, 272 are currently in intensive care being treated for COVID-19 statewide, according to VHHA — up nine from yesterday and an increase of 48 in the past week. Currently, there are 103 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators — down 15 from yesterday, and down three from a week ago.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 22,466 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
On Tuesday, the state health department reported 29 new deaths from the novel coronavirus — the highest one-day toll in the state since Sept. 23. Since March 14, a total of 3,835 people in Virginia have died from COVID-19.