By Randy Arrington
LURAY, June 18 — Since Monday, the Virginia Department of Health has reported seven new cases of COVID-19 in Page County.
No new cases were reported on Wednesday, but VDH showed four new cases on Tuesday and three new cases on Tuesday. Those new cases brings Page County’s cumulative total to 259 since the first cases of the novel coronavirus was reported on March 31.
According to ZIP code data provided by VDH, the new cases that have cropped up since Monday have been concentrated in the Shenandoah and Stanley areas. Among the four new cases on Tuesday, three were in the Stanley area, and one each in Luray and Shenandoah. The three cases on Thursday saw two in Shenandoah and one in Stanley. A ZIP code breakdown of cases and testing (as of June 18) follows:
- 22835 (Luray) — 152 cases, 536 tests, 28.4% positivity rate;
- 22851 (Stanley) — 70 cases, 202 tests, 34.7% positivity rate;
- 22849 (Shenandoah) — 33 cases, 213 tests, 15.5% positivity rate.
The 22650 (Rileyville) ZIP code data has once again been suppressed by VDH because of the low number of cases and the size of the community. The state takes precautions to protect patients’ privacy by suppressing certain data. The last report made public for the 22650 ZIP code showed five cases of COVID-19, with 14 tests administered. While the number of cases remains suppressed, the number of tests administered has risen to 17.
Despite the new cases, Page County has not seen a new hospitalization from COVID-19 in the past five days. There has not been a pandemic related fatality in the county since June 2.
The Lord Fairfax Health District has seen 54 new cases of COVID-19 since Monday, with 22 of those reported on Thursday morning. However, there have only been two new hospitalizations in the health district this week — cone in Frederick County on Tuesday and one in Shenandoah County on Wednesday. Shenandoah County also reported the district’s on COVID-19 death this week on Tuesday.
There have been 149 hospitalized and 62 dead from the pandemic since it hit the region in mid-March. A breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 1,786 total cases of COVID-19 is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 530 — Shenandoah County (52-27)
- 444 — Frederick County (31-4)
- 276 — City of Winchester (19-3)
- 259 — Page County (28-24)
- 234 — Warren County (15-4)
- 43 — Clarke County (4-0)
Harrisonburg has reported 14 new cases since Monday, while Rockingham County has had 12. However, among the 26 new cases, only three patients were hospitalized and no deaths. Harrisonburg has not reported a new pandemic death since May 28. Rockingham had its last virus-related fatality on June 10.
Statewide, 463 new cases were reported on Thursday. There have been 1,352 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Virginia since Monday, with 156 new hospitalizations. However, the total number of COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized continues to decline.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Thursday that 857 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is down 81 from yesterday. Among those hospitalized, 241 are in intensive care, down eight from yesterday and down 28 since Monday; and 129 are on ventilators, up nine since Monday.
Since the pandemic began, VHHA also reports that 7,493 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
VDH reported only three new deaths related to the pandemic on Thursday. There have been 34 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia since Monday, bringing the total statewide to 1,586 since March 14.