Page, Clarke only counties in health district with no reported COVID-19 cases

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Page County, Virginia
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As of Thursday, nine cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Lord Fairfax Health District, according to the Northern Virginia Daily.

The NVD reported late Thursday that four patients have tested positive for the coronavirus in Frederick County, three in Shenandoah County and two in Warren County.

Clarke and Page are the only two remaining counties in the health district without any reported cases of the coronavirus.

“Just because you live in Clarke County or Page County doesn’t mean there isn’t any disease out there,” Dr. Colin Greene, director of the health district, told The Daily. “There is significant evidence that as many as half of the people infected don’t have any symptoms.”

On March 17 — just 10 days ago — Dr. Greene gave a presentation on the COVID-19 pandemic to the Page County Board of Supervisors.

“It hasn’t made it to the Shenandoah Valley yet,” Dr. Greene said at the time, “but it will.”

With nine cases now surfacing in the region, statewide cases has climbed to 604, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Thursday’s report stated that 6,189 people have been tested in Virginia. The state’s death toll stands at 13.

In addition to the nine cases within the health district, five cases have been reported in the City of Harrisonburg and four others in Rockingham County.

Testing across the region has ramped up over the last week, and officials are saying that will inevitably increase the number of cases.

Currently, drive-thru testing is being offered in Winchester, Woodstock and Front Royal. Those who want to be tested at these sites must present a physician referral, according to Greene.

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