By Randy Arrington
LURAY, May 10 — As warm weather begins to settle in and vaccinations continue to be administered, COVID-19 data continues to decline. On Monday, Virginia reported only 336 new cases of coronavirus, while the local health district saw just 13 and Page County reported two. The state’s positivity rate is the lowest since September, the health district has only seen two COVID-related deaths in May, and Page County hasn’t reported a pandemic fatality since St. Patrick’s Day.
The Virginia Department of Health reported a total 18 new cases of coronavirus in Page County over the past week, along with one hospitalization. The county’s seven-day positivity rate currently stands at 7.8 percent, after reaching a seven-day high of 8.9 percent on Sunday. The low for the week was Wednesday’s 4.3 percent.
A total of 637 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in Page County over the past week (up from 611 the previous week), with the number of residents receiving at least one dose growing by 213 (down from 226) and the number of fully vaccinated residents increasing 447 (up from 401). As of Monday’s report by VDH, a cumulative total of 13,855 vaccinations have been given locally, with 7,811 people receiving at least one dose (32.7 percent of the population) and 6,557 have been fully vaccinated (27.4 percent).
A breakdown of the six jurisdictions within the Lord Fairfax Health District shows that Page County lags behind in the percentage of its population that has been vaccinated:
• 46% — with at least one dose, Clarke County (37% fully vaccinated);
• 43.2% — with one dose, Winchester (30.9% fully);
• 39.3% — with one dose, Shenandoah County (31.4% fully);
• 38.1% — with one dose, Frederick County (29.1% fully);
• 35.3% — with one dose, Warren County (25.4% fully);
• 32.7% — with one dose, Page County (27.4% fully).
On Monday, the Lord Fairfax Health District reported only 13 new cases of COVID-19. Frederick County continues to lead the health district in new cases with 75 over the past week. The district reported 17 new hospitalizations in the last seven days, but only one COVID-related fatality. Shenandoah County reported its 131st pandemic death on Friday.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate currently stands at 4.3 percent, compared to 4.6 percent a week ago. The commonwealth’s daily case count has remained below 1,000 for 10 consecutive days. Statewide hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are at the lowest point in over a year.
However, the state still reported 95 deaths related to the virus over the last week — and a total of 10,902 in the past 14 months.
Across the state, nearly 6.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with more than 4 million receiving at least one dose (47.1 percent of the statewide population) and more than 3 million fully vaccinated (35.1 percent). Currently, Virginia is averaging 54,462 doses of the vaccine being administered each day — a decline from last Monday’s 69,526 and the previous week’s 74,315.
Vaccines are available by pre-registration and appointment. To pre-register, or to update your pre-registration record, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682). English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available. Translation services also are available, in more than 100 languages. For TTY, dial 7-1-1.
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