By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Jan. 11 — The Virginia Department of Health reported only three new cases of COVID-19 in Page County on Monday. However, that followed 18 new cases of the virus reported on Saturday, and 19 on Sunday.
Yet, despite seeing 40 new cases of the coronavirus surface since Friday, Page County has not reported a new hospitalization or death in the past five days.
Page County’s seven-day positivity rate stands at 20.6 percent, according to Daily Locality Metrics data provided on the VDH website. That rate, while fluctuating, has remained around 20 percent since Dec. 22.
According to ZIP code data provided by VDH, the new cases of COVID-19 reported since Friday in Page County surfaced in the following areas (total case count on ZIP code report may not always match county’s daily report):
• 23 cases — Luray area (22835);
• 13 cases — Stanley area (22851);
• 6 cases — Shenandoah area (22849).
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported 106 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with another 262 reported over the weekend. Frederick County once again lead the health district in new cases over the last three days with 150, while Shenandoah County reported 95, Winchester had 39 and Warren saw 27.
The health district has reported five hospitalizations and six deaths since Friday. All six deaths were reported on Saturday, with at least one in every locality within the health district except Page County. Frederick County reported two fatalities related to the pandemic.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 12,071 reported cases, 548 hospitalizations and 204 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 4,397 — Frederick County (152-35)
- 2,614 — Shenandoah County (149-76)
- 1,829 — City of Winchester (79-17)
- 1,555 — Warren County (70-36)
- 1,222 — Page County (76-34)
- 454 — Clarke County (22-6)
Both Harrisonburg and Rockingham County have maintained a high case count over the past four days. Since Friday, Harrisonburg has reported 182 new cases of COVID-19, while Rockingham has reported 239 new cases. During that time, the city has reported three new hospitalizations and one new death, while the county has seen seven hospitalizations and no deaths.
Statewide, 4,530 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday, marking a second day of declines from Saturday’s new state record of 5,798 new cases reported in a single day.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate has remained steady over the last six days and currently stands at 16.7 percent.
With 264 new hospitalizations reported since Friday, statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 reached a record-high 3,117 on Monday, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.
Among those patients, 571 are being treated in intensive care units — a new record-high for the pandemic. Among those, 352 are currently on ventilators — up four since Saturday.
Across Virginia, 35 percent of all ventilators are in use, and the state’s ICU bed occupancy is currently 82 percent.
As of Monday morning, 174,153 people in Virginia had been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, among the 560,400 doses (including Moderna and Pfizer vaccines) that have been distributed to facilities and agencies across the state. A total of 15,130 people in Virginia have been fully vaccinated.
The state health department has reported 12 deaths related to the pandemic in the last two days, which marks a drop-off from the 69 reported on Saturday. A total of 5,393 people in Virginia have died from COVID-19 since March 14 — 573 since Christmas.
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