By Randy Arrington
LURAY, March 7 — New cases of COVID-19 being reported in Page County have dropped dramatically since peaking at a weekly high of 304 about seven weeks ago with a positivity rate that reached 43.5 percent. This past week, just over a dozen cases of the virus were reported along with the lowest positivity rate since July.
The Virginia Department of Health has reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 in Page County over the past seven days. There were 30 cases reported the previous week and 47 cases the week prior to that. There were seven hospitalizations related to the virus reported in the county over the past week, but no deaths.
Page County’s current seven-day positivity rate stands at 4 percent. Last Monday, the rate was reported at 6.5 percent, and the week prior to that it was 15.4 percent.
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported 195 new cases of COVID-19 over the last seven days, down from 268 the previous week and 539 the week prior to that. Every locality within the health district reported fewer new cases this week and positivity rates in the single digits. The highest positivity rate within the health district was reported in the City of Winchester at 9.3 percent.
The health district also reported 28 hospitalizations related to COVID over the past seven days (21 the previous week) and nine related deaths (16 last week). Both Frederick and Warren counties reported three COVID-related deaths, while Winchester had two and Clarke County reported one.
Over the past week, Virginia has averaged 1,177 new cases of COVID-19 per day — down from 1,621 the previous week and 2,552 the week prior to that. Seven weeks ago Virginia peaked at a daily average of 16,917 new cases, and set a new one-day, record-high of 26,175 new cases reported on Jan. 8.
Statewide hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have fallen to 636 — the lowest level since August — after sitting at 902 last Monday and peaking at 3,948 on Jan. 18. Currently, 139 patients are in intensive care being treated for COVID, with 97 on ventilators.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate stands at 6 percent, the lowest level since November. Last Monday, the rate was reported at 7.3 percent. In mid-January it hit nearly 36 percent.
Virginia reported 289 deaths related to COVID-19 over the past seven days, down from 626 the previous week. The commonwealth has reported a total of 19,060 deaths from COVID-19 since March 14, 2020.
A total of 84 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in Page County over the past week — down from 114 the previous week. As of Monday’s report by VDH, a cumulative total of 28,628 vaccinations have been given locally, with 12,585 people in the county receiving at least one dose and 11,889 fully vaccinated (or 49.7 percent of the population). A total of 5,510 in the county have received a third shot or booster for the COVID-19 vaccine (28.2 percent of the adult population in the county).
Statewide, Virginia has administered about 15.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with about 6.9 million receiving at least one dose and 6.2 million individuals, or 82.1 percent of the adult population, being fully vaccinated. About 2.8 million Virginians have received a third “booster” dose of the vaccine.
Unvaccinated individuals and those who are not fully vaccinated should continue wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces in accordance with federal CDC guidance.
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.