By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Jan. 27 — After only seeing two cases of COVID-19 surface on Tuesday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 25 new cases of the virus in Page County on Wednesday.
While there have been no new hospitalizations reported in the county in the past eight days, Wednesday’s report also included a new death — the 40th fatality from the pandemic in Page County.
For the past three days, Page County’s seven-day positivity rate has remained steady at 17.6 percent, according to Daily Locality Metrics data provided on the VDH website. After leading the region for a month or more, Page’s positivity rate now narrowly stands as the second-highest in the Lord Fairfax Health District. Below is a comparison of the seven-day positivity rates among the six jurisdictions within the health district:
• 17.7% — City of Winchester;
• 17.6% — Page County;
• 16.4% — Clarke County;
• 10.2% — Frederick County;
• 8.7% — Warren County;
• 8.6% — Shenandoah County.
According to ZIP code data provided by VDH, the new cases of COVID-19 reported over the past two days in Page County surfaced in the following areas (ZIP code data totals do not always match the county’s daily reports – see details on the VDH ZIP code page link above):
• 14 cases — Luray area (22835);
• 8 cases — Stanley area (22851);
• 5 cases — Shenandoah area (22849);
• 2 cases — Rilleyville area (22650).
As of Wednesday morning, the state health department’s vaccine dashboard showed that 2,372 people in Page County have received the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine — an increase of 220 since Monday. The report shows 175 people in the county have been fully vaccinated to include the “booster” or second dose — an increase of 50 since Monday.
Below is a breakdown of vaccine doses administered and those who have been fully vaccinated (two doses) across the Lord Fairfax Health District as of Wednesday’s report:
• 6,637 doses administered, 1,073 fully vaccinated — City of Winchester;
• 5,522 doses administered, 854 fully vaccinated — Frederick County;
• 4,352 doses administered, 353 fully vaccinated — Shenandoah County;
• 3,020 doses administered, 260 fully vaccinated — Warren County;
• 2,372 doses administered, 175 fully vaccinated — Page County;
• 1,775 doses administered, 137 fully vaccinated — Clarke County.
The Lord Fairfax Health District has reported a total of 349 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two days. Frederick County accounts for 217 of those cases, while Shenandoah County reported 79, Page County had 27, Warren County saw 23 and Clarke County reported 16.
The City of Winchester has actually seen a reduction of 13 cases from its cumulative total over the past two days due to data adjustments made after a record-high 151 cases were reported in a single within the city on Friday, Jan. 22.
Over the past two days, the health district has reported six hospitalizations (four in Shenandoah County and two in Frederick County) and three deaths (two in Shenandoah County and one in Page County).
The City of Harrisonburg has reported 61 new cases of COVID-19, two hospitalizations and one death since Monday. During that same period, Rockingham County has reported 108 cases of the virus and one death.
Statewide, 5,227 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday — a jump from Tuesday’s 4,707 cases, but down from Monday’s 6,172.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate continued to fall for a 17th-consecutive day on Wednesday and now sits at 12.3 percent.
Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at 2,868, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association — that’s down 24 from Monday, but up 21 from yesterday.
Among those patients, 537 are being treated in intensive care units — down 17 from Monday. Among those, 332 are currently on ventilators — up eight from Monday. Currently, 36 percent of all ventilators in the state are in use, and 84 percent of the ICU beds in Virginia are occupied.
As of Monday morning, 524,722 people in Virginia had been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, among the more than 1.1 million doses (including Moderna and Pfizer vaccines) that have been distributed to facilities and agencies across the state. A total of 78,261 people in Virginia have been fully vaccinated.
Currently, an average of 26,010 doses of the vaccine are being administered each day in Virginia — a 19.2-percent increase since Monday. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, after being at the bottom of the rankings (50th) at the beginning of the week, Virginia has jumped to 37th among states for percentage of vaccines received that have been administered.
• Does distributed to Virginia: 1,172,375
• Does administered: 594,828 or 50.7%
The state health department has reported 147 deaths related to the pandemic in the past two days, with 93 on Tuesday and 54 on Wednesday. A total of 6,228 people have died from COVID-19 in Virginia since March 14.