By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Nov. 15 — New cases of COVID-19 remained steady over the past week and no hospitalizations were reported in the county, but Page did see three more COVID-related deaths reported over the last seven days. That brings November’s total to five virus-related fatalities after reporting 12 in October.
The Virginia Department of Health has reported 39 cases of COVID-19 in Page County since Nov. 8. According to zip code data provided by the VDH, the new cases surfacing over the last seven days were distributed throughout the county as follows:
• 25 cases — Luray area (22835);
• 5 cases — Stanley area (22851);
• 4 cases — Rileyville area (22650);
• 3 cases — Shenandoah area (22849).
Page County’s positivity rate has dropped to 10.3 percent as of Monday, after sitting at 11.2 percent one week ago. The county’s positivity rate has been reported below 10 percent only one week since Aug. 11 (last week of October) and reached a pandemic-high of nearly 23 percent six weeks ago.
Page County’s three deaths this past week were reported on Wednesday, Friday and Monday. That brings the county’s pandemic death toll up to 82.
Page County Public Schools has reported 236 cases of COVID-19 within its buildings since opening on Aug. 23, (15 cases reported since last Monday). Of those cases, 23 are still active (as of Nov. 15) with 21 cases among students and two among staff.
The Lord Fairfax Health District has reported 424 new cases of COVID-19 over the last seven days — up from 416 cases the previous week and 394 the week prior. Clarke County was the only locality in the district to show an increase of cases over the last week with one of its highest weekly totals of new cases during the pandemic. Clarke reported 25 new cases last Tuesday and 42 new cases on Veterans Day. Below is a breakdown of new cases reported since Nov. 8 and each localities’ positivity rate within the health district:
• 130 — Frederick County — 9.4%
• 87 — Clarke County — 6.3%
• 83 — Shenandoah County — 10.8%
• 70 — Warren County — 11.5%
• 39 — Page County — 10.3%
• 15 — City of Winchester — 6.1%
The health district reported 11 hospitalizations related to COVID over the past seven days (nine previous week) and 15 related deaths (12 previous week). Six deaths were reported in Shenandoah County, four in Frederick County, three in Page County and two in Warren County.
Over the past week, Virginia has averaged 1,305 new cases of COVID-19 per day — up from 1,276 the previous week. Statewide hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are at 829 — up from 806 last Monday. Currently, 205 patients are in intensive care being treated for COVID, with 104 on ventilators.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate fell slightly over the past week to 5.4 percent, after being reported at 5.6 percent last Monday.
Virginia reported 202 deaths related to COVID-19 over the past week (206 last week) — an average of almost 29 per day. The commonwealth has reported a total of 14,392 deaths from COVID-19 since March 14, 2020.
A total of 486 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in Page County over the past week — up from 478 the previous week. As of Monday’s report by VDH, a cumulative total of 22,652 vaccinations have been given locally, with 11,379 people in the county receiving at least one dose and 10,495 fully vaccinated (or 43.9 percent of the population). A total of 1,710 in the county have received a third shot or booster for the COVID-19 vaccine (8.9 percent of the adult population in the county). The majority of COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Page County over the past week (336) were booster shots.
Statewide, Virginia has administered nearly 12.1 million doses of vaccine, with nearly 6.2 million receiving at least one dose and 5.4 million individuals, or 75.8 percent of the adult population, being fully vaccinated. A total of 903,571 Virginians have received a third “booster” dose of the vaccine (or 8.9 percent of adults statewide).
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.
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