Page County reports 30th death due to COVID-19, new cases still rising

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By Randy Arrington

LURAY, Oct. 14 — The Virginia Department of Health has reported seven new cases of COVID-19 and one hospitalization in Page County over the past two days. The county has seen a total of 24 cases of the coronavirus reported in the past week. The state health department also reported Page County’s 30th death due to the current pandemic on Wednesday — the first COVID-19 fatality reported in the county since Sept. 16.

Page County currently has a 14-day positivity rate of 7.1 percent, according to the School Metrics section of the VDH website. New cases have been spread fairly even throughout the county over the past week, according to ZIP code data provided by the state health department. The School Metrics data also shows that Page County has seen a 118.2 percent increase in new cases per 100,000 population during the last seven days compared to the previous seven days.

The Lord Fairfax Health District has reported 51 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two days, with nearly half of those (23 cases) in Frederick County and another six cases in Winchester. During the same period, Shenandoah County has reported eight new cases of the virus, while Warren County saw five and Clarke had two. The only hospitalization, as well as the only COVID-19 related death, over the past two days within the health district was reported in Page County.

A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 3,513 reported cases, 295 hospitalizations and 120 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):

  • 1,041 — Frederick County (69-13)
  • 887 — Shenandoah County (94-59)
  • 540 — City of Winchester (39-4)
  • 495 — Warren County (34-13)
  • 439 — Page County (47-30)
  • 111 — Clarke County (12-1)

The City of Harrisonburg has reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 in the past two days, while Rockingham County added another 21 new cases. Neither locality has reported a hospitalization or death in the last three days.

Statewide, 805 new cases of the coronavirus were reported on Wednesday, after 1,235 cases were reported on Thursday. A total of 75 new hospitalizations have been reported across the state since Monday. Currently, Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate stands at 4.6 percent — a slight increase from Monday’s rate of 4.5 percent.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Wednesday that 1,007 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure has only climbed above 1,000 twice since Sept. 16. Prior to that date, statewide hospitalizations had remained above 1,000 since early July.

Among those hospitalized, 230 are currently in intensive care being treated for COVID-19, according to VHHA — an increase of 30 since yesterday. Currently, there are 102 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators — up four from yesterday, and the first time this figure has surpassed 100 in the past week. Prior to this past week, the number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators had remained above 100 since early July.

Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 18,747 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged. 

The state health department reported 20 additional deaths due to the pandemic over the past two days. That brings the state death toll from COVID-19 to 3,381. 

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