By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Dec. 21 — The Virginia Department of Health reported 76 new cases of COVID-19 in Page County on Monday — the highest one-day total in the county since the first case of coronavirus was reported on March 31.
On Thanksgiving Day, Page County showed a cumulative total of 567 cases of COVID-19 — as of today, there have been 937 reported cases in the county. Page County has seen nearly 40 percent of its entire case count for the entire 10-month pandemic reported since Thanksgiving — a 65-percent increase in COVID-19 cases in less than a month.
The county saw only 12 cases reported on Sunday, after 18 on Saturday and 17 on Friday. Monday marked the first time in five days that Page had not reported a new hospitalization, with six over the past seven days. However, the county has not seen a new fatality from the virus since Dec. 2.
Page County’s seven-day positivity rate has now climbed to 18.1 percent, according to Daily Locality Metrics data provided on the VDH website, which also state’s the county’s positivity rate has been rising for 46 days. The county’s 14-day positivity rate stands at 16.6 percent, according to School Metrics data on the VDH site.
According to ZIP code data provided by VDH, the new cases of COVID-19 reported in Page County on Monday surfaced in the following areas:
• 39 cases — Luray area (22835)
• 25 cases — Stanley area (22851)
• 9 cases — Shenandoah area (22851)
• 2 cases — Rileyville area (22650)
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported 125 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with 76 in Page County. Frederick County reported 22 new cases, while Shenandoah County had 16 and Winchester reported seven.
The district had reported more than 100 new coronavirus cases for 15 consecutive days, until 75 cases were reported on Sunday. The health district broke the century mark for the first time on Nov. 17 and reported a record-high of 217 new cases on Nov. 30.
The health district reported three new hospitalizations Monday and one on Sunday, with two in Shenandoah County and one each in Frederick and Page counties. The district has not seen a new fatality from the pandemic in the past four days.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 9,049 reported cases, 498 hospitalizations and 167 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 3,264 — Frederick County (135-24)
- 1,898 — Shenandoah County (137-69)
- 1,467 — City of Winchester (70-6)
- 1,164 — Warren County (66-31)
- 937 — Page County (70-33)
- 319 — Clarke County (20-4)
Harrisonburg reported only 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, after seeing 24 on Sunday. Rockingham County continues to see a steady flow of new cases with 69 on Monday, 54 on Sunday and 52 on Saturday. Harrisonburg reported one new hospitalization Monday, while Rockingham had two — but neither locality has reported a new death related to the pandemic in six days.
Statewide, 4,042 new cases of the virus were reported on Monday — marking only the third time during the pandemic that Virginia has surpassed 4,000 new cases in single day. All three days have come in the last two weeks.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate rose on Monday to 11.5 percent.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported on Monday that a total of 2,442 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure sets yet another state record and marks an increase of 37 from yesterday. The total number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Virginia surpassed 2,000 for the first time on Dec. 9 and has risen 407 in the past 12 days.
Among those hospitalized statewide, 530 are currently in intensive care being treated for COVID-19 — up 13 from yesterday, and up 72 from a week ago. There are 282 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators — up 10 from yesterday, and an increase of 46 in the past seven days. Overall, Virginia’s ICU bed occupancy remains at 80 percent.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 27,887 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
The state health department reported four deaths related to the pandemic on Monday, after reporting seven on Sunday. Virginia surpassed the 4,000-death mark the day before Thanksgiving and currently reports a total of 4,654 people have died from COVID-19 since March 14.