By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Feb. 21 — Since mid-January, Page County has seen a consistent downward trend in the number of new COVID-19 cases being reported. While certain segments of the state’s pandemic data was incomplete on Monday, it still showed steady trends of decline across the state and the region.
The Virginia Department of Health has reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 in Page County over the past week, including 22 over the weekend. There were 64 cases reported the previous week and 128 cases the week prior to that. There were five hospitalizations related to the virus reported in the county in the last seven days .
Page County’s current seven-day positivity rate was unavailable on Monday. The VDH website, which updates “Local Transmission Rates” weekly (updated each Monday), still contained the county’s rate for Feb. 14 — 18.6 percent, which was nearly half of the previous week’s rate of 30 percent.
Page reported four COVID-related deaths over the past week, which brings the county’s pandemic death toll to 111. One death was reported Thursday, with two on Friday and one over the weekend.
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported 539 new cases of COVID-19 over the last seven days, down from 676 the previous week and 1,090 the week prior to that. Every locality within the health district reported fewer new cases this week. Updated positivity rates for surrounding localities were not available on Monday. Below is a breakdown of new cases reported since Feb. 14 within the health district:
238 — Frederick County
125 — Shenandoah County
80 — Warren County
47 — Page County
35 — Clarke County
14 — City of Winchester
The health district reported 19 hospitalizations related to COVID over the past seven days (10 the previous week) and 20 related deaths (28 last week). Frederick County reported seven of those deaths, Warren County had five, Page County saw four, Shenandoah County had two, and Clarke County and the City of Winchester each reported one.
Over the past week, Virginia has averaged 2,552 new cases of COVID-19 per day — down from 3,783 the previous week and 5,514 the week prior to that. Five 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 1,221 — the lowest level since early December — after sitting at 2,250 last Monday and peaking at 3,948 on Jan. 18. Currently, 250 patients are in intensive care being treated for COVID, with 157 on ventilators.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate fell for a six-straight week and sits in single digits for the first time since before Christmas. Today, the commonwealth’s positivity rate stands at just 8 percent, after being reported at 11.1 percent one week ago and hitting a high of nearly 36 percent in mid-January.
Virginia reported 448 deaths related to COVID-19 over the past seven days, compared to 590 the previous week and 890 the week prior to that. The commonwealth has reported a total of 18,145 deaths from COVID-19 since March 14, 2020.
A total of 149 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in Page County over the past week — down from 376 the previous week. As of Monday’s report by VDH, a cumulative total of 28,430 vaccinations have been given locally, with 12,545 people in the county receiving at least one dose and 11,822 fully vaccinated (or 49.4 percent of the population). A total of 5,409 in the county have received a third shot or booster for the COVID-19 vaccine (27.7 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 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.