By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Aug. 20 — The Virginia Department of Health reported four new cases of COVID-19 in Page County on Thursday morning.
After having only one new case of the coronavirus reported since Sunday, Thursday’s increase represented the county’s highest one-day total over the last 12 days. Page County reported six new cases on Aug. 8.
VDH reported one new case of COVID-19 on Sunday and one on Tuesday. However, one case was subtracted from the county’s total after a recent case was deemed not to be COVID-19. No new cases were reported on Monday. Most of June, July and August rarely saw the daily total for new cases in Page County rise above two.
According to ZIP code data provided by VDH, all four new cases reported on Thursday surfaced in the 22851 ZIP code in the midsection of the county around the Stanley area.
Over the last seven days, that same data shows that 161 tests were administered in Page County for COVID-19, with eight positive cases being reported. That results in a seven-day positivity rate of 4.96 percent. As of Monday, the county’s seven-day positivity rate stood at 3.6 percent.
Of the eight cases of the coronavirus reported over the past week, seven have surfaced in the 22851 ZIP code area. A breakdown of cases and testing by ZIP code in Page County (as of Thursday, Aug. 20) is as follows:
- 22835 ZIP code (Luray area) — 180 cases; 1,223 tests — overall positivity rate of 14.7 percent.
- 22851 ZIP code (Stanley area) — 98 cases; 576 tests — overall positivity rate of 17 percent.
- 22849 ZIP code (Shenandoah area) — 73 cases; 621 tests — overall positivity rate of 11.8 percent.
- 22650 ZIP code (Rileyville area) — 5 cases; 54 tests — overall positivity rate of 9.3 percent.
Despite new cases being added, Page County has not seen a new hospitalization in the last four days and has not reported a death related to the pandemic in 11 days. A total of 25 people in Page County died from COVID-19 from April 29 through Aug. 9.
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and has reported a total of 52 since Sunday. Frederick County still shows the highest influx of new cases, with 24 over the past five days. The City of Winchester added another 11 new cases during that time.
Shenandoah and Warren counties also continue to see a slow and steady stream of new cases, with 13 reported in the last five days in each locality.
While there have been no COVID-19 deaths reported within the health district in the last five days, Frederick County has reported all three new hospitalizations in the district since Sunday.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 2,707 reported cases, 235 hospitalizations and 92 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 749 — Shenandoah County (79-47)
- 719 — Frederick County (55-10)
- 427 — City of Winchester (32-4)
- 380 — Warren County (22-6)
- 357 — Page County (39-25)
- 75 — Clarke County (8-0)
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County reported a combined 13 new cases of COVID-19 over the past two days, with one new hospitalization in Rockingham reported on Thursday. Neither locality has reported a death related to the pandemic in seven days.
Statewide, 863 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Thursday, with 73 new hospitalizations and 17 new deaths. A total of 2,427 people in Virginia have died from the coronavirus since March 14.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Thursday that 1,266 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is up 93 since Monday.
Among those hospitalized, 276 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — down five since Monday. Currently, there are 148 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, down 10 since Monday.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 14,091 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.