By Randy Arrington
LURAY, March 8 — The Virginia Department of Health reported Monday that 7,064 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Page County, with 4,011 residents receiving at least one dose and 3,070 fully vaccinated.
That means about 12.5 percent of the county has received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination. The number of fully vaccinated residents could rise quickly as the new one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines started being administered across the Lord Fairfax Health District on Friday.
Here’s a breakdown of vaccinations across the health district:
• Frederick County — 25,953 doses administered, with 15,137 receiving at least one dose and 10,932 fully vaccinated;
• Shenandoah County — 14,656 doses administered, with 9,056 receiving at least one dose and 5,954 fully vaccinated;
• Warren County — 9,673 doses administered, with 5,830 receiving at least one dose and 4,135 fully vaccinated;
• City of Winchester — 8,989 doses administered, with 5,346 receiving at least one dose and 3,662 fully vaccinated;
• Page County — 7,064 doses administered, with 4,011 receiving at least one dose and 3,070 fully vaccinated;
• Clarke County — 5,197 doses administered, with 2,973 receiving at least one dose and 2,250 fully vaccinated.
Valley Health is administering COVID-19 vaccinations at four clinics — Winchester, Front Royal, Woodstock and Luray. To register, visit www.valleyhealthlink.com/c19vaccinations.
Registration has also expanded to include all people who fall into Virginia’s Phase 1b:
• Frontline essential workers,
• Individuals aged 65 and older,
• Those aged 16 through 64 with a high-risk medical condition or disability that increases their risk of severe illness from COVID-19,
• Those living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters and migrant labor camps.
Frontline essential workers includes police, fire, hazmat, corrections and homeless shelter workers, childcare/PreK-12 teachers and staff, food and agriculture, manufacturing, grocery store employees, public transit workers, mail carriers, officials needed to maintain continuity of government, clergy/faith leaders, and janitorial/cleaning staff.
Page County reported only three new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, while seeing 18 new cases surface over the past week. One of the county’s two new hospitalizations from the virus over the last week was reported on Monday. The county also saw three more COVID-related deaths reported last Wednesday, bringing Page’s pandemic death toll to 53 — third highest in the health district.
After dipping to a recent low of 6 percent on Friday, Page County’s seven-day positivity rate has climbed back to 9.3 percent as of Monday. That puts Page County still at the top of the health district. Here’s a breakdown of seven-day positivity rates across the region:
• 9.3% — Page County;
• 8.5% — Clarke County;
• 7.4% — Shenandoah County;
• 5.8% — Frederick County and the City of Winchester;
• 3.9% — Warren County.
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported only 19 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday — the lowest daily count across the district since Oct. 7. There were 27 new hospitalizations in the district over the past week, and 32 reported COVID-related deaths. Frederick County, by far, reported the most deaths with 16.
Statewide, 892 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday, marking the lowest daily count since Oct. 19. Hospitalizations in the state grew by 44 on Monday, while 87 new pandemic fatalities were reported. Virginia’s pandemic death toll now stands at 9,683 since March 14, 2020.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate stands at 6 percent, continuing a fairly steady downward trend that began on Jan. 11. This is the lowest the state’s positivity has been since Nov. 8.
Virginia has administered more than 2.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 1.5 million in the Commonwealth have received at least one dose of the vaccine (17.5 percent of the population), while 823,887 have been fully vaccinated.
Currently, an average of 52,575 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being administered each day in Virginia.
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