Page County’s seven-day positivity rate drops to 3.6 percent

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COVID-19 Coronavirus in Page County, Virginia
Page Valley News will have continuing coverage of the Coronavirus' impact on Page County.

By Randy Arrington

LURAY, Aug. 17 — Over the last seven days, there have been 194 tests administered for COVID-19 in Page County. Only seven of those tests came up positive for the novel coronavirus, resulting in a seven-day positivity rate of 3.6 percent.

After reporting one new case on both Saturday and Sunday, Page County had no new cases of COVID-19 reported on Monday. That’s only the second time this month that the county has reported no new cases. However, Page did report a new hospitalization on Sunday.

Over the past week, the majority of new cases in the county have surfaced in the 22851 ZIP code (Stanley area), according to the Virginia Department of Health. That region has risen from 89 cumulative cases a week ago, to 95 as of Monday. A breakdown of cases and testing by ZIP code in Page County is as follows:

  • 22835 ZIP code (Luray area) — 180 cases; 1,196 tests — overall positivity rate of 15.1 percent.
  • 22851 ZIP code (Stanley area) — 95 cases; 563 tests — overall positivity rate of 16.9 percent.
  • 22849 ZIP code (Shenandoah area) — 73 cases; 607 tests — overall positivity rate of 12 percent.
  • 22650 ZIP code (Rileyville area) — 5 cases; 54 tests — overall positivity rate of 9.3 percent.

The Lord Fairfax Health District has reported 35 new cases since Friday. Both Frederick and Shenandoah counties each reported 11 new cases over the weekend, while the City of Winchester had nine. Page County only saw two new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, while Clarke and Warren counties only had one.

Frederick County reported two new hospitalizations on Monday — the only new hospitalizations in the district.

On Saturday, both Frederick and Shenandoah counties reported another death due to the coronavirus. That brings the health district’s death toll to 92.

A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 2,659 reported cases, 234 hospitalizations and 92 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):

  • 743 — Shenandoah County (79-47)
  • 701 — Frederick County (54-10)
  • 421 — City of Winchester (32-4)
  • 367 — Warren County (22-6)
  • 353 — Page County (39-25)
  • 74 — Clarke County (8-0)

Harrisonburg and Rockingham County continue to add new cases, with 18 and 15, respectively, since Friday. Rockingham added a new hospitalization on Monday, but neither jurisdiction has seen a pandemic-related death in the last four days.

Statewide, 734 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday. That’s the lowest single-day total in seven days. New hospitalizations have also been trending down over the past five days, with 30 reported on Monday.

The number of people currently hospitalized has dropped 126 since Friday. The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Monday that 1,173 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results.

Among those hospitalized, 281 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — up 13 since Friday. Currently, there are 158 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, up eight since Friday.

Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 13,827 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.

After reporting no deaths on Sunday, VDH reported four COVID-19 deaths on Monday. A total of 2,385 people in Virginia have died from the coronavirus since March 14.

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