By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Dec. 7 — The Virginia Department of Health reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Page County on Monday. That marks a third-straight day of double-digit case totals and 36 new cases reported in the last three days.
Among Monday’s cases, eight surfaced in the Luray area (22835) and two in the Stanley area (22851), according to ZIP code data provided by VDH.
Page County’s 14-day positivity rate fell slightly to 11.4 percent on Monday, after reaching 11.9 percent on Sunday, according to School Metrics data on the VDH website. The county has not seen a new hospitalization related to the coronavirus since Nov. 25 and has not reported a new pandemic death in the past five days.
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported 108 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, along with one hospitalization and one death — both in Shenandoah County. The health district also broke the 7,000-case mark on Monday for cumulative cases reported since the first one surfaced in mid-March.
Frederick County had the highest case count on Monday with 42 new cases, while Shenandoah County reported 28 and Winchester had 11. Warren County reported 10 new cases on Monday.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 7,052 reported cases, 462 hospitalizations and 152 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 2,508 — Frederick County (128-19)
- 1,542 — Shenandoah County (124-64)
- 1,171 — City of Winchester (66-5)
- 957 — Warren County (63-27)
- 646 — Page County (62-33)
- 228 — Clarke County (19-4)
Harrisonburg reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The Friendly City has seen 162 new cases surface in the last four days, but only one hospitalization and no deaths. Rockingham County reported 67 cases of the coronavirus on Monday, and a total of 266 over the past four days.
Statewide, 3,817 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday — the second-highest daily total of the pandemic. The highest total was reported on Sunday, with 3,880 new cases. Monday marked the third consecutive day over the 3,000-mark — something Virginia had only done two other times before Saturday (Nov. 23 and Nov. 28).
Nationwide, the U.S. has reported more than 1 million new cases of COVID-19 in just five days.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate has climbed to 10.8 percent as of Monday, after falling as low as 4.5 percent in mid-October and standing at 7.5 percent one week ago.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported on Monday that 1,885 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is down 84 from yesterday, but stands as the second-highest level of the pandemic. The high mark was set yesterday, with 1,969 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Virginia.
Among those hospitalized statewide, 403 are currently in intensive care being treated for COVID-19, according to VHHA — an increase of eight from yesterday and still near the highest level of the pandemic. Currently, there are 180 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators — down seven from yesterday, but still at one of its highest levels since April and May.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 25,401 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
The state health department reported eight new deaths related to the pandemic on Monday, down from a peak of 37 on Saturday — one of the highest daily totals in the state over the past eight months. Virginia surpassed the 4,000-death mark the day before Thanksgiving and currently reports a total of 4,208 people have died from COVID-19 since March 14.
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