By Randy Arrington
LURAY, March 1 — The Virginia Department of Health only reported one new case of COVID-19 in Page County on Monday. The county only saw eight new cases over the weekend and has not reported a new hospitalization related to the virus in 12 days. However, Page County did report four new deaths tied to the pandemic on Monday, and the county has seen seven COVID-related fatalities reported in the past six days.
That brings the county’s overall COVID death toll to 49 — third-highest in the Lord Fairfax Health District. Overall, the health district has reported only three new hospitalizations since Friday, but 28 COVID-related deaths. Frederick County and the county seat of Winchester account for 15 of those fatalities, while Shenandoah County had five, Page had four and both Shenandoah and Warren counties reported two deaths.
Statewide, the death toll has increased dramatically as state health officials say they are processing death certificates related to the post-holiday surge in cases. Over the weekend, VDH reported 584 new deaths related to the pandemic statewide over a three-day period. Virginia has reported 1,683 COVID deaths in the past 10 days — that’s 19 percent of all pandemic deaths reported in the Commonwealth since March 14, 2020.
Despite the recent spike in the death toll — typically a lagging data indicator behind cases and hospitalizations — Page County’s seven-day positivity rate is the lowest its been since late November at 7.6 percent. However, that remains the highest level across the health district as of Monday morning:
• 7.6% — Page County;
• 6.6% — City of Winchester;
• 6.3% — Shenandoah County;
• 6.1% — Warren County;
• 5.6% — Frederick County;
• 4.3% — Clarke County.
At 7.1 percent, Virginia is at its lowest seven-day positivity rate since Nov. 22. The state’s 1,124 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Monday was the lowest daily total since Nov. 2. The health district averaged about 34 new cases per day over the weekend.
As of Monday, 6,156 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to residents of Page County, including 3,549 who had received at least one dose and 2,607 who had been fully vaccinated.
Statewide, nearly 2 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, with nearly 1.3 million receiving at least one dose (about 15.2 percent of Virginia’s population) and 686,289 people being fully vaccinated.
Currently, an average of 42,032 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being administered each day in Virginia.
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