By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Aug. 31 — New cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Page County as the Virginia Department of Health has reported 74 new cases since last Monday. New cases of the virus have been climbing locally for nearly two months since weekly case totals stood in single digits in early July.
More than half of the new cases over the past week have surfaced in the Luray area, according to zip code data provided by the VDH. Here’s a quick breakdown:
• 42 cases — 22835 zip code (Luray area);
• 21 cases — 22851 zip code (Stanley area);
• 11 cases — 22849 zip code (Shenandoah area);
• 1 case — 22650 zip code (Rileyville area).
While Page only reported three hospitalizations and no deaths due to the coronavirus over the past week, the Stanley area (zip code 22851) saw a spike of 14 new cases reported over the weekend, while the Luray area (zip code 22835) reported 14 new cases on Tuesday. Page County as a whole has reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday. Page’s positivity rate currently stands at 13 percent — up from 9.6 percent last Tuesday.
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported 814 new cases of COVID-19 over the past week, up from 527 the previous week. Below is a breakdown of new cases reported in the last week and each locality’s current positivity rate within the health district:
• 292 — Frederick County — 8.6%
• 172 — Shenandoah County — 11.8%
• 172 — Warren County — 11.5%
• 78 — City of Winchester — 11.7%
• 74 — Page County — 13%
• 26 — Clarke County — 5.9%
The health district reported 26 hospitalizations related to COVID over the past week, and two related deaths — one in Frederick County on Friday, and one in Warren County over the weekend.
Over the past week, Virginia has averaged 3,178 new cases of COVID-19 per day — the highest average since early-February. Statewide hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have risen to 1,768 — a nearly 30-percent increase over the past week, which follows a 20-percent increase the previous week. Currently, 427 patients are in intensive care being treated for COVID — a 17.6-percent rise in the last seven days.
Virginia reported 167 deaths related to COVID-19 over the past week — up from 57 deaths the previous week. The commonwealth has reported a total of 11,842 deaths from COVID-19 since March 14, 2020.
A total of 362 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in Page County over the past week — up from 226 the previous week. The number of local residents receiving at least one dose climbed by 215 in the last seven days (133 the previous week), and the number of fully vaccinated residents increased by 182 (up from 102 the previous week). As of Tuesday’s report by VDH, a cumulative total of 18,546 vaccinations have been given locally, with 10,169 people in the county receiving at least one dose (42.5 percent of the population and 51 percent of adults) and 9,179 fully vaccinated (38.4 percent of the population and 46.3 percent of adults).
Statewide, Virginia has administered nearly 10 million doses of vaccine, with nearly 5.5 million receiving at least one dose and more than 4.8 million individuals, or 67.8 percent of the adult population, being fully vaccinated.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate is currently 10.1 percent — the highest rate since mid-February and up from 9.6 percent last Tuesday.
Unvaccinated individuals and those who are not fully vaccinated should continue wearing a mask, practicing physical distancing, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces in accordance with federal CDC guidance.
Vaccines are available by pre-registration and appointment. To pre-register, or to update your pre-registration record, visit www.vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682). English- and Spanish-speaking operators are available. Translation services also are available, in more than 100 languages. For TTY, dial 7-1-1.