By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Dec. 19 — Page County has reported 35 new cases of COVID-19 in the last two days, with 17 reported Friday and 18 on Saturday. The county’s seven-day positivity rate has been climbing for 44 straight days, according to the Virginia Department of Health, and it now stands at 18 percent.
In the last week, Page County has reported a total of 122 cases of coronavirus, along with five hospitalizations (four in the last three days). There have been no fatalities in the county due to the pandemic since Dec. 2.
According to ZIP code data provided by VDH, the new cases of COVID-19 reported in Page County over the last week surfaced in the following areas:
• 70 cases — Luray area (22835)
• 31 cases — Stanley area (22851)
• 18 cases — Shenandoah area (22851)
• 7 cases — Rileyville area (22650)
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported 118 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, after reporting 115 cases on Friday. Frederick County reported 76 of those cases over the last two days, while the county seat of Winchester added 38. Shenandoah County has seen 47 new cases since Thursday, while Warren County had a two-day total of 31 and Clarke County reported six.
The district has reported more than 100 new coronavirus cases for 15 consecutive days, after breaking the century mark for the first time on Nov. 17. The health district set a record of 217 new cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 30.
The health district reported two new hospitalizations Saturday and four on Friday, but the district saw no COVID-related deaths over the last two days.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 8,849 reported cases, 494 hospitalizations and 167 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 3,211 — Frederick County (134-24)
- 1,873 — Shenandoah County (135-69)
- 1,448 — City of Winchester (70-6)
- 1,157 — Warren County (66-31)
- 849 — Page County (69-33)
- 311 — Clarke County (20-4)
The case count in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County slowed on Saturday, as the city reported only 11 new cases while the county had 52. Two days ago, Rockingham hit a record-high with 110 new cases reported in a single day. Rockingham has also reported three hospitalizations in the last two days, but neither locality has reported a death related to the pandemic.
Statewide, 3,584 new cases of the virus were reported on Saturday, along with 140 new hospitalizations. Virginia has reported more than 3,000 new cases for 15 straight days, after reaching the 3,000-mark for the first time in the pandemic on Nov. 23.
Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate dropped four-tenths on Saturday to 11.4 percent. Friday’s statewide rate saw a recent peak of 11.8 percent.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported on Saturday that a total of 2,429 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure sets yet another state record and marks an increase of 20 from yesterday. The total number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Virginia surpassed 2,000 for the first time on Dec. 9 and has risen 394 in the past 11 days.
Among those hospitalized statewide, 495 are currently in intensive care being treated for COVID-19 — down 15 from yesterday, but up 55 from a week ago. There are 264 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators — up 10 from yesterday, and an increase of 44 in the past seven days. Overall, Virginia’s ICU bed occupancy has risen to 80 percent.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 27,633 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
The state health department has reported 45 deaths related to the pandemic for the last three days, and 234 fatalities over the past week. Virginia surpassed the 4,000-death mark the day before Thanksgiving and currently reports a total of 4,643 people have died from COVID-19 since March 14.