By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Sept. 30 — Page County lead the Lord Fairfax Health District in new cases of COVID-19 in Wednesday’s report from the Virginia Department of Health.
The health district saw 20 new cases of the coronavirus reported this morning — the district’s highest one-day total since Aug. 18. Six of those new cases were reported in Page County, while the remaining cases were spread throughout five of the six jurisdictions within the health district. As a whole, the district as seen a rise in new cases of COVID-19 over the past five days, with 82 cases reported since Friday.
While Clarke County stood as the only regional locality to not report a new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, Clarke did report its first death since the novel coronavirus hit the region in March.
Shenandoah County also reported a new COVID-19 death on Wednesday, adding to its district-leading death toll that now has reached 59. The health district has seen a total of 113 COVID-19 deaths since Shenandoah County reported the first on April 25.
In addition to its six new cases reported this morning, Page County has seen a total of 14 new cases surface six Friday. According to ZIP code data provided by the state health department, here’s a breakdown of where Page’s recent cases have originated over the past four days:
- 6 cases — 22849 (Shenandoah area);
- 5 cases— 22851 (Stanley area);
- 3 cases— 22835 (Luray area).
The same breakdown over the past 14 days in Page County looks like this:
- 13 cases — 22849 (Shenandoah area);
- 6 cases— 22835 (Luray area);
- 5 cases— 22851 (Stanley area);
- 1 case — 22650 (Rileyville area).
In addition to rising cases of the coronavirus since the weekend, Page County also reported a new hospitalization on Tuesday — its first since Sept. 14. The county has not reported a new pandemic death since Sept. 16.
Warren County reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with 25 cases being reported since Friday. The recent spike in the county also saw two new hospitalizations over the weekend and two more reported on Wednesday.
Winchester also reported a hospitalization on Wednesday, along with three new cases of COVID-19. Frederick County added four new cases.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 3,152 reported cases, 274 hospitalizations and 113 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 899 — Frederick County (66-13)
- 808 — Shenandoah County (88-59)
- 508 — City of Winchester (37-4)
- 440 — Warren County (28-7)
- 404 — Page County (43-29)
- 95 — Clarke County (12-1)
Both the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County added 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, but neither reported any new hospitalizations or deaths.
Statewide, 755 new cases were reported Wednesday, a drop-off from 923 cases reported on Tuesday. New hospitalizations increased by 125 over the last two days, with 63 reported Wednesday.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Wednesday that 908 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is 50 less than the previous day and represents the second-lowest figure since July 7.
Among those hospitalized, 190 COVID-19 patients are currently in intensive care, according to VHHA. This marks the first time since July 6 — and only the second time since early April — that the number of COVID-19 patients in ICU has fallen below 200.
Currently, there are 104 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, the same total as two weeks ago as that figure continues to fluctuate.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 17,633 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
VDH reported 21 new deaths related to the pandemic on Wednesday. That now brings Virginia’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,208.