By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Sept. 14 — The Lord Fairfax Health District saw its 99th pandemic death reported on Monday. Along with the one fatality, Shenandoah County also had three new hospitalizations and one new case of COVID-19 surface in today’s report. The county has seen a total of 51 residents die from the coronavirus, the most of any jurisdiction within the health district and among the highest rates per 100,000 people in Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Health reported eight new cases of the virus within the local health district on Monday, and a total of 34 new cases since Friday. Those new cases are spread throughout the district. Frederick County has reported the most, with nine new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, while Winchester added seven.
Page County has also reported seven new cases of the virus since Friday, with one new hospitalization reported on Monday. That marks the first new hospitalization that Page has reported in 10 days. The new seven cases are spread across the county, according to ZIP code data provided by VDH, with three in the Luray area (22835), two in the Shenandoah area (22849) and one each in the Shenandoah area (22849) and the Rileyville area (22650).
With 155 tests administered for COVID-19 and eight positive cases in the past week, that gives Page County a seven-day positivity rate of 5.2 percent. Despite the recent cases over the weekend, that shows a slight increase from last Monday’s seven-day positivity rate of 4.9 percent, as testing in the county has also increased over the past week (from 101 to 155).
Both Warren and Shenandoah counties have reported five new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, while Clarke has seen only one.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 2,939 reported cases, 261 hospitalizations and 99 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 815 — Frederick County (62-11)
- 790 — Shenandoah County (87-51)
- 468 — City of Winchester (35-4)
- 405 — Warren County (23-6)
- 374 — Page County (42-27)
- 87 — Clarke County (12-0)
Harrisonburg has added 94 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, but the Friendly City saw no new hospitalizations or deaths. Rockingham County has reported 65 new cases since Friday, with one new hospitalization reported Monday.
Statewide, 757 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday, after Virginia averaged more than 1,000 cases per day for the previous four days. New hospitalizations averaged nearly 50 per day over the weekend. Virginia’s seven-day positivity rate stands at 7.2 percent, down from last Monday’s rate of 7.7 percent.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Monday that 1,006 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is down 114 since Friday.
Among those hospitalized, 220 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — down 29 since Friday. Currently, there are 110 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, down 10 since Friday.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 16,361 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
VDH reported 19 more COVID-19 deaths on Monday, and 32 since Friday. Virginia has seen a total of 2,743 residents die during the pandemic since March 14.
To reference a chart created by the Virginia Public Access Project comparing COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents, including Page and Shenandoah counties, visit https://www.vpap.org/covid-19/embed/deaths-fips-percapita/