By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Aug. 25 — The Virginia Department of Health reported another death related to COVID-19 in Shenandoah County on Tuesday morning. That brings the county’s pandemic death toll to 48. The Lord Fairfax Health District has now reported 93 total deaths related to the coronavirus.
Both Frederick and Shenandoah counties continue to report new cases of COVID-19 on a daily basis. In contrast, Clarke, Page and Warren counties combined have not reported a single new case in the last two days. Clarke and Page have only reported one new case each in the past five days.
On Tuesday, Frederick County reported nine new cases of the coronavirus, while the county seat of Winchester added six more. Shenandoah County saw three new cases surface on Tuesday and added one new hospitalization. Frederick County also added one new hospitalization.
The health district had gone five days without adding a new hospitalization, before adding two on Tuesday. The district had also gone nine days without a COVID-19 death until this morning’s report.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 2,770 reported cases, 237 hospitalizations and 93 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 762 — Shenandoah County (80-48)
- 753 — Frederick County (56-10)
- 435 — City of Winchester (32-4)
- 386 — Warren County (22-6)
- 358 — Page County (39-25)
- 76 — Clarke County (8-0)
The City of Harrisonburg also reported another COVID-19 death on Tuesday. The Friendly City has now seen 32 residents die from the coronavirus. The city has also picked up 25 new cases in two days.
Rockingham County has added 10 new cases in two days, with nine reported Tuesday. The county also reported two new hospitalizations this morning.
Statewide, 1,005 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday. After falling for two days, the number of daily new cases hit the second-highest level its seen in the last 11 days. New hospitalizations were higher with 52 reported today, along with 23 new fatalities related to the pandemic. That’s the second-highest number of deaths reported in a single day since Aug. 6.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Tuesday that 1,174 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is up 47 since yesterday.
Among those hospitalized, 273 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — up 17 since yesterday. Currently, there are 144 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, up 10 since last yesterday.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 14,581 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.