By Randy Arrington
LURAY, July 17 — Shenandoah County already ranked seventh in Virginia for COVID-19 deaths (per 100,000) before reporting three new fatalities related to the pandemic in the past two days.
The Virginia Department of Health reported two new COVID-19 deaths in Shenandoah County on Thursday, and one more on Friday. That brings the county’s death toll to 38.
The next highest pandemic death count in the Lord Fairfax Health District is Page County, with 23. Due to its smaller population, Page landed at fifth in the state’s ranking of pandemic deaths per 100,000.
Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Page County on Friday, with one case being subtracted from the county’s cumulative total on Thursday. VDH does not provide explanations for these data adjustments, but most likely a case was reclassified after a different diagnosis.
Page County has reported a total of 10 new cases of COVID-19 in three days, with a total of 103 tests conducted during that time. That’s a positivity rate of 9.7 percent.
Page County saw two new hospitalizations reported on Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 32 since the pandemic first hit Page on March 31. Page had gone nine days without reporting a new hospitalization.
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported 40 new cases of the coronavirus in the past two days. Shenandoah County reported 18 of those cases, while 10 surfaced in Frederick County and five were reported in both Warren County and Winchester.
Among those new cases, there were eight new hospitalizations reported within the health district in the last two days. Three of those were in Shenandoah County, with two each in Page and Winchester, and one in Frederick.
There were no other COVID-19 deaths in the district in the last two days outside of Shenandoah County.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 2,273 cases of COVID-19 is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 637 — Shenandoah County (71-38)
- 575 — Frederick County (44-7)
- 366 — City of Winchester (27-4)
- 322 — Warren County (21-8)
- 312 — Page County (32-23)
- 61 — Clarke County (7-0)
The City of Harrisonburg surpassed the 1,000-case mark with five new cases reported in the past two days to reach 1,001 cumulative cases of COVID-19. Among those new cases were three new hospitalizations — all reported Thursday. Rockingham County has reported 11 new cases of the coronavirus in the past two days, with two new hospitalizations also reported Thursday. Neither jurisdiction reported any new deaths.
Statewide, 1,002 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday. That’s the second time in three days that new cases have exceeded 1,000, as the state has shown a clear increase in new cases over the past week. Virginia also broke a milestone on Friday by surpassing 75,000 cases since COVID-19 arrived in the Commonwealth in mid-February.
New hospitalizations have been rising the last three days as well, with 67 reported Friday, 115 reported Thursday and 88 reported Wednesday. That figure has typically remained below 60 (and often below 50) over the past month.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Friday that 1,171 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is up 37 since yesterday, and up 90 in two days — and it remains above 1,000 for the eighth consecutive day. Prior to the past week, it was June 12 the last time the number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 surpassed 1,000 in Virginia.
Among those hospitalized, 247 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — down one since yesterday. The number of ICU patients with COVID-19 has remained fairly steady over the past five days. Currently, there are 118 patients statewide on ventilators — that figure is the same as yesterday, after increasing for five straight days.
Since the pandemic began, VHHA also reports that 9,883 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
VDH reported 36 new fatalities related to the pandemic in the past three days, bringing Virginia’s death toll to 2,013 since March 14.