By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Aug. 12 — The Virginia Department of Health reported two more deaths related to COVID-19 in Shenandoah County on Tuesday.
That brings the county’s pandemic death toll up to 46, and makes Shenandoah County the No.5 locality in Virginia for pandemic deaths per 100,000 people, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.
Page County sits at No.7 on that chart. The only other locality in the region on the list is the City of Harrisonburg at No.15.
The Lord Fairfax Health District has reported 20 new cases of the coronavirus in the past two days. Shenandoah County reported the highest number with seven. Both Frederick County and Winchester have reported five new cases since Monday; while Clarke, Warren and Page only saw one new case of COVID-19.
Among the 20 new cases reported since Monday, the health district saw seven hospitalizations, with five of those in Shenandoah County.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 2,589 reported cases, 229 hospitalizations and 90 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 724 — Shenandoah County (79-46)
- 686 — Frederick County (52-9)
- 404 — City of Winchester (31-4)
- 356 — Warren County (22-6)
- 347 — Page County (37-25)
- 72 — Clarke County (8-0)
Rockingham County has reported 11 new cases since Monday, while Harrisonburg has only had four. Neither locality has reported a death related to the pandemic in the past two days, but Rockingham had one new hospitalization reported on Wednesday.
Statewide, 776 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday. That figure represents a decline since Virginia hit a peak of 2,015 new cases reported on Friday, followed by 1,307 new cases on Saturday.
Virginia hit a milestone last Thursday when VDH reported a cumulative total of 100,086 cases of COVID-19 since mid-February. This morning, the state’s cumulative total stood at 102,521.
New hospitalizations have risen in Virginia for three straight days, from 22 on Monday to 74 reported Wednesday.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Wednesday that 1,281 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is up 30 since Monday.
Among those hospitalized, 290 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — up 11 since Monday. Currently, there are 142 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, down 17 since Monday.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 13,247 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
Over the last two days, VDH has reported 25 more deaths related to the pandemic. Virginia has now seen a total of 2,352 fatalities related to COVID-19 since March 14.