By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Sept. 21 — The Virginia Department of Health reported two more deaths due to COVID-19 within the Lord Fairfax Health District over the weekend. Both deaths were in Shenandoah County, with one reported on Saturday and one Sunday. They represented the 57th and 58th fatalities that Shenandoah County has reported since COVID-19 hit the region in March.
The health district also reported two new hospitalizations over the weekend, with one on Sunday in Frederick County and one reported in Warren County on Monday.
The district saw a total of 35 new cases of COVID-19 reported since Friday, with 15 of those cases surfacing in Frederick County and another eight in Winchester.
Page County saw five new cases reported over the weekend. Four of those cases were reported in the Shenandoah area (or 22849 Zip code), while one case was reported in the Luray area (or 22835 Zip code), according to data provided by VDH. With 10 positive results from 333 tests administered for COVID-19 among Page County residents over the past week, the county currently has a seven-day positivity rate of 3 percent.
Warren County saw four cases of the coronavirus reported since Friday, while Shenandoah only had two (and had another taken away from its total) and Clarke added two.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 3,026 reported cases, 264 hospitalizations and 108 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 848 — Frederick County (64-11)
- 799 — Shenandoah County (87-58)
- 489 — City of Winchester (35-4)
- 413 — Warren County (24-6)
- 384 — Page County (42-29)
- 93 — Clarke County (12-0)
While Harrisonburg and Rockingham County have not added any new hospitalizations or deaths since last Thursday, a steady flow of new cases is being reported daily. Harrisonburg saw 83 new cases in the past three days, while Rockingham added 40.
Statewide, Virginia reported 627 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The figure continues a three-day downward trend. Hospitalizations continue to trend downward as well, with only 22 new hospitalizations reported on Monday, after hitting a high of 75 or more on Sept. 9-11 and again last Thursday. That figure has declined since then, for four day straight.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Monday that 995 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. After dropping by as much as 35 over the last four days, that figure remains the same as it was on Thursday, when it dropped below 1,000 for the first time since July 9.
Among those hospitalized, 217 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — up five since Friday. Currently, there are 106 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, up four since Friday.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 16,903 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
VDH reported six more pandemic deaths on Monday. That figure was a significant drop-off after Virginia reported double-digit deaths daily for the past week. In fact, between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21, the state health department reported a total of 272 deaths due to COVID-19.
“VDH is working diligently to identify COVID-19 related deaths through vital record death certificate information. A backlog of death data is expected to be added from September 15 through September 21,” the VDH COVID-19 dashboard read on Monday.
Since March 14, a total of 3,021 people in Virginia have died from the coronavirus. The state’s death toll surpassed the 3,000-mark on Sunday.