By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Oct. 1 — The Virginia Department of Health reported three more deaths due to COVID-19 in Warren County on Thursday. Prior to this morning, the county had only seen seven total deaths since reporting its first case of coronavirus in late March.
Warren County has seen a spike of 27 new cases reported in the past six days. Along with those new cases came five additional hospitalizations.
The Lord Fairfax Health District reported 16 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with half of those in Frederick County (6) and Winchester (2). However, Thursday marked only the fourth time in the past month that all six jurisdictions within the health district reported new cases. Thursday also saw new hospitalizations in Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties.
Page County only reported one new case of COVID-19 on Thursday, and according to ZIP code data provided by the state health department, the new case surfaced in the 22835 (Luray) area.
A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 3,170 reported cases, 277 hospitalizations and 116 deaths is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):
- 905 — Frederick County (67-13)
- 811 — Shenandoah County (89-59)
- 510 — City of Winchester (37-4)
- 442 — Warren County (29-10)
- 405 — Page County (43-29)
- 97 — Clarke County (12-1)
Harrisonburg reported only three new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday after 34 straight days of double-digit totals for new cases. Rockingham County reported 17 new cases on Thursday.
Statewide, 450 new cases were reported Thursday — the lowest single-day total for Virginia since July 6. Currently, the state’s seven-day positivity rate stands at 4.5 percent.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Thursday that 913 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is up five since yesterday.
Among those hospitalized, 210 COVID-19 patients are currently in intensive care, according to VHHA. That figure is up 20 since yesterday.
Currently, there are 107 COVID-19 patients statewide on ventilators, up three since yesterday.
Since the pandemic hit Virginia, VHHA reports that 17,713 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.
VDH reported 20 new deaths related to the pandemic on Thursday. That now brings Virginia’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,228.