Winchester sees spike in new cases

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COVID-19 Coronavirus in Page County, Virginia
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By Randy Arrington

LURAY, July 13 — The City of Winchester reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, with another 17 new cases reported in surrounding Frederick County.

The Virginia Department of Health reported a total of 64 new cases of the coronavirus within the Lord Fairfax Health District in the last three days. However, the only new hospitalization reported during that time was in Clarke County on Monday. The health district has not reported a new death related to the pandemic since Friday.

Page County saw six new cases of COVID-19 surface over the weekend, with three of those reported on Monday. Since Friday, 55 people in the county have been tested, according to ZIP code data provided by VDH. Page has not reported a new hospitalization in six days, and no new pandemic fatalities since June 2.

Shenandoah and Warren counties each reported nine new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, while Clarke County had three.

A cumulative breakdown by jurisdiction of the health district’s 2,200 cases of COVID-19 is as follows (hospitalizations – deaths):

  • 615 — Shenandoah County (67-35)
  • 553 — Frederick County (42-6)
  • 356 — City of Winchester (25-3)
  • 313 — Warren County (19-8)
  • 302 — Page County (30-23)
  • 61 — Clarke County (7-0)

Harrisonburg reported 12 new cases of the coronavirus over the weekend, with nine reported on Monday. Rockingham County reported 24 new cases in the last three days, with 13 of those on Monday. Each locality reported one new hospitalization, but neither has seen a new death related to the pandemic in several days.

Statewide, 972 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday. That followed 888 new cases reported Sunday, 851 on Saturday and 943 on Friday. To give some perspective, Florida recently surpassed 15,000 new cases in a single day — while Virginia reported 3,654 new cases of the coronavirus in the past four days. However, the Old Dominion has seen a recent rise in new cases and in hospitalizations.

From May 14 to May 30, Virginia reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day nine times during that 17-day period. The peak came on May 25-26, when the state reported 3,098 new cases in two days. In June, new cases trended down while still fluctuating on average between 450 to 650 new cases per day. 

In the last four days, Virginia has seen new cases range from 851 to 972 each day. In addition, hospitalizations are on the rise as well.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported Wednesday that 1,129 people are currently hospitalized that have either been confirmed to have COVID-19 or are awaiting test results. That figure is up 123 since Friday, including an increase of 84 on Monday. The number of current hospitalizations in Virginia surpassed 1,000 on Friday for the the first time since June 12.

Among those hospitalized, 243 are in intensive care, according to VHHA — up 15 since yesterday. Currently, there are 105 patients statewide on ventilators — that figure is up eight in two days.

Since the pandemic began, VHHA also reports that 9,330 people who have been confirmed to have COVID-19 and were hospitalized, have been discharged.

Some believe that if the current trend continues, the state could slip back into Phase II conditions in August. However, one piece of good news is a low fatality rate for the last three days.

After four days of increases in COVID-19 deaths in Virginia, the state reported only 10 deaths over the weekend. That brings the total to 1,968 fatalities reported statewide since March 14. 

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