VDH: 26,746 COVID-19 cases in Virginia, second death in Wise Co.

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RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – The Virginia Department of Health reported 26,746 cases of COVID-19 in the state on Wednesday.

VDH said there have been 927 deaths across the state along with 3,520 hospitalizations. The number of testing encounters totaled 180,084 in the Commonwealth Wednesday.

COVID-19 cases remained steady in southwest Virginia this week – the health department didn’t report new cases in the region from Sunday through Tuesday.

While localities in northern Virginia have opted to delay reopening the state due to increased spread of COVID-19, spread in the southwest region of the state slowed – reporting fewer than 20 new cases for the first two weeks of the month.

According to the state health department, counties in southwest Virginia (including Lee, Washington, Smyth, Wise, Russell, Buchanan, Scott and Dickenson counties, along with Nortan and Bristol) are reporting 131 total cases as of Wednesday, where the same counties reported 113 cases on May 1.

The health department reported the following number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in local counties and cities:

Bristol, Va. – 3 case / 1 recovery
Buchanan County – 16 cases
Lee County – 10 cases / 1 hospitalization
Norton – 2 cases / 2 hospitalization
Russell County – 6 cases / 2 hospitalization
Scott County – 7 cases / 2 hospitalization / 2 death
Smyth County – 15 cases / 4 hospitalizations / 11 recoveries
Tazewell County – 7 cases
Washington County, Va. – 49 cases / 8 hospitalizations / 3 deaths
Wise County – 23 cases / 10 hospitalizations / 2 death

Wise County reported a new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the county’s total to 23 cases. A second COVID-19 death was also reported in Wise County.

Out of the 25 cases in Wise County (including cases reported in Norton), 12 of them have required hospitalization, meaning that 48% of the cases in Wise County have required hospitalization.

This is higher than the hospitalization rate for the region (29 out of the 131 cases reported as of Wednesday) which comes to about 14.5%. Hospitalizations in Wise County account for about 41% of the region’s total hospitalizations, according to state data.

The state health department is reporting two COVID-19 outbreaks in the Lenowisco Health District but does not specify the county in which the outbreaks occurred.

For a complete county-by-county map of confirmed cases in Virginia, click here.

Continuing coverage of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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