VDH: 7 new COVID-19 deaths in SWVA, 14 new hospitalizations

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RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – Southwest Virginia counties reported 74 new COVID-19 cases, a single-day record 14 new hospitalizations and seven new deaths Friday according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). 

All seven reported new deaths Friday were in Wise County, where a nursing home outbreak at Heritage Hall in Big Stone Gap now records the most cases of any outbreak in Virginia (211) since the pandemic began.

Wise County’s 48 deaths are the most of any county in News Channel 11’s Southwest Virginia viewing area. Thirty-five of those deaths have been recorded in the past two weeks as the Heritage Hall outbreak has claimed a reported 27 lives.

The region’s 14-day averages for daily COVID deaths and hospitalizations both are at their highest levels.

Statewide, VDH reported 205,632 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.

According to VDH, the total number of confirmed and probable cases is 230,444.

VDH reports there have been 3,704 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths across the state.

VDH reported Thursday morning that there are 14,155 confirmed hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and 296 probable virus-related hospitalizations.

Note: VDH does not report whether cases are active or recovered. County and community case totals can include active, recovered, confirmed and probable cases.

Bristol, Va. – 519 cases / 28 hospitalizations/ 7 deaths
Buchanan County – 408 cases / 21 hospitalizations/ 5 deaths (6 new cases, 2 new hospitalizations)
Dickenson County – 251 cases / 12 hospitalizations/ 1 death
Lee County – 913 cases / 45 hospitalizations/ 14 deaths (15 new cases/ 1 new hospitalization)
Norton – 78 cases / 5 hospitalizations
Russell County – 765 cases / 57 hospitalizations / 9 deaths (13 new cases, 2 new hospitalizations)
Scott County – 754 cases / 53 hospitalizations / 14 deaths (4 new cases/ 1 new hospitalization)
Smyth County – 1,016 cases / 68 hospitalizations / 35 deaths
Tazewell County – 1,001 cases/ 46 hospitalizations/ 7 deaths (16 new cases, 2 new hospitalizations)
Washington County, Va. – 1,685 cases / 119 hospitalizations / 31 deaths (16 new cases)
Wise County – 1,190 cases / 69 hospitalizations / 48 deaths (4 new cases/ 8 new hospitalizations, 7 new deaths)

The Virginia Department of Health does not report recoveries from the virus.

For full coverage of the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, click HERE.

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