Area sees 90 cases, one death in three days
There were 81 new COVID-19 cases reported in Wise County between Monday and yesterday, according the Virginia Department of Health.
As of Thursday, the county had racked up a total of 3,765 cases since spring 2020, compared to 3,684 cases as of Monday.
The county’s total number of deaths associated with COVID-19 increased by one, from 108 to 109.
The health department’s cumulative positive case count for Norton increased by nine, from 360 to 369.
The number of total deaths in the city remained at seven.
The delta variant of the virus continues to spread at an increasing pace locally and statewide.
In Virginia, the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began rose from 567,306 Monday to 573,869 yesterday, an increase of 6,563. The number of “probable” cases rose from 173,853 Monday to 177,263 yesterday, an increase of 3,410.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Virginia increased by 45 to 9,905. The number of probable COVID-19 deaths increased by nine to 1,824.
To look at the health department’s data, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov and go to the COVID-19 Data and Resources section.
Nearly 46 percent of Wise County residents and nearly 53 percent of Norton residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to health department statistics.
However, only 37 percent of county residents and nearly 42 percent of Norton residents are fully vaccinated.
Gov. Ralph Northam announced Aug. 12 that 73 percent of Virginians 18 and older had received at least one dose.
Guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifies that those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
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