County, city mark 83 new cases, another death
The local spread of COVID-19 continues.
Wise County reported 70 new cases between last Thursday and yesterday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
As of yesterday, the county had reported a total of 4,550 cases since spring 2020, compared to 4,480 cases as of Thursday.
There were 213 county residents hospitalized with COVID as of Monday.
The county’s total number of deaths associated with COVID-19 remained at 118.
The health department’s cumulative positive case count for Norton increased by 13 since last Thursday, from 473 to 486.
There were 28 city residents hospitalized with COVID as of yesterday.
The number of total deaths in the city increased by one, from eight to nine.
In Virginia, the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began rose from 635,157 Thursday to 642,730 yesterday, an increase of 7,573. The number of “probable” cases rose from 211,822 Thursday to 215,122 yesterday, an increase of 3,300.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Virginia increased by 102 to 10,625. The number of probable COVID-19 deaths increased by 27 to 1,967.
To look at the health department’s data, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov and go to the COVID-19 Data and Resources section.
As of yesterday, nearly 49 percent of Wise County residents and nearly 56 percent of Norton residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to health department statistics.
However, only 40 percent of county residents and slightly more than 45 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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