COVID: 131 new cases, a death in three days
Wise County reported 119 new COVID-19 cases between Monday and yesterday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
As of yesterday, the county had reported a total of 4,669 cases since spring 2020, compared to 4,550 cases as of Monday.
There were 214 county residents hospitalized with COVID as of Thursday.
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 12 since Monday, from 486 to 498.
There were 28 city residents hospitalized with COVID as of yesterday.
The number of total deaths in the city increased by one, from nine to 10.
In Virginia, the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began rose from 642,730 Monday to 648,996 yesterday, an increase of 6,266. The number of “probable” cases rose from 215,122 Monday to 217,780 yesterday, an increase of 2,658.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Virginia increased by 143 to 10,768. The number of probable COVID-19 deaths increased by 15 to 1,982.
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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