Area sees 82 new cases, three deaths

October 19, 2021

Wise County reported 70 new COVID-19 cases between last Thursday and yesterday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

As of yesterday, the county had reported a total of 5,098 cases since spring 2020, compared to 5,028 cases as of last Thursday.
There were 226 county residents hospitalized with COVID as of yesterday.

The county’s total number of deaths associated with COVID-19 increased by three, from 122 to 125.

The health department’s cumulative positive case count for Norton increased by 12 between last Thursday and yesterday, from 541 to 553.

There were 28 city residents hospitalized with COVID as of yesterday.
The number of total deaths in the city remained at 13.

In Virginia, the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began rose from 671,370 Thursday to 675,975 yesterday, an increase of 4,605. The number of “probable” cases rose from 229,211 Thursday to 231,907 yesterday, an increase of 2,696.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Virginia increased by 112 to 11,346. The number of probable COVID-19 deaths increased by 29 to 2,140.

To look at the health department’s data, visit and go to the COVID-19 Data and Resources section.


As of yesterday, almost 50 percent of Wise County residents and 57 percent of Norton residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to health department statistics.

Almost 42 percent of county residents and about 47 percent of Norton residents are fully vaccinated.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced in mid-August 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.