The Virginia Department of Health reported Wednesday that the state’s cumulative total for COVID-19 cases during the pandemic is now up to 226,300 — an increase of 2,718 from Tuesday.
The 226,300 cases consist of 202,426 confirmed cases and 23,874 probable cases. There are 4,008 COVID-19 deaths in Virginia — 3,679 confirmed and 329 probable. That’s an increase of 29 from the 3,979 reported Tuesday.
The worsening picture for COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health District that moved Sovah Health to send out a memo to the community on Tuesday got a little worse on Wednesday. There is another death reported by the Virginia Department of Health, and the number of cases surged by 93, as one health official said that people in the community continued to pass the virus in small gatherings. This latest death was in Franklin County – the 17th there and the fifth in the district in the past two days – and was a white male between the ages of 70 and 79.
The Prince William Health District shattered its one-day record for COVID-19 cases on Thanksgiving Eve, adding 345 new cases and two additional deaths.
It marked the first time ever that the number of new cases reported in Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park exceeded 300 and beat the last one-day record, set on May 26, by about 50 cases.
The Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday a reduction in COVID-19 cases since its last testing date on Nov. 9.
The sheriff’s office said in a release that it worked with the Virginia Department of Health to test 1,532 inmates, deputies, civilians and contractors for COVID-19 on Nov. 20.
Health officials are making one final plea for people to follow recommendations about Thanksgiving gatherings with people outside your household. Dr. Noelle Bissell with the New River Health District said we tend to let our guard down when we gather with friends and family. And those small gatherings are fueling the spread of COVID-19 right now.
As Americans wait for COVID-19 vaccines to be deployed, health officials in the Culpeper and Fredericksburg areas are offering a glimpse of what lies ahead.
In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, which serves the Culpeper area, Health Director Wade Kartchner said the initially limited vaccines will be distributed according to a tiered system of priorities.
More than 12,000 volunteers have stepped up to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic, but officials say more will be needed before it’s all over. Since March the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps has seen a 50% increase in its rolls. Just over half of those volunteers have a medical background.
With coronavirus cases surging ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, medical workers at Virginia Commonwealth University are offering a behind-the-scenes look at the frontline fight against the pandemic.
In a five-minute video released Monday as part of a VCU public service campaign, doctors and nurses describe the burden of a pandemic that is still shattering records more than eight months since it began.