Thursday, December 1 2022

RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – Southwest Virginia’s seven-day new COVID-19 case rate has increased 28% over the past two days and is now higher than the peak rate reached at the statewide last week after the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 823 new cases on Friday.

That total is the second-highest single-day record ever for the rural nine-county region. The VDH reported a record 1,131 new cases on Thursday. The region’s seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 population is 1,555, 32% higher than Virginia’s statewide rate of 1,175.

The 7-day rate of new COVID-19 cases in Southwest Virginia is 3.6 times higher than it was in late December.

When Virginia’s rate peaked at 1,543 just eight days ago, it was 61% higher than Southwest Virginia’s average of 960. Cases of the Omicron variant began sending much higher rates to urban areas of Virginia about 10 days before it happened in southwestern Virginia.

Southwest Virginia’s case rate was up 63% last week and 144% from two weeks ago, when it was 637. Virginia’s case rate, meanwhile, fell 23% last week and is 2% lower than it was two weeks ago when it stood at 1,200.

VDH reported no new deaths in the state on Friday and no new hospitalizations were reported in southwestern Virginia.

Each county has a higher rate than the state average at this point. Washington County (including Bristol) is highest at 1,750 – more than double its high during the Delta Variation surge – and Dickenson is lowest at 1,292.

The region’s vaccination rates are well below state and national averages.

Statewide, VDH reported 1,037,022 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth on January 21.

According to VDH, the total number of confirmed and probable cases is 1,451,713.

VDH reports that there has been 13,232 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths across the state.

Below is a full breakdown of local cases of COVID-19hospitalizations and deaths in southwestern Virginia, with new case numbers on January 21:

Note: VDH does not report whether cases are active or recovered. County and community case totals may include active, recovered, confirmed and probable cases.

Bristol, Virginia. – 3,404 cases / 208 hospitalizations / 61 deaths (52 new cases)
Buchanan County – 3,769 cases / 181 hospitalizations / 90 deaths (27 new cases)
Dickenson County – 2,635 cases / 68 hospitalizations / 40 deaths (41 new cases)
Lee County – 4,741 cases / 150 hospitalizations / 72 deaths (55 new cases)
Norton – 971 cases / 37 hospitalizations / 20 deaths (15 new cases)
Russell County – 5,437 cases / 180 hospitalizations / 80 deaths (59 new cases)
Scott County – 4,493 cases / 193 hospitalizations / 93 deaths (60 new cases)
Smith County – 6,622 cases / 364 hospitalizations / 142 deaths (128 new cases)
Tazewell County – 7,938 cases / 244 hospitalizations / 126 deaths (131 new cases)
Washington County, Virginia. – 11,010 cases / 717 hospitalizations / 190 deaths (166 new cases)
wise county – 7,722 cases / 274 hospitalizations / 154 deaths (89 new cases)

For complete coverage of the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, click HERE.

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