COVID Case Rate in Virginia 40% Higher than Previous Record | Southwest Virginia rate almost stable | WJHL


RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – Southwest Virginia reported 215 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday as Virginia broke its one-day record for the second day in a row with 13,500 new cases, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

The seven-day moving average of new cases per 100,000 people in Virginia is 707 and set a record for the fourth day in a row. It is now 39% higher than the previous January 18 record of 507 and 3.5 times higher than it was just two weeks ago.

Southwest Virginia’s rate, meanwhile, fell from 384 Wednesday to 392 Thursday. The statewide rate exceeded that of the rural nine-county area a week ago after cases in Southwest Virginia were much higher than those in the state for more than three month.

But Tazewell and Wise counties have seen their rates rise this week – especially Tazewell, which has reported 127 cases in the past two days, including 69 on Thursday to hit a rate of 579. The rate in Wise County, including including Norton, is 513.

State hospitalizations are also increasing

Only one new death has been reported regionally, in Buchanan County. Six new hospitalizations were reported as of Thursday – two in Tazewell County and one in Russell, Scott, Washington and Wise counties.

Virginia statewide reported 255 new hospitalizations after reporting nearly 400 on Wednesday. Each of the last two days has broken all previous records.

While the Omicron variant is considered less severe in terms of illness, the recent spate of new hospitalizations also places the state at a record high for an average of seven days.

Virginia now has a seven-day moving average of 16.3 new COVID hospitalizations per 100,000. That’s a 50% increase over the past three days and is close to double the Southwest’s rate of 9.7 from Virginia.

For most of late summer and fall, Southwest Virginia’s hospitalization rate doubled to quadruple that of the state.

Statewide, VDH reported 796,132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth on December 30.

According to VDH, the total number of confirmed and probable cases is 1,100,900.

The VDH reports that there has been 13,007 confirmed deaths linked to the coronavirus across the state.

Below is a full breakdown of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Southwest Virginia:

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

Bristol, Virginia. – 2,701 cases / 201 hospitalizations / 58 deaths (7 new cases)
Buchanan County – 3,090 cases / 174 hospitalizations / 85 deaths (5 new cases, 1 new death)
Dickenson County – 2,206 cases / 67 hospitalizations / 38 deaths (16 new cases)
Lee County – 4,126 cases / 147 hospitalizations / 67 deaths (14 new cases)
Norton – 760 cases / 36 hospitalizations / 20 deaths (6 new cases)
Russell County – 4,626 cases / 172 hospitalizations / 77 deaths (19 new cases, 1 new hospitalization)
Scott County – 3,749 cases / 191 hospitalizations / 92 deaths (15 new cases, 1 new hospitalization)
Smyth County – 5,623 cases / 353 hospitalizations / 139 deaths (16 new cases)
Tazewell County – 6,848 cases / 233 hospitalizations / 121 deaths (69 new cases, 2 new hospitalizations)
Washington County, Virginia. – 9,080 cases / 700 hospitalizations / 177 deaths (21 new cases, 1 new hospitalization)
Sage county – 6,548 cases / 258 hospitalizations / 145 deaths (27 new cases, 1 new hospitalization)

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