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COVID-19 cases rise in area

In less than a week, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has reported two deaths from COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County.

Just over the weekend, there have been seven new cases posted in one day to the VDH dashboard for Halifax County bring the total to 50 cases.

Charlotte County has remained at 31 positive cases with four hospitalizations and no deaths for at least two weeks.

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities make up a majority of Virginia’s coronavirus outbreaks. According to the VDH, the two Mecklenburg county deaths were at the Chase City Health and Rehab Center.

According to VDH, on May 8, an outbreak at the Chase City Health and Rehab Center was reported. That outbreak accounted for 92 illnesses and 10 deaths.

As of Tuesday, Mecklenburg County has reported 240 cases of COVID-19.

As of June 29, the VDH database lists one case of COVID-19 reported at the Wayland Nursing Home and Rehabilitation center in Keysville.

Despite the weekend deaths and increased cases in Mecklenburg and Halifax, Virginia’s case count continues to trend downward. Virginia’s hospital bed capacity remains stable, the percentage of individuals hospitalized with a positive or pending COVID-19 test is trending downward, no hospitals are reporting PPE shortages, and the percent of positive tests continues to decline as testing increases.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, as of June 29, there have been 8,023 confirmed COVID-19 patients statewide who have been hospitalized and discharged.

COVID-19 has claimed 1,740 lives statewide.