115 COVID-19 deaths reported in Southwest VA since February 1 | WJHL
115 COVID-19 deaths reported in Southwest VA since February 1 |  WJHL

115 COVID-19 deaths reported in Southwest VA since February 1 | WJHL

RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – Southwest Virginia continues to report a high number of COVID-19 deaths, as recent deaths from the rise of the Omicron variant have been certified, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The region’s new COVID-19 case rate also remains well above the state average.

The nine-county region reported seven COVID-19 deaths Thursday after also reporting seven Wednesdays. During the two-day period, that included four deaths in Tazewell County, two each in Dickenson and Wise counties and one each in Buchanan, Lee, Scott, Washington and Smyth counties, as well as one in Bristol.

The reported totals across the country were the highest in more than a week, with 108 on Wednesday and 102 on Thursday. Death reports are lagging, so they are likely from deaths that occurred one to three weeks ago.

Southwest Virginia’s new COVID-19 case rate is down about a third of its peak, but remains far higher than the state rate. (WJHL image)

A total of 221 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Thursday. Southwest Virginia’s seven-day rate of new cases per. 100,000 is 542, which is more than three times the state average of 174. Smyth County has the region’s highest current case rate of 738 with Washington County (including Bristol) the lowest at 394.

Southwest Virginia also continues to report new COVID-19 hospitalizations, with nine reported Wednesday and six Thursday. Of the total of 15, two were each reported in Norton, Bristol and Smyth, Lee and Wise counties. One hospitalization was reported in Dickenson, Russell, Scott, Tazewell and Washington counties.

Since 1 September, the COVID-19 death rate per 100,000 190 in southwest Virginia, which is two and a half times the number of 76 in the entire state. Since the first of the year, 179 additional COVID deaths have been reported in the order of 285,000 people.

nation-wide, It informs VDH 1,165,816 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth on 24 February.

According to VDH, the total number of confirmed and probable cases are 1,634,851.

VDH reports that has been 15,270 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths across the state.

Below is a complete overview of local COVID-19 caseshospitalizations and deaths in southwest Virginia, with new case numbers on Feb. 24. (New deaths and hospitalizations cover two days)

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

Bristol, Va. – 4,320 cases / 214 admissions / 68 deaths (5 new cases, 1 new admission 1 new death)
Buchanan County –
4,632 cases / 189 admissions / 96 deaths (25 new cases, 1 new death)
Dickenson County –
3,239 cases / 72 hospitalizations / 43 deaths (11 new cases, 1 new hospitalization, 2 new deaths)
Lee County –
6,111 cases / 159 admissions / 83 deaths (31 new cases, 2 new admissions, 1 new death)
Norton –
1,282 cases / 40 admissions / 22 deaths (7 new cases, 2 new admissions)
Russell County –
6,693 cases / 188 hospitalizations / 96 deaths (22 new cases, 1 new hospitalization)
Scott County –
5,644 cases / 201 admissions / 99 deaths (6 new cases, 1 new admission, 1 new death)
Smyth County –
8,545 cases / 382 admissions / 159 deaths (39 new cases, 2 new admissions, 1 new death)
Tazewell County –
9,843 cases / 254 hospitalizations / 151 deaths (27 new cases, 1 new hospitalization, 4 new deaths)
Washington County, Va. –
13,508 cases / 732 hospitalizations / 204 deaths (23 new cases, 1 new hospitalization, 1 new death)
Wise County –
9,990 cases / 291 admissions / 177 deaths (33 new cases, 2 new admissions, 2 new deaths)

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