COVID in Danville

Two more died of COVID-19 in Danville over the weekend, both women in their eighties.

Pittsylvania-Danville Health District now reports 18 deaths, with 14 coming from Danville City and four coming from the county.

Both new deaths were reported Saturday.

Danville Health Department's Health Emergency Coordinator Chris Garrett told the Star-Tribune the VDH is operating on a lag, explaining five deaths reported in a single day last week.

Garrett said he would not be surprised to know these deaths had been in processing for some time before being reported as the VDH utilizes "super scrutiny" to confirm COVID-19 as the cause of death before tendering a death certificate.

The Virginia Department of Health today reported 119,747 cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth.

Overall, Virginia reports a 7.4-percent positive testing rate, which is 0.9 percent higher than last week. Health officials have tested 1,568,194 people for COVID-19 in the state.

A State of Emergency is still in effect for Virginia in Response to COVID-19.

The death toll in the Commonwealth stands at 2,569.

It continues to be true that greater than 50 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in Virginia occur in long-term care facilities, according to the VDH. 

Of the 18 deaths in Pittsylvania-Danville to date, one person was in their 40s, one person was in their 50s, four persons were in their 60s, two persons were in their 70s and ten persons were over 80 years old at the time of death, according to information from the VDH.

Eleven victims were female and seven were male.

In Virginia, 9,555 people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic to date. Ninety-five have been hospitalized in the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District, marking three new reported hospitalizations this week.

The VDH continues to urge all Virginians to continue to limit exposure by staying 6 feet from others and wearing a cloth mask while in public settings. Wash your hands often, stay home if you are sick and disinfect high-touch surfaces. These are all very important ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

All Virginians should continue to limit group gatherings of more than 250 continue to practice social distancing, avoid mass gatherings and avoid crowded places.

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