UVA MAP 09-14

Three were reported dead today of COVID-19 in Danville and one more was reported dead in Pittsylvania County. Overnight, the health district's death toll has jumped from 23 to 27.

The Virginia Department of Health confirmed that one person in her sixties died, two people in their seventies died and one person over 80 died.

All four reported dead today are women. Eight men and 19 women have died of COVID-19 in Pittsylvania-Danville, however, in Virginia, more men have died of the virus than women.

The health district has also reported two new outbreaks of the virus.

Brookdale Danville Piedmont, an assisted living facility in Danville, reported an outbreak over the weekend.

The facility confirmed its first outbreak April 20. Saturday, the second outbreak was reported. The other new outbreak is reported to have come from a congregate setting.

Pittsylvania-Danville has now reported 16 outbreaks of COVID-19, with 262 outbreak-associated cases and 81 healthcare workers infected.

Seven local long-term care or health facilities have reported outbreaks.

Today, there are 1,662 cases of COVID-19 in the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District.

The University of Virginia COVID-19 model expects Pittsylvania-Danville to have more than double the number of cases on Thanksgiving as it does now.

The health district is reporting an average of 18 new cases per day, according to the VDH.

Overall, Virginia is reporting a 7.2-percent positive testing rate. That's half a percent lower than last week.

The VDH has also reclassified Pittsylvania-Danville as a "Slow Growth" area. The model describes four categories: declining, plateau, slow growth and surge.

Most health districts in Virginia are now at a plateau or declining, but Pittsylvania-Danville's COVID-19 status continues to worsen.

In the commonwealth, the VDH has reported 134,571 cases of the virus. The statewide death toll stands at 2,743.

Health officials have hospitalized 10,293 people in the state, with 123 hospitalizations coming from the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District.

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

A State of Emergency remains in effect in Virginia in response to COVID-19.

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