The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District reported three new deaths of COVID-19 over the holiday weekend, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
One died of COVID-19 in Pittsylvania County Saturday, and two more died Monday, one in Pittsylvania County and the other in Danville City. This brings the district death toll to 23, with 17 deaths in Danville and six in the county.
The VDH reported one person in their forties died, one person in their fifties died and one person in their eighties died of the virus this weekend. Two victims were female and one was male.
Pittsylvania-Danville now reports 1,555 total cases of the novel coronavirus. Health officials Tuesday reported over 100 new cases in the district over the long weekend.
The Virginia Department of Health Tuesday also reported 836 new cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, bringing the state total to 128,407.
Overall, Virginia reports a 7.7-percent positive testing rate. That's 1.2 percent higher than last week, at 6.5 percent. Two weeks ago, the positive test rate was just 5.6 percent.
Health officials have tested 1,684,048 people for COVID-19 in the state.
The VDH has also reported 14 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District. Four outbreaks came from long-term care facilities, seven came from congregate settings like festivals or churches, one came from a correctional center, Green Rock, and two came from other healthcare facilities.
Outbreaks in Pittsylvania-Danville account for 230 cases of the virus.
Fifteen new cases over the holiday weekend were associated with outbreaks in Pittsylvania-Danville.
In the district, 68 healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19.
The death toll in the Commonwealth stands at 2,686, with more than 30 deaths statewide over the long weekend.
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.
The VDH is experiencing a lag reporting COVID-19 deaths as officials employ "super-scrutiny" to verify COVID-19 as the cause of death in patients, Danville Health Department's Health Emergency Coordinator Chris Garrett said. It is possible that more have died of the virus in the district this week that are yet unreported.
Of the 23 deaths in Pittsylvania-Danville to date, two persons were in their 40s, two persons were in their 50s, four persons were in their 60s, two persons were in their 70s and 13 persons were over 80 years old at the time of death, according to information from the VDH.
Fourteen victims were female and nine were male.
In Virginia, 9,932 people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic to date. Health officials have hospitalized 108 people in the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District.
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.
A State of Emergency remains in effect in Virginia in response to COVID-19.