Pittsylvania-Danville, with 30 new cases today, now reports 1,437 total cases of the novel coronavirus. Health officials today reported 14 new cases in Danville and 16 in the county.
The Virginia Department of Health today reported 1,126 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 123,668.
The VDH has also reported 14 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District.
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 1,619,053 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 215 cases of the virus.
In the district, 67 healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19.
The death toll in the Commonwealth stands at 2,652.
Four people died of COVID-19 in Danville City this week, with two deaths recorded on Tuesday. Three were women in their eighties and one was a man in his eighties.
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 20 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 12 persons were over 80 years old at the time of death, according to information from the VDH.
Twelve victims were female and eight were male.
In Virginia, 9,741 people have been hospitalized with the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic to date. Health officials have hospitalized 104 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.