Southwest Virginia COVID Case Rate Now Higher than Northeast Tennessee | WJHL
Area hospitalization, death rate for September well above state average
RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – The rate of spread of the COVID community in southwestern Virginia has exceeded that in northeastern Tennessee according to data from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
VDH on Thursday reported 307 new cases in southwest Virginia, as well as three new deaths reported overnight. The nine-county region has an average of 594 new weekly cases per 100,000 population.
Northeastern Tennessee’s rate fell last week from over 800 to 534. It was nearly double the southwestern Virginia average in early September.
The average for Southwest Virginia remains more than twice the state rate, which stands at 281.
The region also has population-adjusted hospitalization and death rates that are much higher than Virginia’s for the month of September.
Washington County, Virginia recorded two new deaths from the virus and Wise County recorded one new death. Over the past week, the region’s population-adjusted COVID death rate is more than double that of the state – 5.5 deaths per 100,000 to 2.6.
Through September, COVID deaths in southwest Virginia total 17.6 per 100,000 population to 6.9 statewide.
Ten new hospitalizations were reported – one in Bristol, Buchanan County, Smyth County and Wise County, and six new hospitalizations in Washington County.
For the month, hospitalizations per 100,000 population are 50.4 in Southwest Virginia, 81% higher than the statewide rate of 27.9.
Washington County, which has the highest hospitalization rate of all counties in Virginia during the pandemic, is 94.9 hospitalizations in September per 100,000.
VDH reported 635,157 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth on September 23.
According to VDH, the total number of confirmed and probable cases is 846,979.
The VDH reports that there has been 10,523 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths across the state.
Note: VDH does not report whether cases are active or recovered. County and community case totals can include active, recovered, confirmed, and probable cases.
Bristol, Virginia. – 2,107 cases / 147 hospitalizations / 43 deaths (18 new cases)
Buchanan County – 2,084 cases / 129 hospitalizations / 47 deaths (5 new cases, 1 new hospitalization)
Dickenson County – 1,387 cases / 53 hospitalizations / 21 deaths (4 new cases)
Lee County – 3,273 cases / 128 hospitalizations / 51 deaths (40 new cases)
Norton – 473 cases / 25 hospitalizations / 8 deaths (6 new cases)
Russell County – 3,237 cases / 145 hospitalizations / 46 deaths (20 new cases)
Scott County – 2,616 cases / 154 hospitalizations / 68 deaths (22 new cases)
Smyth County – 3,985 cases / 243 hospitalizations / 100 deaths (46 new cases, 1 new hospitalization)
Tazewell County – 5,123 cases / 211 hospitalizations / 84 deaths (58 new cases)
Washington County, Virginia. – 6,693 cases / 516 hospitalizations / 126 deaths (37 new cases, 6 new hospitalizations, 2 new deaths)
Sage county – 4,480 cases / 211 hospitalizations / 118 deaths (51 new cases, 1 new hospitalization, 1 new death)
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