Southwest Virginia sees new COVID-19 case, fourth death

Mike Still • May 13, 2020 at 6:06 PM

After 11 days of no change in COVID-19 cases, Southwest Virginia reported one case and a death Wednesday.

According to the Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 tracking webpage (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus), Wise County was the site of the latest increase in the LENOWISCO Health District, with one new confirmed case and a death. That brings Wise County’s total to 22 cases and two deaths since the pandemic began in early March.

According to the to VDH’s cases by ZIP code, the latest reported LENOWISCO district COVID-19 case was from the Appalachia area, bringing that locality’s total to 10 cases since early March.

Lee County remained at 10 cases and no deaths, Scott County at seven cases and two deaths and Norton with two cases. The LENOWISCO district stands at 42 cases and four deaths since the pandemic began.

Statewide, Virginia has a total of 26,746 total cases and 927 deaths, an increase of 946 cases and 36 deaths. Of 8.63 million state residents, 160,077 have been tested to date for a 1.85% testing rate. The LENOWISCO testing rate stood at 1.65%, or 1,431 of the district’s 86,471 residents.

Across the district, testing rates were:

— Lee County, 306 of 23,423 residents, or 1.31%

— Norton, 71 of 3,981 residents, or 1.78%

— Wise County, 729 of 37,383, or 1.95%

— Scott County, 325 of 21,566, or 1.51%

In Tennessee, according to the state Department of Health’s COVID-19 webpage (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), Johnson County added another four cases to a six-case increase reported Tuesday, for a total of 15 confirmed COVID-19 cases during the pandemic. Greene County added one case Wednesday, raising its total to 47 cases and two deaths.

The TDH adjusted Washington County’s case total downward from 65 to 64 and no deaths Wednesday. Hawkins County remained at 31 cases and two deaths, Sullivan County at 54 cases and two deaths, Carter County at 18 cases and one death and Unicoi County at three cases.

The Tennessee-wide case total increased by 260 to 16,370 Wednesday and the death total rose by nine to 273. The statewide testing rate was 4.29%, or 292,917of 6.83 million state residents.

The county testing rates Wednesday stood at:

— Johnson County, 1,796 of 17,788, or 10.1%

— Hawkins, 1,176 of 56,786, or 2.1%

— Sullivan, 2,599 of 158,348, or 1.64%

— Washington, 2,501 of 129,375, or 1.93%

— Carter, 1,076 of 56,391, or 1.9%

— Greene, 1,446 of 69,069, or 2.1%

— Unicoi, 323 of 17,883, or 1.81%

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