Level weekend for COVID-19 cases in region

Mike Still • May 18, 2020 at 7:29 PM

Far Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee saw no new COVID-19 cases or deaths through the weekend, according to health officials in both states.

According to the Virginia Department of Health tracking webpage (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus), the LENOWISCO Health District case and death totals remained at 42 and 4, respectively. Lee County had 10 cases, Norton two cases, Wise County 23 cases and two deaths and Scott County seven cases and two deaths.

Statewide, Virginia reported 31,140 total COVID-19 cases and 1,014 deaths — increases of 732 and 5 from Sunday, respectively. The statewide testing rate was 218,393 of 8.63 million state residents, or 2.53%. The testing total represents 194,677 people given the PCR swab test for the presence of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 and 23,716 people given a serology test to check for the presence of COVID-19 antibodies.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday said that the numbers of people given each type of test would be reported separately on the VDH tracking web page because of greater accuracy of the PCR test.

Testing rates for the LENOWISCO localities were:

- Lee County, 336, or 1.54%.

- Norton, 72, or 1.81%.

- Wise County, 737, or 2%.

- Scott County, 364, or 1.69%.

Totals were adjusted downward in Monday’s VDH locality testing data report for all four localities. The district-wide testing rate was 1.75% of 86,471 district residents.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health’s tracking webpage (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), no new cases or deaths were reported Monday.

Sullivan County remained at 57 cases and two deaths to date, while Hawkins County’s case total was adjusted downward to 31 cases and two deaths.

Carter County stayed at 19 cases and one death and Greene County at 46 cases and two deaths. Washington County stayed at 66 cases, with Johnson County at 15 cases and Unicoi County at three cases.

In Tennessee, the statewide case total rose by 623 to 18,011 since Saturday, while deaths rose by six to 301. The statewide testing rate was 337,428 of 6.83 million residents, or 4.94%.

Testing rates by county in Northeast Tennessee were:

- Hawkins, 1,325 people or 2.33%.

- Sullivan, 3,316 people or 2.1%.

- Washington, 2,793 people or 2.16%.

- Johnson, 1,875 or 10.5%.

- Carter, 1,195 or 2.12%.

- Greene, 1,623 or 2.35%.

- Unicoi, 391 or 2.19%,

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