New COVID-19 cases in Wise, Scott, Sullivan

Mike Still • May 21, 2020 at 5:26 PM

Two new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in the LENOWISCO Health District Thursday.

According to the Virginia Department of Health (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus), Wise and Scott counties each saw one new case in VDH’s Thursday report. That brings Wise County’s pandemic-wide case and death total to 23 and two, with Scott County’s total at eight and two.

According to a cross-referencing of VDH’s daily case reports by ZIP code, the latest Wise County case occurred in the Pound ZIP code area. The Scott County case was either in the Clinchport-Duffield or Gate City-Snowflake area.

The LENOWISCO district case and death total now stands at 44 cases and four deaths. Lee County and Norton’s case totals stand at 10 and two, respectively, with no deaths in either locality.

Statewide, Virginia reported a pandemic total of 34,137 cases and 1,099 deaths — increases of 1,229 and 25, respectively. The statewide testing rate for people with nasal swab and blood tests was 241,957 of 8.63 million state residents, or 2.8% of the population. For nasal swab testing only, 216,890 people have been tested to date, or 2.51%.

Across the LENOWISCO district, 1,610 people have been tested via nasal swab during the pandemic — 1.86% of the district’s 86,471 residents. Nasal swab testing rates for the district’s four main localities were:

— Lee County, 362 or 1.86%

— Norton, 73 or 1.83%

— Wise County, 779 or 2.1%

— Scott County, 385 or 1.84%

The Virginia Department of Corrections adjusted confirmed cases a second time for Wallens Ridge State Prison near Big Stone Gap since initial reports in April of two cases among staff or contractors at the prison and a third staff/contractor case shortly afterward. Thursday’s listed case total for Wallens Ridge was one. No cases have been listed at Red Onion State Prison near Pound or Wise Correctional Unit near Coeburn since the pandemic began.

In Northeast Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Department of Health (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), Sullivan County added two more cases to bring its pandemic total to 60 cases and two deaths. TDH adjusted Washington County’s cases total downward to 68 from Wednesday’s reported 71 confirmed cases.

Hawkins County remained at 31 cases and two deaths, Carter County at 19 cases and one death and Greene County at 46 cases and two deaths. Johnson and Unicoi counties stayed at 15 and three cases, respectively.

Across Tennessee, 18,961 total cases and 313 deaths were reported Thursday, for increases of 429 and four, respectively. The statewide pandemic testing rate was 5.28 or 360,583 of 6.83 million state residents. Testing rates for Northeast Tennessee counties were:

— Hawkins, 1,358 or 2.39%

— Sullivan, 3,466 or 2.19%

— Washington, 2,859 or 2.21%

— Johnson, 1,884 or 10.6%

— Carter, 1,224 or 2.17%

— Greene, 1,664 or 2.41%

— Unicoi, 407 or 2.28%