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SW Va. COVID-19 cases level for second straight day

Mike Still • Apr 30, 2020 at 8:30 PM

Southwest Virginia saw its second straight day Thursday without a change in its COVID-19 case tally.

According to the Virginia Department of Health (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus), the LENOWISCO Health District’s total confirmed reports remained at 40 cases and two deaths. Wise County reported 22 cases and one death to date during the pandemic, with seven cases and one death in Scott County.

Lee County has had nine cases and no deaths, while Norton has had two cases and no deaths.

The LENOWISCO district reported 828 people tested since the pandemic began, or 0.96% of the district’s 86,471 residents. The state’s testing rate as of Thursday was 1.5% — 90,843 of the state’s 8.63 million people.

The Tennessee Department of Health (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov) reported one new case in Sullivan County Thursday, for a pandemic total of 30 cases and one death. Hawkins County remained at 30 cases and two deaths since Wednesday, and Washington County remained at 54 cases and no deaths since Monday.

Testing rates across Northeast Tennessee stood at:

— Hawkins County, 1.43%, or 814 of 56,786 residents

— Sullivan County, 0.84%, or 1,330 of 158,348 residents

— Washington County, 1.33%, or 1,720 or 129,375 residents

Statewide, Virginia reported 15,846 total cases Thursday, for 846 new cases, and 532 deaths — an increase of 30.

On Wednesday, Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver said that case and death data would start to be reported at the ZIP code level instead of county and city level in a few days.

In Tennessee, 10,735 total cases were reported — a 369-case increase from Wednesday — and 199 deaths, or a four-death increase.

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