SW VA COVID case rates continue to slowly decline | WJHL

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RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – Southwest Virginia’s new COVID-19 case rate fell slightly on Tuesday after 531 new cases were reported in the nine-county area, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

The new numbers brought the seven-day rolling average of new cases per 100,000 down slightly to 1,246, nearly triple Virginia’s statewide rate of 431. an Omicron variant peak of 1,543 set on January 13.

Virginia’s rate has fallen steadily for nearly four weeks now, including a 38% drop last week compared to a drop of just 17% in the region, from 1,503 to 1,246.

The highest local rates are in Wise and Smyth counties, both above 1,600. Every county in the region has a rate more than double the state average.

Reported COVID deaths are at their highest statewide level in nearly a year, as deaths from the statewide Omicron outbreak from late December are reported . Omicron came a little later to southwest Virginia, and those numbers just started to increase in the area.

Three new COVID deaths were reported on Tuesday, including one in Smyth, Washington and Wise counties. The seven-day rate of reported COVID deaths per 100,000 is now 10.5 in southwest Virginia, its highest point since early October.

Vaccination rates in Southwest Virginia are among the lowest in the country. Statewide, the total number of fully immunized people is 22% higher than the region.

Statewide, VDH reported 1,133,159 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth on February 8.

According to VDH, the total number of confirmed and probable cases is 1,588,958.

VDH reports that there has been 14,324 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths across the state.

Below is a full breakdown of local COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Southwest Virginia, with new case numbers as of February 8.

Note: VDH does not report whether cases are active or recovered. County and community case totals may include active, recovered, confirmed and probable cases.

Bristol, Virginia – 4,086 cases / 209 hospitalizations / 64 deaths (22 new cases)
Buchanan County –
4,301 cases / 186 hospitalizations / 91 deaths (37 new cases, 1 new hospitalization)
Dickenson County –
3,032 cases / 70 hospitalizations / 40 deaths (21 new cases)
Lee County –
5,688 cases / 154 hospitalizations / 76 deaths (31 new cases, 1 new hospitalization)
Norton–
1,173 cases / 37 hospitalizations / 21 deaths (28 new cases)
Russell County –
6,254 cases / 183 hospitalizations / 91 deaths (31 new cases)
Scott County –
5,222 cases / 197 hospitalizations / 95 deaths (22 new cases)
Smyth County –
7,844 cases / 371 hospitalizations / 145 deaths (75 new cases, 1 new hospitalization, 1 new death)
Tazewell County –
9,074 cases / 251 hospitalizations / 136 deaths (49 new cases, 1 new hospitalization)
Washington County, Virginia –
12,778 cases / 726 hospitalizations / 195 deaths (108 new cases, 1 new death)
County wise –
9,192 cases / 283 hospitalizations / 163 deaths (107 new cases, 1 new death)

For complete coverage of the entire Commonwealth of Virginia, click HERE.

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