Halifax County recorded another case of COVID-19 as the state of Virginia surpassed a 50,000-mark milestone in Sunday morning’s data report from the Virginia Department of Health.
The Southside Health District also reported a new outbreak at a correctional facility. The district encompasses Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties, and online data only specifies outbreaks by district and not the locality. The health department defines an outbreak as two or more cases in one setting.
With the additional case reported Sunday, Halifax County’s COVID-19 total reached 32. The first COVID-19-related death was reported last week in Halifax County, but health officials do not release details on individual cases.
Nearby Mecklenburg County also increased to 224 cases, up by five since Friday. Other areas of Southside picked up extra cases in recent days including Danville, Pittsylvania County, Martinsville and Henry County.
As of Sunday in Virginia, there are 50,681 cases of the severe respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, an increase of 1,284 in one day. Included in that total are also probable cases, meaning someone is showing signs of the illness and had contact with someone else who tested positive.
There are 1,472 deaths reported in the state linked to the disease.
Most of Virginia entered what’s known as Phase Two of reopening after the governor ordered many businesses to close in late March in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. On Friday, restaurants were allowed to open to indoor dining at 50% capacity and gyms could resume inside activities at 30% capacity. Areas in Northern Virginia and Richmond remained in Phase One, limiting dining and gyms to outdoor options only.
In the Southside Health District, the health department reports 2,665 testing encounters. While state officials have tried to increase the number of tests throughout Virginia, testing in Southside has dipped slightly since an average of 67 daily tests in late May to about 46 tests a day last week.
The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District’s testing jumped dramatically in Sunday’s report after 581 tests were added from weekend drive-thru events held in Danville and Chatham. The 581 tests likely reflect Friday’s testing in Danville. The results of those tests could take up to a week to receive, according to the health department.