Led in part by outbreaks at long-term care facilities, COVID-19 cases topped 700 this weekend in Halifax County.
On Sunday, the official tally was 708. Ten residents have died from the illness caused by the coronavirus, with two of those deaths reported last week.
South Boston Health and Rehab — the facility formerly known as Woodview — reported an outbreak on Oct. 23, according to online data. Last week, there were 145 cases of the illness caused by the coronavirus, according to Brookie Crawford, a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Health.
At Berry Hill Health and Rehab Center, there were eight cases linked to an outbreak reported there Nov. 4.
Online data through the Virginia Long-Term Care Task Force has yet to record all of those cases for the former Woodview facility. As of Sunday, only 41 cases were listed there.
Saber, a Cleveland-based company, completed the purchase of Sentara Woodview —along with other Virginia nursing homes and facilities in Sentara Healthcare’s Life Care division — on Nov. 1.
An email requesting an update on the outbreak was not returned over the weekend from Saber.
On a statewide milestone, Virginia surpassed 200,000 cases on Saturday. The figure by Sundy was 201,960.
Across the nation, cases are rising to off-the-charts levels. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100,000 cases a day have been recorded for the last week. A total of 194,610 cases were reported on Thursday alone.