Halifax and Mecklenburg counties added more cases of COVID-19 in the Virginia Department of Health’s data report on Tuesday morning.
Halifax County now as 24 cases of the severe respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. That’s two new cases since Monday.
Mecklenburg County’s caseload stands at 138 and has been growing since the health department reported another outbreak at a long-term care facility in Saturday’s data update.
An outbreak is defined as two or more positive cases at one site. The health department does not specify individual facilities in reporting. There are four total outbreaks for the Southside Health District; three are listed in long-term care facilities and one is a health care setting.
In the Southside Health District encompassing Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties, there are 175 total cases. The department reports 99 of those are associated with the four outbreaks and 52 involve health care workers.
By comparison, in the nearby Pittsylvania-Danville Health District there are 56 cases reported and only two of those are linked to an outbreak at a long-term care facility. Five health care workers in that district have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Across Virginia, there were 24,601 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday morning. That’s an increase of 712 cases since Monday. In addition, there are 1,199 probable case in the commonwealth, meaning someone is showing symptoms of the virus and had contact with another person who tested positive.
There are 891 deaths in Virginia attributed to COVID-19.