Two new deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded in Mecklenburg County, the Virginia Department of Health reports.
The deaths were included in Wednesday’s daily data release online. According to a database on nursing home cases, two additional deaths were at Chase City Health and Rehab Center.
On April 4, the Virginia Department of Health was notified of an outbreak at Sentara Meadow View Terrace. While that outbreak is now listed as “pending closure,” 83 people were infected and 13 died. On May 8, the department learned of an outbreak at Chase City Health and Rehab Center. That outbreak, also listed as pending closure, sickened 92 people and caused 10 deaths.
It wasn’t until last week that Gov. Ralph Northam made public the listing of nursing homes with cases and deaths of COVID-19.
While Halifax County had not recorded any new cases of COVID-19 since Tuesday, neighboring Pittsylvania County’s figures continue to jump. On Thursday, seven new cases were added there for a total of 95.
In Virginia, there were 59,946 cases of COVID-19 reported on Thursday morning, representing an increase of 432 from the previous day. Included in those numbers are what the health department classifies as probable cases, meaning someone is showing signs of the illness and had contact with someone else who tested positive.
There were 1,675 deaths recorded in the state.
On Wednesday, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation released a new report projecting 180,000 deaths in the United States by Oct. 1 from COVID-19.
The forecast shows 179,106 deaths, but those numbers drop to 146,047, if at least 95% of people wear masks in public.
“There is no doubt that even as states open up, the United States is still grappling with a large epidemic on a course to increase beginning in late August and intensifying in September,” said Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the institute. “People need to know that wearing masks can reduce transmission of the virus by as much as 50%, and those who refuse are putting their lives, their families, their friends and their communities at risk.”
The new U.S. forecast is lower than the forecast of 201,129 deaths released on June 15. California and other states have seen over the past several weeks increasing case numbers, but deaths are not yet rising at the same rate, a trend which could change in the coming weeks.
“States reporting the ages of confirmed cases suggest there are more cases being detected in younger people who are at substantially lower risk of death than older people,” Murray said. “It remains to be seen how this will unfold over the next few weeks, and if transmission continues to go up, we may see increasing infections in at-risk populations.”