Halifax County recorded a second COVID-19 death this week.
The fatality was listed in Wednesday’s data update from the Virginia Department of Health, but it’s not clear when it occurred, since the health department does not reveal data on individual cases.
“We do not speak to that in any shape or form,” said Chris Garrett, a local health emergency coordinator with the Virginia Department of Health when asked about the age and gender of the deceased. “It is up to the family to release that type of information.”
In the last two weeks, Halifax County has added 30 new cases of the illness caused by the coronavirus. The total on Thursday morning was 160 since March. A two-week period is generally used to establish how many active cases there are in an area. The health department does not track active cases.
There’s been little movement in the last few days on cases associated with outbreaks in the Southside Health District — an area that includes Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties. A total of 382 cases are linked to eight outbreaks across the district.
Danville recorded another death on Thursday raising the total there to eight as cases continues to mount in that area. In the last seven days, the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District has added 156 new cases of COVID-19.
The Southside Health District’s percent positive rate — a calculation of the positive results based on the number of tests administered — has fallen to 6.85%. That’s less than the state seven-day average of 7.3%. By contrast, the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District has a 14.7% positive rate.
Henry County has the greatest caseload in Southern Virginia. On Thursday, there were 644 cases of COVID-19 there, an increase of 33 from the previous day. Mecklenburg County’s figures rose to 449 on Thursday.
Across the state, 103,622 cases were recorded in Thursday morning’s update, an increase of 1,101 from the previous day. There were 2,363 deaths reported.
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