Since Thursday, Halifax County has added six new cases of COVID-19, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health.
The caseload in Halifax reached 63 on Sunday. Statically speaking, that represents 24 active cases. Health officials have noted active cases are generally classified as those added within a two-week period. There’s no data available to the public from the Virginia Department of Health that tracks how long someone is sick with the virus or how many people are recovered. Instead, the only way to measure is by using the general two-week analysis of new cases.
All of the 423 total cases in the Southside Health District — an area that includes Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties — all are listed as confirmed, meaning a positive result from a test. In Virginia, the health department also lists probable cases where someone may show the signs of COVID-19 and had contact with someone else who tested positive.
The Southside Health District lists a 7.5% positive rate, a number that’s climbed from a low of 1.8% on June 14. The percent positive is a seven-day average that measures the number of positive tests with overall number of tests administrated. It’s also a key metric used in easing business and social restrictions.
Last week, Dr. Scott Spillmann, director of the Southside Health District, pointed to a few factors for recent increases, one of those people residents vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, an area that’s become a hotbed for spiking cases.
On Wednesday, Virginia entered what leaders call Phase Three, part of larger plan that eases restrictions imposed in March in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, Gov. Ralph Northam paused congregating in bars.
According to a news release from the governor’s office, the decision was made to reduce the likelihood of patrons gathering in bar areas without observing social distancing guidelines.
That new restriction comes as more states are seeing record increases in new cases.
With the exception of Mecklenburg County, other areas of Southside continue to see daily increases in case. As one example, in the district that encompasses Danville and Pittsylvania County, 48 new cases were added in a one-week period. Henry County has surged passes Mecklenburg with the most cases among Southern Virginia localities. On Sunday, there were 288 reported cases in Henry County.
Across the state, there’s a total of 65,748 cases of COVID-19, representing an increase of 639 since Saturday.