Halifax County’s COVID-19 caseload increased by five since Sunday’s data report by the Virginia Department of Health.

On Tuesday, there were 68 cases of the illness caused by the coronavirus in the county. Of those, 27 were recorded in the last two weeks. In statistical measures, those 27 are considered active cases. While the health department does not track when patients are recovered, officials generally use the two-week period from when a positive test was found to determine active cases, although that method is only based on metrics.

Four patients are hospitalized in Halifax County, health department data showed Tuesday.

Danville’s caseload remained steady at 99 since Sunday, but Pittsylvania County added two new cases. Mecklenburg added only one new case since Sunday’s report, but had the highest number of hospitalizations — 31 — in Southside.

Henry County surpassed the 300 mark on Tuesday to record 301 cases, an increase of 13 since Sunday. Martinsville also saw a big jump — going from 86 on Sunday to 98 on Tuesday morning.

Across the state, there were 66,704 cases reported Tuesday representing an increase of 956 in a two-day span. Those numbers also include probable cases, defined by the health department as someone showing signs of the illness who also had contact with another person who tested positive. In the Southside Health District that includes Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties, all reported cases have been confirmed with a positive test.

In total, there have been 1,881 deaths associated with COVID-19.

Tuesday's data

Location Cases Deaths
Halifax County 68 1
Mecklenburg County 249 28
Danville 99 2
Pittsylvania County 139 1
Henry County 301 5
Martinsville 98 1