COVID-19 cases in the Southside Health District — an area that encompasses Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties — are continuing on a slow growth trajectory, a new classification of surge areas the University of Virginia has developed.
For the second week, the UVa COVID-19 model placed Halifax County under the designation that means there’s sustained growth in case, but it’s not rapid enough to be considered a surge.
Halifax County added 54 cases of COVID-19 over the last seven days, according to Sunday data from the Virginia Department of Health.
A dozen new cases alone were recorded in Sunday’s online update.
Halifax has been an outlier for COVID-19 cases among Southern Virginia localities, and remains at the bottom of the list for caseloads.
However, last week the numbers started to increase at higher rates and even set a new record of 14 cases in a single-day.
Even with the recent growth, at 289 total cases, Halifax trails other Southside areas.
For example, neighboring Pittsylvania County had 906 cases on Sunday. Henry County has the largest numbers of cases of the illness caused by the coronavirus at 953.
In the Southside Health District, the 30-39 age group has the most cases with 223.
Also, at 13%, the Southside district has a higher percent positive average than the 7.5% for the state overall. The percent positive is a key metric that measures the number of positive results against the amount of tests administered.
Outbreaks at nursing homes in the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District have widened. Another outbreak was reported Saturday at a facility that previously recorded an outbreak in April.
On Sunday, there were 133,814 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, an increase of 874 from the previous day. There were 2,724 COVID-19 deaths.
Gov. Ralph Northam is scheduled to give an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic at a Tuesday afternoon briefing. Late last week, Northam moved the Hampton Roads back into what’s known as Phase Three of reopening.
The governor ramped up restrictions in that area in early summer when cases started to spike. Those spikes have since abated.
Sept. 13 data