County: 93 new cases, a death in seven days
The number of new COVID-19 cases in far Southwest Virginia continues to rise as the delta variant of the virus spreads.
Health officials say the overwhelming majority of new cases are striking people who have not gotten vaccinated.
As of Sept. 7, the Virginia Department of Health reported a total of 1,200 confirmed cases in Dickenson County since the pandemic began last year. As of Tuesday, the number had increased by 93 to 1,293.
The county’s number of COVID-19-related deaths increased by one, from 19 to 20.
Nearby, Russell County has recorded a total of 2,975 positive cases since the pandemic began, an increase of 197 cases in one week. Buchanan County’s total case count was 1,945, an increase of 53 cases in one week. Wise County has reported a total of 4,176 cases, an increase of 225 cases in a week.
To look at the health department’s data, visit www.vdh.virginia.gov and go to the COVID-19 Data section.
As of Tuesday, almost 48 percent of Dickenson County residents had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the health department.
However, only 40 percent of county residents were fully vaccinated.
Gov. Ralph Northam announced Aug. 12 that 73 percent of Virginians 18 and older had received at least one dose.
Guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifies that those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
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