HALIFAX COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Health officials say that the number of coronavirus cases at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital has doubled in just a few days.
According to Sentara’s COVID Dashboard update from Wednesday, Jan. 5, approximately 34 percent of the patients at the South Boston location have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Early in December, the hospital saw a decrease in cases, only having a few. No, the numbers are in the teens — more specifically, 15 as of Wednesday.
The healthcare system has also seen a steady rise in cases and hospitalizations at all of its locations.
Some Halifax County residents say they think lots of folks have gotten more comfortable with not wearing a mask and being around larger groups of people.
“COVID-19 and the new thing is coming out, we have no choice being individuals, being family members, just being associates but to take this thing very very seriously,” said Matthew Timothy Johnson of Halifax County
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) coronavirus dashboard says there are more than 2,900 confirmed and pending COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized in the Commonwealth. Just one week ago, on Dec. 29, 2021, there were just over 2,000 virus hospitalizations, according to the VHHA.
Sentara would not do any interviews on Wednesday but their Chief Physician Executive plans to address the COVID-19 situation for all Sentara hospitals on Thursday, Jan. 6.