VDH reports biggest COVID-19 death spike since March with 56 new deaths, 2,552 new cases as of Friday

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday morning, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported 2,552 new coronavirus cases and 56 new virus-related deaths — the largest single-day death spike since March 12 — which brings the Commonwealth’s total COVID-19 count up to 869,328 confirmed and probable cases and 12,806 confirmed and probable deaths.

Virginia health officials confirmed 650,549 cases and 10,816 deaths are related to the virus as of Friday, Oct. 1. However, 218,779 cases and 1,990 deaths are still reported as “probable.”

Meanwhile, the department says the seven-day testing positivity rate has dropped from 8.9 percent to 8.8 percent in the past 24 hours.

Health officials reported 2,552 new COVID-19 cases, 73 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 56 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth between Sept. 30, 2021 and Oct. 1, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia Department of Health)

According to VDH’s Friday count, more than 132,000 cases have been reported from the following localities in southwest and central Virginia:

  • Alleghany County: 1,947 cases, 80 hospitalizations, and 61 deaths
  • Amherst County: 4,099 cases, 203 hospitalizations, and 53 deaths
  • Appomattox County: 2,238 cases, 105 hospitalizations, and 34 deaths
  • Bath County: 417 cases, 14 hospitalizations, and 14 deaths
  • Bedford County: 9,250 cases, 363 hospitalizations, and 132 deaths
  • Bland County: 1,015 cases, 41 hospitalizations, and 13 deaths
  • Botetourt County: 3,452 cases, 89 hospitalizations, and 39 deaths
  • Buena Vista: 1,159 cases, 30 hospitalizations, and 22 deaths
  • Campbell County: 6,683 cases, 308 hospitalizations, and 127 deaths
  • Carroll County: 3,569 cases, 256 hospitalizations, and 85 deaths
  • Charlotte County: 1,170 cases, 75 hospitalizations, and 24 deaths
  • Covington: 725 cases, 33 hospitalizations, and 14 deaths
  • Craig County: 475 cases, 19 hospitalizations, and 6 deaths
  • Danville: 5,864 cases, 347 hospitalizations, and 168 deaths
  • Floyd County: 1,312 cases, 44 hospitalizations, and 24 deaths
  • Franklin County: 5,554 cases, 235 hospitalizations, and 93 deaths
  • Galax: 1,433 cases, 113 hospitalizations, and 58 deaths
  • Giles County: 2,077 cases, 79 hospitalizations, and 25 deaths
  • Grayson County: 1,928 cases, 120 hospitalizations, and 43 deaths
  • Halifax County: 3,553 cases, 142 hospitalizations, and 99 deaths
  • Henry County: 5,967 cases, 413 hospitalizations, and 140 deaths
  • Highland County: 159 cases, 2 hospitalizations, and 1 death
  • Lexington: 1,496 cases32 hospitalizations, and 33 deaths
  • Lynchburg: 11,136 cases, 435 hospitalizations, and 174 deaths
  • Martinsville: 1,924 cases, 183 hospitalizations, and 85 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 11,290 cases, 245 hospitalizations, and 92 deaths
  • Nelson County: 1,231 cases, 53 hospitalizations, and 16 deaths
  • Patrick County: 1,885 cases, 129 hospitalizations, and 52 deaths
  • Pittsylvania County: 7,468 cases, 327 hospitalizations, and 100 deaths
  • Pulaski County: 3,734 cases, 174 hospitalizations, and 76 deaths
  • Radford: 2,809 cases, 46 hospitalizations, and 30 deaths
  • Roanoke City: 11,280 cases, 304 hospitalizations, and 216 deaths
  • Roanoke County: 10,926 cases (-8), 233 hospitalizationsand 156 deaths
  • Rockbridge County: 1,969 cases, 68 hospitalizations, and 52 deaths
  • Salem: 3,083 cases, 89 hospitalizations, and 56 deaths
  • Wythe County: 4,118 cases, 204 hospitalizations, and 89 deaths

**items in bold indicate new cases, hospitalizations, and/or deaths from previous weekday’s totals**

Since Thursday, Sept. 30, the VDH reported 87 new COVID-19 cases in Roanoke City, 58 in Bedford County, 43 in Pittsylvania County, 37 in Lynchburg, 35 in Campbell County, 24 in Pulaski County, 21 in Halifax County, 21 in Salem, 20 in Wythe County, 19 in Montgomery County, 17 in Franklin County, 16 in Danville, 15 in Botetourt County, 14 in Carroll County, 14 in Henry County, 10 in Amherst County, 10 in Grayson County, nine in Patrick County, eight in Appomattox County, eight in Giles County, seven in Buena Vista, seven in Floyd County, six in Charlotte County, five in Lexington, five in Nelson County, four in Radford, three in Galax, three in Martinsville, three in Rockbridge County, two in Alleghany County, two in Bland County, two in Covington, two in Craig County, and one in Bath County.

In addition, of the 56 new virus-related deaths reported on Friday, the department says four are from Bedford County, two are from Amherst County, two are from Lynchburg, one is from Appomattox County, one is from Campbell County, one is from Halifax County, one is from Henry County, one is from Radford, and one is from Roanoke County.

However, between Thursday and Friday, the VDH reported eight less coronavirus cases from Roanoke County.

Health officials say they have received 36,711 total records of confirmed and probable virus-related hospitalizations around Virginia as of Friday, which is 73 more hospitalizations than VDH reported on Thursday.

Of these newly-reported hospitalizations from Friday, six are from Bedford County, five are from Giles County, four are from Lynchburg, two are from Amherst County, two are from Campbell County, two are from Salem, one is from Appomattox County, one is from Botetourt County, one is from Carroll County, one is from Franklin County, one is from Henry County, one is from Lexington, one is from Montgomery County, one is from Roanoke City, and one is from Roanoke County.

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