VDH reports largest COVID-19 death spike since early March with 66 new deaths; 2,359 new cases as of Wednesday


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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — On Wednesday morning, Virginia health officials reported 2,359 new coronavirus cases and 66 new virus-related deaths — the largest single day death spike since March 9 — which brings the Commonwealth’s total COVID-19 count up to 897,978 confirmed and probable cases and 13,285 confirmed and probable deaths.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) confirmed 669,525 cases and 11,180 deaths are related to the virus as of Wednesday, Oct. 13. However, 228,453 cases and 2,105 deaths are still reported as “probable.”

Meanwhile, the department says the seven-day testing positivity rate has dropped from 7.8 percent to 7.6 percent in the past 24 hours.

Health officials reported 2,359 new COVID-19 cases, 99 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 66 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth between Oct. 12, 2021 and Oct. 13, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia Department of Health)

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

  • Alleghany County: 2,037 cases, 81 hospitalizations, and 63 deaths
  • Amherst County: 4,235 cases, 213 hospitalizations, and 54 deaths
  • Appomattox County: 2,316 cases110 hospitalizations, and 35 deaths
  • Bath County: 445 case, 17 hospitalizations, and 14 deaths
  • Bedford County: 9,603 cases, 371 hospitalizations, and 142 deaths
  • Bland County: 1,042 cases, 41 hospitalizations, and 15 deaths
  • Botetourt County: 3,675 cases, 92 hospitalizations, and 44 deaths
  • Buena Vista: 1,237 cases, 30 hospitalizations, and 23 deaths
  • Campbell County: 6,924 cases320 hospitalizations, and 132 deaths
  • Carroll County: 3,753 cases267 hospitalizations, and 90 deaths
  • Charlotte County: 1,225 cases, 76 hospitalizations, and 25 deaths
  • Covington: 739 cases, 33 hospitalizations, and 15 deaths
  • Craig County: 519 cases, 21 hospitalizations, and 6 deaths
  • Danville: 6,097 cases, 349 hospitalizations, and 179 deaths
  • Floyd County: 1,360 cases, 45 hospitalizations, and 28 deaths
  • Franklin County: 5,800 cases, 242 hospitalizations, and 98 deaths
  • Galax: 1,483 cases114 hospitalizations, and 61 deaths
  • Giles County: 2,169 cases, 79 hospitalizations, and 29 deaths
  • Grayson County: 1,995 cases, 122 hospitalizations, and 45 deaths
  • Halifax County: 3,737 cases, 157 hospitalizations (-1), and 100 deaths
  • Henry County: 6,224 cases, 424 hospitalizations, and 146 deaths
  • Highland County: 168 cases, 2 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths
  • Lexington: 1,534 cases, 33 hospitalizations, and 34 deaths
  • Lynchburg: 11,539 cases, 456 hospitalizationsand 182 deaths
  • Martinsville: 1,978 cases, 183 hospitalizations, and 87 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 11,535 cases, 251 hospitalizations, and 99 deaths
  • Nelson County: 1,290 cases, 53 hospitalizations, and 16 deaths
  • Patrick County: 1,955 cases, 131 hospitalizations, and 55 deaths
  • Pittsylvania County: 7,819 cases, 340 hospitalizations, and 105 deaths
  • Pulaski County: 3,953 cases, 184 hospitalizations, and 78 deaths
  • Radford: 2,842 cases, 48 hospitalizations, and 31 deaths
  • Roanoke City: 11,733 cases, 310 hospitalizations, and 229 deaths
  • Roanoke County: 11,415 cases, 248 hospitalizations, and 161 deaths
  • Rockbridge County: 2,032 cases, 70 hospitalizations, and 57 deaths
  • Salem: 3,291 cases, 91 hospitalizations, and 57 deaths
  • Wythe County: 4,315 cases, 217 hospitalizations, and 93 deaths

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

Since Tuesday, Oct. 12, the VDH reported 54 new COVID-19 cases in Pittsylvania County, 48 in Roanoke County, 44 in Franklin County, 42 in Danville, 39 in Roanoke City, 32 in Bedford County, 32 in Lynchburg, 22 in Botetourt County, 21 in Floyd County, 20 in Campbell County, 19 in Amherst County, 19 in Carroll County, 16 in Pulaski County, 16 in Wythe County, 15 in Montgomery County, 14 in Salem, 12 in Martinsville, nine in Buena Vista, eight in Alleghany County, seven in Grayson County, seven in Patrick County, six in Galax, five in Floyd County, five in Halifax County, five in Rockbridge County, four in Bath County, four in Giles County, four in Lexington, three in Appomattox County, three in Radford, two in Covington, two in Nelson County, one in Bland County, one in Charlotte County, and one in Highland County.

In addition, of the 66 new virus-related deaths reported on Wednesday, the department says 25 are from the localities listed above. More specifically, three are from Lynchburg, three are from Pittsylvania County, two are from Botetourt County, two are from Carroll County, two are from Danville, two are from Franklin County, one is from Amherst County, one is from Appomattox County, one is from Bedford County, one is from Giles County, one is from Halifax County, one is from Martinsville, one is from Radford, one is from Roanoke City, one is from Roanoke County, one is from Rockbridge County, and one is from Wythe County.

Health officials say they have received 37,613 total records of confirmed and probable virus-related hospitalizations around Virginia as of Wednesday, which is 99 more hospitalizations than VDH reported on Tuesday.

Of these newly-reported hospitalizations from Wednesday, four are from Amherst County, four are from Appomattox County, three are from Campbell County, three are from Carroll County, three are from Wythe County, two are from Lynchburg, one is from Alleghany County, one is from Bedford County, one is from Galax, one is from Grayson County, one is from Henry County, one is from Montgomery County, one is from Pittsylvania County, and one is from Roanoke County.

However, between Tuesday and Wednesday, the VDH reported one less hospitalization in Halifax County.

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