VDH reports record-high 383 new COVID-19 deaths while total cases climb past 580,000 as of Wednesday


RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — In Wednesday morning’s update, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reported a total of 580,108 COVID-19 cases and 9,326 virus-related deaths, including 1,549 new confirmed and probable cases and a record-high 383 new confirmed and probable fatalities — nearly 150 deaths more than the previous record for the largest single-day spike in deaths — from across the Commonwealth.

Virginia health officials confirmed 456,462 cases and 7,993 deaths are related to the virus as of Wednesday, March 3. However, 123,646 cases and 1,333 deaths are still reported as “probable.”

Not only did the VDH report the highest single-day increase in virus-related deaths for the Commonwealth as a whole on Wednesday, but the department also reported the first virus-related death in Highland County and record-high death spikes in Amherst County, Henry County, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Montgomery County, and Roanoke County.

Health officials reported 1,549 new COVID-19 cases, 96 new virus-related hospitalizations, and 383 new virus-related deaths around the Commonwealth as of March 3, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Virginia Department of Health)

According to VDH’s Wednesday update, more than 89,000 cases have been reported from the localities in southwest and central Virginia:

  • Alleghany County: 1,248 cases (-7), 53 hospitalizations, and 47 deaths
  • Amherst County: 2,683 cases, 78 hospitalizations, and 30 deaths
  • Appomattox County: 1,417 cases, 50 hospitalizations, and 19 deaths
  • Bath County: 245 cases, 6 hospitalizations, and 10 deaths
  • Bedford County: 5,815 cases, 155 hospitalizations, and 72 deaths
  • Bland County: 623 cases, 20 hospitalizations, and 9 deaths
  • Botetourt County: 2,238 cases, 52 hospitalizations, and 29 deaths
  • Buena Vista: 843 cases20 hospitalizations, and 18 deaths
  • Campbell County: 4,028 cases, 87 hospitalizations, and 63 deaths
  • Carroll County: 2,121 cases, 152 hospitalizations, and 64 deaths
  • Charlotte County: 751 cases, 39 hospitalizations, and 14 deaths
  • Covington: 550 cases, 22 hospitalizations, and 11 deaths
  • Craig County: 241 cases, 9 hospitalizations, and 5 deaths
  • Danville: 4,330 cases, 237 hospitalizations, and 112 deaths
  • Floyd County: 738 cases, 25 hospitalizations, and 18 deaths
  • Franklin County: 3,723 cases, 128 hospitalizations, and 57 deaths
  • Galax: 996 cases (-1), 75 hospitalizations, and 49 deaths
  • Giles County: 1,090 cases, 35 hospitalizations, and 15 deaths
  • Grayson County: 1,137 cases, 72 hospitalizations, and 33 deaths
  • Halifax County: 2,451 cases, 64 hospitalizations, and 64 deaths
  • Henry County: 4,216 cases, 289 hospitalizations, and 115 deaths
  • Highland County: 92 cases, 1 hospitalization, and 1 death
  • Lexington: 1,119 cases (-1), 20 hospitalizations, and 26 deaths
  • Lynchburg: 6,928 cases, 205 hospitalizations, and 132 deaths
  • Martinsville: 1,508 cases (-1), 128 hospitalizations, and 64 deaths
  • Montgomery County: 7,806 cases, 148 hospitalizations, and 86 deaths
  • Nelson County: 774 cases, 32 hospitalizations, and 9 deaths
  • Patrick County: 1,203 cases, 93 hospitalizations, and 36 deaths
  • Pittsylvania County: 4,775 cases, 166 hospitalizations, and 69 deaths
  • Pulaski County: 2,330 cases, 100 hospitalizations, and 55 deaths
  • Radford: 1,895 cases, 35 hospitalizations, and 17 deaths
  • Roanoke City: 7,569 cases, 190 hospitalizations, and 157 deaths
  • Roanoke County: 7,368 cases, 134 hospitalizations, and 119 deaths
  • Rockbridge County: 1,291 cases, 41 hospitalizations, and 36 deaths
  • Salem: 1,860 cases (-1), 56 hospitalizations, and 42 deaths
  • Wythe County: 2,040 cases, 114 hospitalizations, and 65 deaths

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

Since Tuesday, March 2, the VDH reported 55 new COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, 22 in Roanoke County, 16 in Roanoke City, 12 in Pulaski County, 11 in Bedford County, 10 in Halifax County, 10 in Rockbridge County, nine in Botetourt County, nine in Danville, seven in Campbell County, seven in Giles County, six in Lynchburg, five in Wythe County, four in Covington, four in Henry County, four in Pittsylvania County, four in Radford, three in Nelson County, three in Patrick County, two in Amherst County, two in Appomattox County, two in Carroll County, two in Charlotte County, two in Franklin County, one in Bland County, one in Buena Vista, one in Grayson County, and one in Highland County.

In addition, of the 383 new virus-related deaths reported on Wednesday, the department says more than 80 are from the localities listed above. More specifically, seven are from Henry County, seven are from Lynchburg, six for Amherst County, six are from Montgomery County, six are from Roanoke County, five are from Campbell County, five are from Martinsville, four are from Danville, four are from Pittsylvania County, four are from Wythe County, three are from Bedford County, three are from Carroll County, three are from Franklin County, three are from Roanoke City, two are from Alleghany County, two are from Appomattox County, two are from Grayson County, two are from Lexington, two are from Radford, one is from Botetourt County, one is from Giles County, one is from Halifax County, one is from Highland County, one is from Nelson County, one is from Pulaski County, and one is from Salem.

However, between Tuesday and Wednesday, the VDH reported one less coronavirus case in Galax, one less case in Lexington, one less case in Martinsville, one less case in Salem, and seven less cases in Alleghany County.

Health officials say they have received 24,354 total records of confirmed and probable virus-related hospitalizations around Virginia as of Wednesday, which is 96 more hospitalizations than VDH reported on Tuesday.

Of these newly-reported hospitalizations from Wednesday, four are from Roanoke County, two are from Henry County, two are from Lynchburg, one is from Appomattox County, one is from Bedford County, one is from Botetourt County, one is from Buena Vista, one is from Franklin County, one is from Halifax County, one is from Montgomery County, one is from Patrick County, one is from Pittsylvania County, and one is from Roanoke City.

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