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Local health district now has 79 COVID-19 cases

The Western Tidewater Health District gained nine cases of COVID-19 from Friday to Saturday, with a total of 79.

Suffolk has 40 cases, with 28 in Isle of Wight County, six in Franklin and five in Southampton County.

The increase in local cases is almost 13 percent from Friday, only slightly higher than the state’s 12.6-percent increase to 5,077 cases, as reported by the Virginia Department of Health on Saturday morning.

The Virginia Healthcare and Hospital Administration reports there are 735 patients with confirmed COVID-19 who are hospitalized. There are 517 patients hospitalized whose test results are pending.

Combined, the confirmed and pending cases total 426 people in the ICU and 283 on a ventilator. About 23 percent of the ventilators on hand in the state are in use for all patients.