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Local cases edge up by six

Cases of COVID-19 edged up by six in the Western Tidewater Health District in Friday’s report from the Virginia Department of Health.

It came one day after the district’s biggest one-day spike in cases, an increase of 64 cases that was almost entirely attributable to increased testing at Deerfield Correctional Center in Southampton County.

Suffolk now has a total of 138 cases, with 91 in Isle of Wight County, 75 in Southampton County and 15 in Franklin.

There are 41 patients hospitalized in the district, and there have been seven deaths in the district.

Statewide, the VDH reports 11,594 cases and 410 deaths.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reports 912 patients hospitalized statewide who have tested positive for COVID-19, and 487 in the hospital whose test results are pending.

There are 379 in the two groups combined in ICUs, and 220 on ventilators. Only 22 percent of the state’s total ventilators are in use for COVID-19 and other patients.

In good news, the VHHA reports 1,672 patients with confirmed cases who have been hospitalized and then discharged.