Ten new cases reported locally
The Western Tidewater Health District has 10 new cases of COVID-19 being reported on Tuesday.
The district has 381 cases — 152 in Suffolk, 115 in Southampton County, 96 in Isle of Wight County and 18 in Franklin.
Eleven people in the district have died of the disease. About 45 patients are hospitalized in Western Tidewater.
The 10 new cases came a day after the district reported no new cases for the first time in a month, but Western Tidewater Health District Director Dr. Todd Wagner had cautioned there may not be much to that decrease.
Statewide, there are 14,339 cases, and 492 people have died, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reports there are 948 patients positive for COVID-19 in the hospital across the state, with 560 hospitalized for care and awaiting test results. Both groups combined number 376 in the ICU and 217 on a ventilator. Statewide, about 20 percent of ventilators on hand are in use.
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