SWVA, NET see 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Mike Still • Apr 9, 2020 at 6:38 PM

Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee saw COVID-19 cases rise by 12 Thursday.

Virginia Department of Health spokesperson Robert Parker said Thursday that Wise County had its fifth confirmed case announced in six days. No details about the patient were available.

Parker also said that a third case in Lee County, listed on the VDH COVID-19 tracker (www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus) since Wednesday, is still an uncorrected data error.

Two VDH-confirmed cases in Scott County still were not registered on the site as of Thursday.

Asked if the Wise County cases were a result of community spread or contact from a single person, LENOWISCO Health District Director Dr. Sue Cantrell said all of Virginia is seeing “widespread community transmission.”

“Residents should assume the risk of exposure is everywhere and behave accordingly, regardless of the details of specific numbers and locations of cases,” Cantrell said. “Accordingly, we are no longer providing details of individual case updates.”

Cantrell said the public needs to understand that health safety depends on everyone’s individual behavior.

“The most effective ways to protect yourself and those around you, and limiting the spread of illness, are personal precautions,” Cantrell said. “This is how we all work together to save lives.”

The number of cases in Northeast Tennessee also grew Thursday, according to the Tennessee Department of Health’s COVID-19 tracking website (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov). Hawkins County rose from 18 to 21 confirmed cases. Sullivan County’s confirmed cases climbed from 27 to 34, and Washington County added two new cases from Wednesday’s count of 30.

Virginia listed 4,042 cases since the pandemic began, with 685 people hospitalized and 109 dead.

Tennessee had 4,634 cases with 505 total hospitalizations and 94 people dead. TDH reports 921 cases as “recovered” — defined as people who (1) have been confirmed to be asymptomatic by their local or regional health department and have completed their required isolation period or (2) are at least 21 days beyond the first test confirming their illness.

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