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COVID-19 cases increase slightly locally

The number of COVID-19 cases in Gloucester and Mathews counties increased slightly this past week, with Gloucester adding two more cases, for a total of 23, and Mathews adding one, for a total of four.

Five Gloucester residents and one Mathews resident are currently hospitalized with the disease, according to Wednesday morning figures on the Virginia Department of Health coronavirus webpage.

In the greater Three Rivers Health District, which covers the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck, there has been a significant increase in the number of cases, led by an outbreak at Haynesville Correctional Center in Richmond County.

There, 109 inmates and five employees have tested positive for COVID-19 thus far, pushing the total number of cases in Richmond County up from 53 last week to 143 this week. Of those infected, five are hospitalized, including one from the correctional facility. A press release from the office of Governor Ralph Northam stated that testing had increased at Haynesville.

In addition, cases in Westmoreland County have doubled since last week, from 10 to 22.

The total number of cases throughout the Three Rivers Health District is now 218, up from 102 last week. Of those cases, 16 are hospitalized. There has also been a second death in the district, of a patient in King William County.

Across the state as of Wednesday morning, 14,328 people had been confirmed as having COVID-19, up from 9,630 last week, with an additional 633 people diagnosed as “probable.” The number of hospitalizations of people with confirmed cases was 2,252 on Wednesday, with an additional seven listed as probable. These numbers are up from 1,581 and three, respectively, last week.

There have been 513 deaths from confirmed cases of the virus in Virginia, with an additional nine probable cases, up from 324 and three, respectively, last week.

According to the website of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, the number of patients across the state who were hospitalized as of Wednesday morning was 1,566, with 2,042 patients having been discharged. Of those patients, 387 were hospitalized in the ICU and 222 were on ventilators.