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Letter: More complete picture needed for COVID-19

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

While I appreciate your presenting (July 23 edition) information on the effects of the COVID-19 virus, the information is incomplete. To gain a fuller understanding of the impact of the virus on citizens in Gloucester and surrounding counties, the data presented should include the number of patients who “beat it.”

In addition to the number of cases (112) and new cases (33) presented, you should include the number of recovered patients. Is the number of total cases “active” or since recordkeeping began? If available, a demographic breakout by sex, age groupings (i.e., young, adult and senior) and ethnicity would present a more complete picture of the impact of this illness and help us better focus our efforts on those most affected.

Doug StinchcumGloucester, Va.

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