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COVID-19 death toll in Virginia tops 1,000 / May 18, 2020
COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has now claimed more than 1,000 lives in Virginia and 90,000 lives nationwide.

The Virginia Department of Health reports that 16 people have died in Mecklenburg County, Southside Virginia’s hardest-hit locality from the pandemic. As of Sunday, 167 cases had surfaced in Mecklenburg, with 26 persons hospitalized for treatment. Mecklenburg’s caseload has risen by 45 persons in the past seven days.

Halifax County had 27 diagnosed cases on Sunday, with three patients hospitalized for treatment. No deaths have been reported in Halifax County due to the virus.

The City of Danville has seen one death and 44 cases as of Sunday. The virus is also responsible for one death in each of Pittsylvania and Brunswick counties, and nearby North Carolina counties of Person, Granville and Vance have seen 23 people die from the disease.

The number of cases in Virginia topped the 30,000 mark over the weekend. According to VDH, Virginia has seen 30,338 total cases and 1,009 deaths.

Long-term care facilities continue to be trouble spots for the disease, with nursing home outbreaks costing 181 lives across the Commonwealth. There have been three outbreaks of the virus at nursing homes in the Southside Health District, which spans Halifax, Mecklenburg and Brunswick counties. In at least two of the nursing home outbreaks — at Sentara MeadowView Terrace in Clarksville, and Chase City Health and Rehab in Chase City — deaths have been reported, although the exact death toll at nursing home sites has not been disclosed by VDH.

Nationwide, an estimated 1.4 million Americans have contracted the virus and slightly more than 90,000 have died, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

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