The Rappahannock Area Health District reported 57 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, one of the highest daily increases since the pandemic began.
The majority were in Spotsylvania County, which had 31 new cases and reached a cumulative total of 1,421 cases. That’s 105 more total cases than Stafford County. Population estimates show Stafford has 15,000 more residents.
A big factor in the Spotsylvania total is the outbreak at Carriage Hill Health & Rehab Center. Even though the Virginia Department of Health lists the outbreak, first reported June 2, as “pending closure,” the devastation from the virus has continued. The state lists 21 deaths there among the 114 residents with confirmed cases.
Case counts are rising in the local health district, which also includes Fredericksburg and Caroline and King George counties, along with the positivity rate and hospitalizations, according to health officials. As of Thursday’s report, there were 25 people being treated for COVID-19 symptoms in the area’s three hospitals.
Also, about 7 percent of those tested had positive results. To date, there have been 39,277 “testing encounters” in which people in the local health district have had their nasal cavity swabbed to detect infection. People may be tested several times, but are listed only once in the case count, according to the state. Blood tests for antibodies to the virus are not included in the count.
As of Thursday, there were 3,444 total cases of COVID-19 in the local health district. That included 1,421 in Spotsylvania; 1,316 in Stafford; 388 in Fredericksburg; 194 in Caroline; and 125 in King George.
Elsewhere in the region, there have been 977 cases in Culpeper County; 592 in Fauquier County; 222 in Orange County; and 197 in Westmoreland County.
Virginia reported 818 new cases and 25 new deaths for a cumulative total of 95,867 cases and 2,299 deaths associated with COVID-19.
Cathy Dyson: 540/374-5425
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