Buckingham case counts rise

Published 11:55 am Tuesday, May 5, 2020

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Buckingham County’s COVID-19 case count as reported by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) rose to 171 Tuesday, May 5, with eight cases resulting in hospitalizations.

The jump comes after VDH reported the count at 137 three days in a row from Saturday to Monday. 

The numbers are expected to continue rising as VDH catches up with the number of cases reported in the county’s prisons by the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC). 

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VDOC Tuesday morning listed a total of 208 offenders from Dillwyn Correctional Center (DCC) who had tested positive for the virus. That number includes active, recovered and released inmates. Two offenders from DCC have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. 

 Tuesday’s count also showed DCC as having four staff who had tested positive for the virus. It is unknown why that number is down from five staff the previous day. 

At Buckingham Correctional Center (BCC), 10 total offenders and two staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus, with two offenders hospitalized. 

Cumberland County remains at 12 positive cases and one hospitalization as of Tuesday. Prince Edward County has seen 58 cases of the virus with five hospitalizations and two deaths. Lunenburg County has four cases, and Charlotte’s coronavirus case count has risen to 11. 

VDH as of Tuesday reported 20,256 total cases of COVID-19 that have occurred in Virginia and 713 deaths. 

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association on Tuesday reported a total of 1,496 patients who have tested positive or are awaiting test results are currently hospitalized, with 361 of those patients in the ICU. Virginia had 189 of its 2,952 ventilators in use. 2,617 patients in Virginia hospitals have recovered from the coronavirus and been discharged.