DCC reports 75 new cases of COVID-19

Published 12:15 pm Saturday, May 16, 2020

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On the weekend Virginia moved into Phase 1 of its reopening plan, Buckingham County became the county with the most positive COVID-19 patients per capita in the state Saturday.

Coronavirus cases in Buckingham County went from 366 to 411. The entire 45-case jump was in the Dillwyn zip code which now has 375 of the county’s cases, according to numbers from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Data from the Department of Corrections (DOC) shows a 75-case increase at the Dillwyn Correctional Center (DCC) with the number of inmates testing positive for the coronavirus currently standing at 280. The number of infected staff members increased from five to 11.

Buckingham Correctional Center (BKCC) is reporting 79 inmates with the virus. That’s up four cases from Friday. Six inmates have been hospitalized. Virus infections among the staff remains at five. At the Dillwyn Correctional Center (DCC),

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Because VDH numbers typically trail reported DOC numbers by 24 to 48 hours, the 411 number of cases in Buckingham County will likely rise more due to the cases in the prisons early next week. It is unclear how much, if any, of Saturday’s 45-case increase in the county is due to community spread or if the entire increase is due to more cases at the prisons.

Cumberland County saw an increase of five cases from Friday to Saturday moving from 18 to 23 cases. Prince Edward County cases moved up one to 73 cases.

Overall, cases in Virginia increased by 1,111 from Friday to Saturday or 3.5% to 29,683. Deaths in the commonwealth from the coronavirus broke the 1,000 mark, increasing by 25 to 1,002.