The Virginia Department of Health’s website now reports 169 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County. One new death has been reported making 16 deaths in the county. More information regarding the outbreak at Chase City Health and Rehab will be provided as the story develops.

The VDH’s website reports that there has been a new outbreak of the virus recorded at another long-term living facility, Chase City Health and Rehab, making it the third long-term living facility in the Southside Health District to have confirmed an outbreak. 

The VDH’s website shows that there have been 107 outbreak related cases of the virus in the Southside Health District which consists of Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg counties. There have also been 54 confirmed cases of the virus reported in healthcare workers. At this time, the morning of May 15, there have been a total of 169 cases, 26 hospitalizations, and 16 deaths reported in Mecklenburg County. 

As a whole, Virginia has reported 31,140 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 3,822 hospitalizations due to the virus and 1,014 deaths. There have been 306 reported outbreaks in the state, 182 of which have occurred in long-term living facilities. 4,154 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed to be directly related to outbreaks in the long-term living facilities, as well as 595 deaths. 2,191 healthcare workers have also tested positive for the virus in the state of Virginia.  

The order to close non-essential businesses has been extended to Thursday, May 14, meaning that businesses will be allowed to open back up on Friday, May 15. With that change, citizens are reminded to still remain vigilant, else we will see a resurgence of cases. Health professionals still advise practicing social distancing as well as wearing a mask and other personal protective equipment. As Governor Northam stated in the press conference on Monday, May 4, “The virus is still here. It has not gone away and will not go away until there is a vaccine.” Additionally, hospitals will be opening back up for elective surgeries soon.

Southside Health District Director Dr. Spillman states, “We continue to see new cases of COVID-19 in our region. This is a reminder that we need to stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing if we do have to go out for necessary supplies. It is our duty to do all we can to protect ourselves and our community and slow the spread of this virus.”