The outbreaks of COVID-19 in the county have calmed down again leaving Mecklenburg at an orange on the COVID risk scale by the Harvard Global Health Institute. Mecklenburg has accumulated 837 total cases with 45 hospitalizations and 34 deaths; one more than last week.
No new outbreaks have been reported in the Southside Health District. Outbreak related cases have grown to 554; two more than last week with 114 healthcare workers having been confirmed positive for the virus. There have been a total of 1,135 outbreaks in the state, 454 of which have been found in long term care facilities. However, congregate settings—such as businesses, churches, community centers, gyms and shelters—are quickly becoming hotspots of infection. There have been 412 outbreaks found in congregate settings as of Tuesday, October 13.
All three of the Southside Health District’s counties are currently in the orange on the risk scale. Once again, an orange risk level on the scale means that there is an accelerated spread, and that stay-at-home order and/or rigorous test and trace programs are advised for the area.
Brunswick County has accumulated 397 total cases with 30 resulting hospitalizations and 5 total deaths. Halifax stands at 421 cases with 41 hospitalizations and 7 deaths. Virginia altogether has reported 160,805 positive test results for the virus. There have been 11,598 hospitalizations and 3,372 deaths as a result of infection.
More information on the numbers can be found on the Virginia Department of Health’s website at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/. A reminder: cases are not reported on the day the patient became ill, but on the day they have been classified as meeting the case definition for COVID-19.
Stay-at-home and mask wearing orders are still in effect as recommended by Governor Ralph Northam. While COVID-19 can be quite deadly, the virus can also appear with little to no symptoms. Keep in mind that these symptoms have been reported with COVID-19 and if you suspect you may have the virus, quarantine first then call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
For information regarding the difference betweenInfluenza and COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/flu-vs-covid19.htm.