Virginia’s COVID-19 confirmed cases reached 2,878 in a report released by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) this morning with 54 dead, 497 hospitalized and 24,521 tested throughout the Old Dominion.
The VDH report lists no confirmations of any infections of the pandemic in Floyd or Patrick Counties while Franklin has 10, Montgomery 7, Roanoke City 11, Roanoke County 5 and Salem 1.
A private message sent in this morning via Facebook said Johns Hopkins University Hospital listed infections in Floyd County but a spokesman for the Medical Center said they use the VDE list and one from the Governor and have no information on any infections in our county. Will keep checking.
In Virginia, Fairfax County leads the Commonwealth with 488 confirmed cases, followed by Henrico County with 207 and Arlington with 203.
A new study by the University of Texas at Austin says that even localities low or even no confirmed infections can still face a danger of infections.
A county like Floyd, with zero infections at this time, can still see a 9 percent chance of infections. Get one infection and that percentage rises to 51 percent.
“I worry that many local officials are waiting until there is clear evidence of local transmission before taking action,” Lauren Ancel Meyers, a professor of biology and statistics at the university, tells The New York Times. “The message is, we should not wait.”
Breaking story. Will add more as information comes in…