Another COVID-19 death; 35 more positive cases, says Health Ministry

Another COVID-19 death; 35 more positive cases, says Health Ministry

Accomack reports two new COVID cases, one hospitalization

Manchaca has had nine total cases and has two active cases.

By comparison, the CDC estimated a fatality rate of 0.04-0.15 percent for the 2019-20 influenza season.

The positivity rate is 12%, which means the novel coronavirus is rampant, Vinny Taneja, the county's public health director, told county commissioners on Tuesday.

A county with a COVID-19 rate over 25 cases per 100,000 people is considered critical, which is signified on the state map with the color red.

One resident has died and most nursing staff have also tested positive for the virus.

Statewide, the IDPH reported a total of 355,217 confirmed cases and 9,345 related deaths.

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At 3:15 p.m. Monday, Johns Hopkins University reported 8,189,710 COVID-19 cases in the United States.

This figure was more than five times the national average when the data was collated, as 384 cases have been confirmed in the region in the last fortnight.

"While it is concerning that we have an outbreak what I think is positive about this is that we have been monitoring all of the exposure events and we have had very little transmission in schools", said Dr. Henry. "Then we observed some household transmission as a result".

The latest victim is an 88-year-old woman and the case is linked to a local long-term care facility.

The Lehigh Valley totaled 80 new cases between its two counties in the last two days. Health officials have stressed, however, that the new guidance is not an encouragement to hold such gatherings but an effort to impose health protocols on them, since authorities know they've been happening regardless of the warnings.

The provincial health officer advised those planning weddings to instead consider holding a civil ceremony only, and to not take offence if people decline wedding invites out of public health concerns.

She also encouraged everyone to keep their core groups small, preferably no more than six people, and not to have larger gatherings or mix with other people.

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Those activities create high risk for transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the release said.

Stay home when you are sick.

Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently.

Wear a face covering that's fully sealed around your nose and mouth.

Wear a face covering when close contact can not be avoided and social distancing can not be maintained.

Another eight new cases of COVID-19 were announced by Interior Health on Wednesday.

Among the province-wide 1,766 active cases, 70 patients are in hospital with 21 in critical care and 4.294 now being monitored by public health due to exposure.

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This is a developing story and will be updated with more details as they emerge.

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