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Three counties in region report climb in COVID-19 cases; limited drive-up testing to start in Lee County

Mike Still • Apr 16, 2020 at 5:47 PM

Virginia health officials will start limited drive-through COVID-19 testing in Lee County on April 21, while one Southwest Virginia county and two Northeast Tennessee counties reported a total of six new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday.

LENOWISCO Health District officials will open a limited drive-through testing site on Tuesday at the Lee County Career and Technical Center in Ben Hur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The site is closed to the public and is for people who are pre-screened for approved testing. Admission to the site is by appointment, and persons must call in advance for a screening interview. Persons seeking a screening can call 276-346-2011 on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Testing is important epidemiologically and helps us determine the prevalence of disease in our community,” LENOWISCO Health District Director Dr. Sue Cantrell said, “but because capacity is limited we will screen for those at highest risk. As we continue to test, we expect to have more positive cases.”

Approved patients for testing will receive an appointment time, testing number and/or an emailed authorization letter. Persons without internet access must bring a valid ID to the testing site.

According to the Virginia Department of Health tracker website (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus), the LENOWISCO Health District reported three additional cases — all in Wise County — since Wednesday for a total of 27 confirmed cases district-wide.

Wise County stands at 18 COVID-19 cases and one death during the pandemic, while Lee and Scott counties saw no increase for six and three cases, respectively.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health’s tracker (www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov), Hawkins County’s total remained level with 26 confirmed cases and two deaths. Sullivan County’s tally rose by two, for 45 cases and one death since the pandemic began.

Washington County saw one reported case since Wednesday, for a total of 46. No COVID-19-related deaths have been reported there during the pandemic.

Statewide, Virginia has seen 6,889 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 208 deaths to date, while Tennessee has reported 6,262 cases and 141 deaths.

According to both states’ health departments, Virginia has tested 46,444 residents out of 8.5 million people, or 0.5% of the population.

Tennessee has tested 85,049 people out of a population of 6.83 million, for 1.2% of the population

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