Area sees 159 cases, one death over six days

October 15, 2021

Wise County reported 145 new COVID-19 cases between last Friday and yesterday, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

As of yesterday, the county had reported a total of 5,028 cases since spring 2020, compared to 4,883 cases as of last Friday.
There were 222 county residents hospitalized with COVID as of yesterday.
The county’s total number of deaths associated with COVID-19 remained at 122.
The health department’s cumulative positive case count for Norton increased by 14 between last Friday and yesterday, from 527 to 541.

There were 28 city residents hospitalized with COVID as of yesterday.
The number of total deaths in the city increased by one, from 12 to 13.

In Virginia, the total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began rose from 662,979 last Friday to 671,370 yesterday, an increase of 8,391. The number of “probable” cases rose from 225,180 last Friday to 229,211 yesterday, an increase of 4,031.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Virginia increased by 209 to 11,234. The number of probable COVID-19 deaths increased by 61 to 2,111.

To look at the health department’s data, visit and go to the COVID-19 Data and Resources section.


As of yesterday, almost 50 percent of Wise County residents and 57 percent of Norton residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to health department statistics.

Almost 42 percent of county residents and almost 47 percent of Norton residents are fully vaccinated.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced in mid-August that 73 percent of Virginians 18 and older had received at least one dose.

Guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifies that those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks, practice physical distancing and avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.