Thursday, July 7, 2022

64 health care workers on the Peninsula have tested positive for the coronavirus

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unspalsh)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unspalsh)

Coronavirus cases continue to rise on the Peninsula among the most vulnerable populations, from the elderly in nursing homes and long-term care facilities to the essential workers at the shipyard and hospital staff attending to positive COVID-19 patients.

The Virginia Department of Health’s website now shows the number of health care workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus by health district.

So far, 64 health care workers on the Peninsula have tested positive.

The VDH defines the Peninsula Health District as Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City County and York County and Hampton Health District as only Hampton.

WYDaily combined the number of health care workers who tested positive and the number of outbreaks from both districts since all the localities are considered the Peninsula.

As of Friday, there are a total of 17 outbreaks on the peninsula — 6 in long-term care facilities, 9 in congregate setting like offices and apartments complexes, 1 in a healthcare facility and another in an education facility.

Out of the total number of outbreaks, Hampton Health District has 20 positive health care workers and three outbreaks: 2 in congregate settings and 1 in a long-term care facility. For the rest of the Peninsula, considered the Peninsula Health District, 44 healthcare workers have tested positive and there are 14 outbreaks: 5 in long-term care, 7 in congregate settings, 1 in health care facility and 1 in an education facility.

James City County has 160 positive cases of the coronavirus, Newport News has 120, Hampton has 119, York County has 46, Williamsburg has 20 and Poquoson has 6, according to VDH’s website.

At least 23 people from the Peninsula Health District and one person from the Hampton Heath District have died from the coronavirus.

The Peninsula Health District covers Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City County and York County. The Hampton Health District covers Hampton.

As of Friday, there are 16,901 cases and 581 deaths statewide.

VDH has also updated their coronavirus website to include other locality-specific information such as case, hospitalization and fatality rates per 100,000 residents and ethnicity.

The Virginia Department of Health's website now shows ethnicity data statewide and for each locality. (WYDaily/Screenshot by Julia Marsigliano)
The Virginia Department of Health’s website now shows ethnicity data statewide and for each locality. (WYDaily/Screenshot by Julia Marsigliano)

Newport News Shipbuilding has 37 positive cases and 15 people have been medically cleared to return back to work, according to the company’s website.

There are 17 cases in the Mid-Yard, 10 cases in Off-Yard offices, 5 case in the North Yard and 5 cases in the South Yard.

WYDaily asked Jennifer Boykin, president of NNS, on Thursday if the shipyard had reported any deaths and if their website would show if NNS or non-NNS employees have died from the coronavirus.

“We don’t talk about deaths on any employees unless it’s industrial-related,” Boykin said. “We do not comment on deaths of any employees.”

As of Thursday, the Hampton VA Medical Center had 60 cases and 1 in-patient death. It unclear how many cases the hospital as of Friday at noon — the Department of Veterans Affairs COVID-19 National Summary’s website didn’t show the number of cases at at that time.

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Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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