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IW sees 40 new COVID-19 cases

Isle of Wight County reported 40 new COVID-19 cases Jan. 25, breaking its previous 37-case single-day record set over a month earlier.

The surge doesn’t appear confined to any site-specific outbreak. According to Virginia Department of Health data, the cumulative number of outbreaks to have occurred within the Western Tidewater Health District since the pandemic began stands at 26 — a figure that hasn’t changed since the first week of January.

Thirty-two of the 40 new cases originated within Smithfield’s 23430 ZIP code, according to a VDH breakdown of cases by ZIP code. That area, which spans much of the northern end of Isle of Wight County and has an estimated population just over 17,000, has now had 1,090 cumulative cases of the disease — or roughly one in every 15 residents.

County-wide, Isle of Wight crossed the 2,000-case threshold this weekend. According to VDH data, only 1,464 of the county’s estimated 37,000-plus residents have received their first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines as of Jan. 25, and just 153 have received their second dose.

The Western Tidewater Health District, which includes Isle of Wight County, Southampton County and the cities of Suffolk and Franklin, has moved into phase 1B of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s vaccine allocation plan this week.

Phase 1B includes K-12 teachers and other frontline essential workers, those 65 years of age and older, and those between the ages of 18 and 64 with a high-risk medical condition. Phase 1A, which began in December, included long-term care facility residents and health care workers. A full breakdown of Phase 1B can be found here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.