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Virus cases rise to 23

The counties of Prince Edward, Buckingham, Cumberland, Charlotte and Lunenburg all experienced sizable jumps in their respective coronavirus case counts Tuesday, May 26.

Charlotte County cases rose to a total of 23. Positive cases were holding steady at 19 through the holiday weekend but increased by four Tuesday morning. The county has had four hospitalizations but no deaths as a result of the virus.

The Charlotte Court House zip code has the most cases of any zip code in Charlotte County with eight cases. The zip codes of Cullen, Drakes Branch, Keysville, Randolph and Saxe are listed in the zip code breakdown as suppressed meaning the Virginia Department of Health will not identify the number of cases in the zip code in fear of identifying the individual who tested positive. Suppressed areas have at least one case but less than five cases. Zip codes with no cases include: Phenix, Red House, Red Oak and Wylliesburg.

Last Friday, a third inmate in the two Buckingham County prisons succumbed to the virus. A total of six inmates have died from the virus in Virginia. Three of them have been in Buckingham County. Two inmates have died at Buckingham Correctional Center and one at the Dillwyn Correction Center.

Prince Edward County was listed on the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) website Tuesday as having jumped to 122 total coronavirus cases as compared to the 108 reported the day prior.

It appears most of the increases in cases was the result of positive tests stemming from the Farmville and Prospect zip codes. The Farmville zip code of 23901 was listed as having experienced 90 cases of the virus as of Tuesday compared to the 83 positives reported Saturday.

Last Thursday, May 21, VDH listed Prospect’s number of positive cases as “suppressed,” meaning between one and four cases had been confirmed at that time. Prospect’s 23960 zip code was listed as having risen to 20 cases of the virus Tuesday, May 26.

Hampden-Sydney was the only zip code in Farmville listed by VDH as having experienced zero coronavirus cases as of Tuesday.