Hampton Roads sees increase in COVID-19 percentage positive rates, higher than state average

Posted at 11:25 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 08:00:07-04

NORFOLK, Va. - An employee at business a few steps away from Abigail Morgan's office, Sea Level Counseling and Wellness, tested positive for COVID-19.

“It’s scary. We want our community to be healthy,” said Morgan.

AW Shucks Raw Bar and Grill in Ghent is closed.

In a Facebook post, they said they are going to "take all precautionary measures to ensure a safe re-opening.”

Morgan says, “I mean, I feel for them. Being a small business owner, it’s wreaked havoc on the restaurants industry.”

She is now reconsidering letting the patients she counsels back into the office after the recent spike in cases.

“As time went on and as we learned more and more about what was going on, we learned that our telehealth procedures would have to stick around for the long haul,” she adds.

In Hampton Roads, we are seeing an increase in percentage positive rates. This is the percentage of tests that come back positive.

The state percentage is at 7.2%, but we're seeing higher numbers in our area.

In Norfolk, the percentage is 16.8%; in Chesapeake, it's 14.3% and in Virginia Beach, it's 11.2%.

Virginia had 1,084 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday. Of those, 448 of the cases are in the seven cities.

People in the community say these numbers are concerning.

“Wearing a mask isn’t hard. Wearing a face shield isn’t hard either if masks feel restrictive,” said Morgan.

A Wawa convenience store on North Military Highway is now back open.

In a letter to customers, they say they closed for a thorough cleaning after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The last day the person worked was on Wednesday, July 8.

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