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2 more residents of Martinsville, Patrick County die from COVD-19
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2 more residents of Martinsville, Patrick County die from COVD-19

From the Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept 15 series
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Two more residents of the area have died from COVID-19.

A resident of Martinsville and another from Patrick County were listed Monday morning by the Virginia Department of Health as the most recent victims of the virus in the West Piedmont Health District.

Health officials don’t divulge any additional information about the victims. Cases are tracked by locality of residence.

Both the city and Patrick County have been the site of outbreaks that involve senior care facilities.

And that’s now seven deaths in Martinsville and 14 in Patrick County, which were the last city and one of the last counties in the state to have a positive test for the novel coronavirus.

Now Martinsville had had 363 cases – including 56 hospitalizations – and Patrick County has had 250 cases, with 48 hospitalizations.

Across the district there now have been 1,842 cases, with 214 hospitalizations and 38 deaths – including now four in September.

VDH data show that 28 of those 38 deaths have been people 70 and older, with 15 of them older than 80.

They were mostly white – 20 victims – and male (21). Among the dead 11 were Black, and only one was Latino.

Oddly Patrick County had no new cases or hospitalizations in Monday’s report from VDH.

There were 14 cases across the district — six in Franklin County and four each in Henry County and Martinsville.

Martinsville also had an additional hospitalization, but the statistics reported one fewer hospitalization in Henry County than had been reported.

Overall since the outbreak of the pandemic, the breakdown is:

Henry County: 957 cases, 105 hospitalizations, 16 deaths.

Martinsville: 363, 56, 7.

Patrick County: 250, 48, 14.

Franklin County: 272 cases, 15, 1.

By comparison Danville has reported 756 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 906. That district had four more deaths on Monday morning. Statewide there have been 134,571 cases and 2,743 deaths statewide — 19 more than Sunday. Some 10,293 people have been hospitalized.

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