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Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: July 12

Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: July 12

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A live event -- a relocated lacrosse tournament from North Carolina -- came to the Smith River Sports Complex in Henry County this weekend. The tournament was conducted with firm rules to protect against spread of the coronavirus, and facilities managers said it could be a blueprint for returning events to the complex. We have a full report. The big news on Saturday night was that President Trump for the first time was photographed wearing a mask as he and generals toured the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Maryland. Saturday was a record day in many states as another 70,000 cases of the coronavirus were diagnosed. And the debate about reopening schools continues as more mask-mandated policies are implemented. We offer our thoughts on keeping politics out of decision-making. For the first time in weeks, there were no new cases reported across the West Piedmont Health District. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning reported there are 70,670 cases and have been 1,966 deaths statewide (an increase of only four since Saturday). Some 6,744 people have been hospitalized. Henry County's number of positive cases increased to 350, with 31 hospitalized and 5 deaths. Martinsville has 112 cases, 15 hospitalized and 1 death. Patrick County has 48 cases, and 4 have been hospitalized and 2 have died. Franklin County's total is at 106, with 7 hospitalized and 1 death. Danville now has 113 cases, and Pittsylvania County has 159. Johns Hopkins University's real-time map showed 12,745,734 cases worldwide and 565,782 deaths. In the U.S. there are 3,247,782. There have been 134,817 deaths in the U.S.

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