Five more people are dead today of COVID-19 in Patrick County, and now the county, one of the last in the state with a positive case of the novel coronavirus, has seen 23 residents die and has surpassed Henry County (18) for the most deaths in the West Piedmont District. There also was a death of a resident of Martinsville, and the district continued the sort of surge that had played out in August but had diminished in early September. There have been 17 deaths this week recorded by the Virginia Department of Health, and that's now 54 deaths in the district since the virus began. The 6 new deaths were also 13% of all deaths statewide reported Wednesday The district saw 19 new cases (8 in Henry County, 5 in Patrick County, 2 in Martinsville and 4 in Franklin County). There were new hospitalizations in Henry and Patrick Counties. The 10 deaths in the district on Tuesday were a one-day mark -- and pushed the district's total to 48 deaths -- but the more instructive news is that senior-care facilities in Martinsville and Henry County have been ordered to test their employees and residents twice a week to stop outbreaks and spreads of the coronavirus. Martinsville City Public Schools will wait until after the first nine weeks to discuss a potential return to the classroom. Virginia officials are looking at outbreaks at state facilities. Gov. Northam in his address Tuesday looked to reassure voters as elections get underway on Friday. President Trump did a town-hall-style meeting with undecided voters on ABC on Tuesday night and made numerous false statements about the pandemic and his approach to it, including mentioning the "herd mentality" approach that failed in Europe. The coronavirus may have been lurking in the US as early as December, according to a new study, a full month earlier than believed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study found a significant increase in hospital visits at that time by patients who reported respiratory illnesses. The National Institutes of Health has expressed concern over a potential side effect in drugmaker AstraZeneca's vaccine trial after a participant suffered spinal cord damage. The FDA is weighing whether to resume the trial in the U.S. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 136,359 cases and 2,884 deaths statewide -- up by 45 from Tuesday. Some 10,389 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 971 cases, with 106 hospitalizations and 18 deaths. Martinsville has had 368 cases, with 57 hospitalizations and 10 deaths. Patrick County has had 260 cases including 49 hospitalizations and 23 deaths. Franklin County has had 284 cases, 15 hospitalizations and 3 deaths. Danville has reported 783 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 921. Johns Hopkins University's real-time map showed 29,611,845 cases worldwide and 935,929 deaths. In the U.S. there are 6,696,859. There have been 195,961 deaths in the U.S. because of COVID-19.
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All residents and employees of senior-care facilities in the area must be tested twice a week.
MCPS is studying the safety of returning students to classrooms.
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Gov. Ralph Northam is urgently reviewing a request of $200 million in federal funds to help Virginia public school divisions operate in a school year like no other, after the coronavirus pandemic forced most public schools in Virginia to rely on remote learning.
Originally poised to ban them, Virginia legislators allowed so-called skill games to be placed across Virginia to raise revenue to help businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic slowdown.
There have now been 38 in the West Piedmont Health District.
The 2020 census process has looked nothing like years past.
What a difference a year can make. On Labor Day 2019, we were celebrating 13 months of labor force expansion in Virginia, touting the record 4.3 million workers who were taking home paychecks, and marveling at an almost unheard of unemployment rate of just 2.9%.
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The fair won't be staged for the first time in 68 years.
As Patrick County schools open on Monday, they will do so with slightly fewer students attending in person than planned originally.
True reporters pursue the truth, but sometimes that work is confused because of some personalities who provide opinion.
They couldn't attend the convention in purpose, but they still took home many awards.
Helene Wallis of Stuart wrote in about how postal service delays have been affecting her business and expressed concern about her ability to vote by mail.
That's from a list of 700 who could lose water and sewer services.
Packing up the boxes and getting those into the hands of those who need them are the organization's greatest concern.
YMCA is struggling because of pandemic-depleted memberships.
Martinsville's rate climbs by a full percentage point.
Franklin County warns residents about growth in cases there.
There are three incumbents and two challengers in the race.
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COVID-19 alters process for approving, announcing new industrial development such as Drake Extrusion and Applied Felts.
Teresa F. Smithson, general registrar and director of elections for Hanover County, calls officers of election “the unsung heroes of our democracy.”
Sovah Health says it has 30 patients being treated in Martinsville and Danville.
Public reviews plans for U.S. 220 Southern Connector in a pandemic-delayed hearing that took many precautions for safety.
Patrons have to stay out of buildings but still can get services.
But Chateau Morrisette Winery has not reopened.
More than 70% of all cases, deaths and hospitalizations in the West Piedmont Health District occurred in July and August.
Sheriff Lane Perry said some inmates were released early and others were put on monitoring devices.
There have been 34 deaths and 1,592 cases of the coronavirus in the district since March.
With three weeks of online school before us, problems remain largely the same.
Virtual schooling is a continue whirlwind of all-day, all-night plus weekend work for teachers.
Martinsville School Superintendent Zeb Talley presents goals for the next 6 years, and staff discusses the realities of educating in the world of with COVID-19.
School board voted Thursday to send students back to classrooms -- if their parents want.
Community leaders discuss grants for utilities and businesses and numbers at hospitals during COVID-19 briefing.
Mark Price, 62, pastor of the Greater New Bethel Holiness Church, died at his home on Tuesday.
During a community meeting Tuesday morning in Martinsville, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner said the federal government should do more to bring financia…
Last week city and county officials warned residents and businesses that their utility service would be disconnected if they were in arrears a…
Extra pay for hazard supplement.
A class in candle-making leads Arielle Dillard to open a new shop in uptown Martinsville.
That is now 10 deaths and 200 cases in the county since the pandemic began.
There was one more death of a Henry County resident revealed on Friday, making nine in 72 hours.
Nurse Tova Yellock says that even though she has COVID-19, she still doesn’t regret her role on the front line of health care.
By Stephen Mark Rainey
Deaths doubled in the past week in the West Piedmont Health District.
Appointments are being canceled and adjustments in process made.
County was the site of an outbreak in July.
Infections of the novel coronavirus have affected Martinsville's city hall, too.
Dozens of volunteers on Saturday will help parents and kids figure out how to succeed at online schooling, with advice on anything from Canvas to iPads to motivation.
Bands usually would be deep into preparations for their games and competitions. For now they practice virtually and wait to see when a note might be played together.
There needs to be societal change, but looking to destroy the image of Jesus does not help reach that goal.
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A "small number" of sheriff's employees have tested positive.
Financial help with utility payments remains available for county residents.
School reopened to employees today after being closed for cleaning.
U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith spoke to the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce about options to plug the big gaps in connectivity.
That 40% of students in Martinsville lack access to the internet is alarming.
This year of virtual schooling will create an immense divide between students with support and those in the dark.
He spoke during a Zoom meeting with the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.
One child per seat. Face masks for students. Redesigned bus routes. Twice-daily disinfection of seats and surfaces.
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City Manager Leon Towarnicki told city council a month ago that there was more going on in the city right now than he could remember in more t…
Martinsville School Superintendent Zebedee Talley declared the slogan for city schools this year to be “we accept the challenge,” as he descri…
Teachers and families report a slightly bumpy, but exciting, return to school -- online.
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What do you do when you can't pass the plate?
Rates across the region in most cases are more than double what they were a year ago.
Having received upward of 23,500 complaints about businesses failing to comply with Gov. Ralph Northam’s coronavirus regulations, the Virginia Department of Health wants 100 temporary workers to help respond.
Governments have even more money coming from the CARES Act.
Health officials cite outbreaks at long-term care facilities for these deaths. Patrick County Schools announces another case in its "community."
Andy Parker and Kris Landrum say contact tracing for the Virginia Department of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic is a signficant and worthwhile role in one of the greatest challenges to face the nation in recent history.
The son and attorney of a resident of Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and staff members say an outbreak of scabies -- a precursor to the COVID-19 outbreak that has hit more than a quarter of the residents -- was not made public.
If "2020" were a movie, the people watching it 100 years from now would think it was all made up -- because it's all been just so unbelievable.
Artists and retailers in the area are realizing an opportunity to provide for that need.
That's now three in the county, coming the day after an outbreak at a long-term care facility there.
Blue Ridge Therapy Connection says 42 residents and 13 staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.
The Virginia High School League laid out its plan on Monday for sports in the upcoming school year, adopting a model that would move fall spor…
The coronavirus outbreak in Patrick County continues to grow, as five new cases were identified Tuesday by the Virginia Department of Health.
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A spokesperson for Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Patrick County confirmed that people there have tested positive for the coronavirus, but s…
The Henry County School Board voted, 4-1, at a planning retreat Thursday morning to change from the hybrid plan orginally passed.
That's now three in the county, coming the day after an outbreak at a long-term care facility there.
Dr. Sheranda Gunn-Nolan, who has been a hospitalist for Sovah-Danville, takes over at both of Sovah's hospitals.
More than a dozen residents of area long-term care facilities have tested positive for the coronavirus, and most of them are now hospitalized with COVID-19. Outbreaks have been noted in Patrick County and Stanleytown.
She is The Harvest Foundation’s fourth president, succeeding Allyson Rothrock, who has retired after serving as president since 2008.
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PHCC sets committees to consider name reviews, pandemic-response plans presented to board.
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Patrick County Public Schools also backs away from its hybrid plan and will decide Tuesday.
The school had two commencement ceremonies on Friday to allow for social distancing.
With all due respect to Neil Sedaka…
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District spokesperson cites workload as reason for eliminating daily demographic breakdowns of new cases.
State leaders have updated Virginia's school reopening guidance, reflecting new physical distancing guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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During her many years of being a teacher, after the students went home for the day, Cheryl Fulton stayed behind to do her work.
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Two local grant programs that could put as much as $8,000 in the bank accounts of local businesses are drawing significant and immediate response.
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Back in early March, when our pastor canceled Sunday school, I thought he was overreacting to the coronavirus panic.
Monogram Snacks set a record Friday.
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Community leaders unmasked their concerns Thursday about Gov. Ralph Northam's order for everyone in public to wear face coverings starting Friday.
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Susan Blankenship had been taking all of the recommended health precautions since news of the coronavirus outbreak hit Virginia.
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Patrick Henry Community College President Angeline Godwin’s experience in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina helped spark members of her …