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COVID-19 claims another resident of Martinsville

COVID-19 claims another resident of Martinsville

From the Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Aug. 26 series
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VDH report

Statewide report on the coronavirus for Tuesday.

Staff report

Another resident of Martinsville has died from COVID-19.

The Virginia Department of Health reported this death in Tuesday morning’s release of new data. There are no details available about the death, which is the fourth resident of Martinsville to be taken by the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

In the past seven days, 11 people now have died of COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health District, which includes Martinsville and Henry, Patrick and Franklin counties, and this is the 29th death since the pandemic began in March.

VDH tracks statistics based on where a person lives, not where the disease is contracted or the actual death or hospitalization occurred.

There were also 30 new cases and two hospitalizations reported across district on Tuesday.

Henry County had 13 of those cases. Martinsville had nine, Patrick County had six, and Franklin County had two.

The two new hospitalizations both were of Patrick County residents.

These data continue a distinct surge in all measurements in the district.

Some 14,589 residents of the district have now been tested for the virus, and 15.4% have proved positive. Statewide, in nearly 1.5 million tests, the rate is 6.4%.

VDH does not supply testing data by county.

Henry and Patrick counties and Martinsville all have seen outbreaks (two or more positive cases in the same proximity) in nursing homes, businesses and even schools.

Henry County and Martinsville have combined for more than 1,000 cases, 124 hospitalizations and 18 deaths.

Henry County has had 763, with 80 hospitalizations and 14 deaths, and Martinsville has had 289, with 44 hospitalizations and four deaths.

Patrick County has had 205 cases, including 44 hospitalizations and 10 deaths. Franklin County has had 203 cases, 8 hospitalizations and 1 death.

By comparison, Danville has reported 550 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 663.

The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 114,635 cases and 2,494 deaths statewide — an increase of 23. Some 9,259 people have been hospitalized.

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