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Henry County continues sharp climb: 33 more cases today and 2 more deaths this week

Henry County continues sharp climb: 33 more cases today and 2 more deaths this week

From the Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Aug. 14 series
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The surge of COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health District continues to grow at a rapid and deadly pace.

Henry County added 33 new positive tests of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, based on the daily statistical report released by the Virginia Department of Health.

That pushed the county’s total cases to 644, and three more hospitalizations made that number 72.

On Tuesday two more residents of the county died of COVID-19, meaning that now nine have been victim to this pandemic.

Health district personnel don’t provide background information on specific deaths. VDH records them based on the county or municipality of residence, and not where a person may have been at the time of falling ill.

But look at where Henry County was just two weeks ago, on July 31: 477 cases, with 54 hospitalizations and five deaths.

That means that the county’s case count has grown by 31% in 13 days, and the hospitalizations have increased by about 25% and deaths by 80%.

The county now has 1263.9 cases per 100,000 residents and 17.7 deaths.

Martinsville, which on Thursday reported 10 new cases and one new hospitalization – for 229 and 36 overall, plus three deaths – is even worse, growing by 44% since July, with hospitalizations up 50%.

The city, one of the last in Virginia to post a positive test, now has 1,774.9 per 100K, with a death rate of 23.3.

Patrick County, which has been the victim of a huge outbreak at a nursing facility, had six more cases on Thursday, too. That’s 167 cases total, including 34 hospitalizations and four deaths.

On June 30, by comparison, Patrick County had 45 cases – so that’s a 271% increase in six weeks. Deaths have doubled, and hospitalizations rose from two to 34.

The Virginia Department of Health reported statewide there have been 103,602 cases and 2,363 deaths. Some 8,592 people have been hospitalized.

The total for the West Piedmont Health District is had 1,217 cases – Franklin County added 177 – along with 17 deaths and 149 hospitalizations.

Most victims in the district are white and female, and about a third are between the ages of 40 and 59.

Comparatively across Virginia most are Latino females (barely an edge in gender) in the 20-29 age bracket.

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