The summary of today's new data
There were 18 net new cases of COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health District recorded as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, but almost all of them were in Franklin County. There were no new deaths or hospitalizations reported by the Virginia Department of Health. The number of new cases actually was 19, but there was 1 case deducted in Henry County. Franklin County had 15 new cases, and Patrick County had 4. Martinsville had none. Cases sometimes are subtracted because they accidentally were entered in the wrong locality or because some ZIP codes (by which they are located) spill across lines of localities. The 7-day rolling average remained at 12 cases, with 8.9 per 100,000 population. Patrick County Public Schools this morning returned to regular, full-day, in-person schedules, dropping its hybrid structure.
The top headlines
- West Piedmont Health District moves into Phase 2 of vaccination process
- Biden makes all adults eligible for a vaccine on April 19
- Survey: Even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely
- Increases in COVID cases, positivity are alarming Southwest Virginia hospital officials
- Democratic candidates for governor differ on police reform in first formal debate
The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning:
629,155 cases, 10,415 deaths — up by 14 from Tuesday — 26,911 hospitalizations
- HENRY COUNTY: 4,404 cases, 315 hospitalizations, 121 deaths
- MARTINSVILLE: 1,557 cases, 141 hospitalizations, 76 deaths
- PATRICK COUNTY: 1,287 cases, 99 hospitalizations, 41 deaths
- FRANKLIN COUNTY: 3,900 cases, 146 hospitalizations, 72 deaths
- WEST PIEDMONT HEALTH DISTRICT: 11,148 cases, 701 hospitalizations, 310 deaths
Danville reported 4,194 cases (127 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 5,360 (76 deaths).
- Worldwide cases: 132,544,153
- Worldwide deaths: 2,876,084
- U.S. cases: 30,847,926
- U.S. deaths: 556,529
(130) updates to this series since
That means that vaccine is now open to everyone 16 and older.
These schedule changes were provided to the Martinsville Bulletin and will be updated as new information is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Martinsville and Franklin County each report a new death.
Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell spoke with the Bulletin last week about the announcement the track would be able to host up to 30 percent of its capacity for the upcoming spring NASCAR race weekend. Campbell said they don't think they will be able to get 30 percent and still maintain social distancing among fans, but he still expects a good crowd for all three races.
Thousands more Virginians than would be expected lost their lives during the past year. Hardest hit were the oldest among us who died directly from the coronavirus, but also from loneliness, isolation and perhaps less robust care. But they were not the only age group to have more deaths than would be expected.
Another death from the virus has been disclosed by the Virginia Department of Health.
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A federal judge declined Friday to tamper with Virginia’s restrictions meant to slow the spread of the pandemic, ruling that public safety outweighs the rights of a wedding venue that argued it is being treated unfairly.
There have been more than 48,500 doses distributed in the district.
Martinsville-Henry County leaders remind the public not to let down their guard against COVID-19.
The Blue Ridge Health District suggests some may have made an hours-long trek to Southern Virginia for a vaccine.
Scientists at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech may have developed a potential COVID-19 vaccine that would protect against existing and future strains of coronavirus, cost about $1 per dose and be easily transported.
Another Patrick County resident has died of COVID-19.
Virginia will ease restrictions on social gatherings starting April 1, when the limit will increase from 10 to 50 people indoors and from 50 to 100 outdoors, according to a new order from Gov. Ralph Northam.
Piedmont Arts paints a post-pandemic picture of its future.
Hundreds of thousands of infected individuals, more than 10,000 deaths. This is how the state withstood.
With the opening of the community vaccination center at the Danville Mall, I wanted to publicly acknowledge and recognize what makes our communities unique. Sovah Health has only been one part of our vaccine response team. To name them all would be extensive. Watching the volunteerism of so many in our communities has been heart-warming. Thank you to all!
Nearly 1 in 4 people now has received at least one shot.
West Piedmont Health Director Dr. Kerry Gateley reflects on the expectations and realities delivered by COVID-19.
This one is difficult to celebrate.
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Vaccination efforts continue to grow and the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to trend downward throughout the West Piedmont Health District.
Mulberry Creek Nursing & Rehab on Blue Ridge Road and Martinsville Health & Rehab on Spruce Street both have begun allowing visitations, following safety guidelines. Meanwhile, LPMS won't close despite news that one of its on-campus students tested positive for the coronavirus.
Two more deaths make 299 since the pandemic began.
There have been no patients in the hospital's COVID-19 unit.
Health officials said that most names in the district who had signed up for the vaccine have been contacted.
Three outbreaks at long-term-care facilities in the district have been closed.
Sovah-Martinsville continues to have an empty COVID-19 unit.
There were four more deaths in Franklin County added to the database on Wednesday.
There were three more deaths reported Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Health.
Hybrid learning schedules resume again.
Two more deaths recorded in Henry County.
No firm date for when next group of students might return.
Unlike Henry and Patrick counties and most other school districts, no teams have played in MCPS.
Clear protocols were followed as students were delivered to the school.
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There now have been 29 deaths recorded in the first six days of March.
The Austin house on Westover Lane features an art collection of paintings and glassworks.
More deaths assigned to outbreaks at long-term-care facilities in Martinsville.
Smallest children and others with special needs will go first.
About a third of students say they will remain virtual.
Health officials talk about progress with vaccination rates and encourage continued caution.
The unit will travel around the region to provide COVID-19 vaccines to people who have difficulty getting access.
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There were 79 deaths recorded in the 28 days, nearly double the mark of 42 set in January.
Data for those vaccinated in Martinsville have been adjusted by the Virginia Department of Health.
Single-day record of 11 reported on Friday.
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Nearly 17,000 in the West Piedmont Health District have received at least one dose of vaccine.
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The Virginia Department of Health has launched a centralized preregistration system for COVID-19 vaccinations but warned that with millions of people expected to visit the site on Tuesday, delays and problems might occur.
Mulberry Creek now has had 151 cases and 10 deaths associated with that outbreak.
City updates its demolition plan for dilapidated properties.
Two more deaths were revealed on Tuesday.
Clearview students will be the first to return, on March. 8.
Martinsville City Schools Superintendent Zeb Talley said Monday the district has a 'hard and fast rule' to not return to sports this year until students are back in the classroom.
Both pastors, one in Axton and the other in Bassett, were hospitalized just days after Christmas.
Officials explain the registration and vaccine processes you might encounter.
CVS and Walmart in Martinsville and Stuart and the Salem VA Medical Center announce plans to offer the vaccine starting next week.
School district and health officials conduct clinics to get teachers ready for students' return.
The last day of the month included a new death in Henry County but only 25 new cases in the district.
HCPS announced its hybrid plans in email to families. The district also is allowing winter sports teams to play in postseason tournaments, which are scheduled to start next week.
Three more were reported dead of COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health District during the past two days.
The Cougars played their first pandemic-era games on Friday night after many cancellations, and this was hardly normal.
The tide starts to turn on the coronavirus pandemic, as the first of the general public in Martinsville were vaccinated Thursday.
Ten people -- matching the total from Sept. 15 -- - were reported to have died from the virus.
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The woman, who also has worked in Martinsville, lately has made slow but steady progress.
West Piedmont Health District will distribute information both electronically and in paper at central locations.
Sovah Health has administered about 1,500 doses.
Board makes no changes to plan to resume hybrid learning on Jan. 19.
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Each hospital is following CDC and VDH guidelines.
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