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Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Feb. 20
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Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Feb. 20

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Two deaths of Henry County residents from COVID-19 and a new outbreak at a long-term-care facility in the county spoiled what otherwise would've been a good report this morning from the Virginia Department of Health. These were the first two deaths in the county reported in a week and pushed to 85 the number of residents lost to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. These deaths could have occurred at any time in the past few weeks. VDH typically checks death certificates before adding to its database. All statistics are tracked by a person's residence. The outbreak is at the King's Grant Retirement Facility and is dated back to Jan. 13, although it only was added to the tracking database on Friday. There are 35 cases associated with the outbreak and at least a couple of deaths. VDH does not list death totals until they reach 5 as a privacy protection. In Martinsville, the outbreak at Martinsville Health & Rehab re-emerged on the database, with 39 cases and a few deaths. Mulberry Creek Nursing & Rehab now officially has recorded 11 deaths with outbreak, but the number of cases remained at 151. There now have been 203 victims of the virus in the West Piedmont Health District. The otherwise good news was that there were only 16 new cases reported this morning, the second-lowest single-day total since Oct. 5. The 7-day rolling average of new cases fell to 27. Henry County had 12 of those new cases and 1 of 2 new hospitalizations. Franklin County had 2 new cases and the other. Martinsville and Patrick County each had only 1 new case. Since the pandemic began, the district has recorded 10,410 cases, 612 hospitalizations and 203 deaths. The health district had a drive-thru vaccination clinic on Saturday morning at Martinsville Speedway for vaccinations by appointment....Winter storms sprawling across the U.S. that have burst pipes, left millions without power in freezing temperatures and fueled severe food shortages are now disrupting Virginia’s weekly vaccine shipments. More than 106,000 doses will likely be delayed, as will the supply kits of needles, syringes, personal protective equipment and vaccination cards tied to each order....President Joe Biden toured a state-of-the art coronavirus vaccine plant Friday, intent on showcasing progress even as extreme winter weather across the U.S. handed his vaccination campaign its first major setback, delaying shipment of about 6 million doses and causing temporary closures of inoculation sites in many communities....The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 561,812 cases and 7,197 deaths statewide -- up by 99 since Friday. Some 23,369 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 4,111 cases, with 273 hospitalizations and 85 deaths. Martinsville has had 1,480 cases, with 125 hospitalizations and 44 deaths. Patrick County has had 1,171 cases including 89 hospitalizations and 32 deaths. Franklin County has had 3,648 cases, 125 hospitalizations and 42 deaths. Danville has reported 4,186 cases (97 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 4,655 (56 deaths). Johns Hopkins University's real-time map showed 110,824,736 cases worldwide and 2,454,343 deaths. In the U.S. there have been 28,006,772 cases and 495,816 deaths because of COVID-19.

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