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Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: July 1

Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: July 1

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The forecast is dire from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the director of the CDC as they told a Senate committee on Tuesday that the spiraling number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. is growing unabated. Fauci predicted that the number of new cases daily -- now nearly 50,000 -- soon could reach 100,000. Gov. Ralph Northam, watching what was happening elsewhere, did put the brakes on reopening of bars as part of Phase 3, which goes into effect today. Meanwhile, a broader number of public officials now are telling people to wear masks as the political divide on the issue is now being removed by some leaders. Meanwhile that explosion of cases in the West Piedmont Health District slowed on Tuesday, with only eight new ones announced. Are you going to miss the big fireworks shows at the Martinsville Speedway and the Martinsville Mustangs' game this July 4th? You still can have sparkle and sizzle. We tell you how and show you how to be safe. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning reported there are 63,203 cases and have been 1,786 deaths statewide. Some 6,262 people have been hospitalized. Henry County's number of positive cases increased to 264, with 23 hospitalized and 4 deaths. Martinsville has 78 cases, 10 hospitalized and 1 death. Patrick County has 47 cases, and 2 have been hospitalized, and now 2 dead. Franklin County's total is at 91, with 6 hospitalized and 1 death. Danville now has 87 cases, and Pittsylvania County has 122. Johns Hopkins University's real-time map showed 10,501,482 cases worldwide and 511,909 deaths. In the U.S. there are 2,636,538 cases. There have been 127,425 deaths in the U.S. 

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