The summary of today's new data
That death added on Monday to the toll in Patrick County has been removed this morning by the Virginia Department of Health. Reductions sometimes occur when records are reviewed more fully, sometimes because of geographic confusion or even a clerical error. That leaves 45 residents of Patrick Count who have died of COVID-19 and 332 in the West Piedmont Health District, now four this month. VDH posts its new data as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. The database removed one each from females, 70-79 and white, which is the description that had been added earlier this week. Meanwhile there were six new cases of COVID-19 added to the database, and 5 of them are in Henry County. The other is in Franklin County. This news comes the day after officials confirmed that the volatile delta variant was linked to 3 cases in the district. Health officials nationally said delta is responsible for 83% of all new cases. VDH this morning reports 678 new cases statewide as a new surge continues. The 7-day average statewide is up to 467. There were only 4 new deaths. The 7-day average of new cases in the district remained at 5 but grew to 3.9 per 100,000 residents. The 14-day average per 100K is 47.92.
The top headlines
- Delta variant found in West Piedmont Health District, and another death reported
- Tourists are returning to Virginia Beach, but hotels are struggling to rebound from pandemic
- Officials urge vaccines as coronavirus infections spike
- US life expectancy sees biggest drop since WWII
- How COVID-19 is transforming the Tokyo Olympics even before the Games start
- COVID-19 claims life of Henry County teacher who had been vaccinated
The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning:
686,884 cases, 11,491 deaths — up by 4 from Tuesday — 31,037 hospitalizations
- HENRY COUNTY: 4,701 cases, 378 hospitalizations, 124 deaths
- MARTINSVILLE: 1,634 cases, 170 hospitalizations, 79 deaths
- PATRICK COUNTY: 1,423 cases, 120 hospitalizations, 46 deaths
- FRANKLIN COUNTY: 4,146 cases, 201 hospitalizations, 83 deaths
- WEST PIEDMONT HEALTH DISTRICT: 11,904 cases, 869 hospitalizations, 331 deaths
Danville reported 4,520 cases (142 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 5,712 (85 deaths).
- Worldwide cases: 191,590,043
- Worldwide deaths: 4,121,477
- U.S. cases: 34,177,957
- U.S. deaths: 609,549
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