Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: June 28

Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: June 28

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The coronavirus continues to spread across many states, with reports of records being set in several on Saturday. The West Piedmont Health District announced 14 cases of COVID-19 on Friday evening, but Virginia continues to small increases in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths (check out the new numbers below). Meanwhile, Henry County Public Schools has sent its plan to reopen campuses on Aug. 10 for approval by the Virginia Department of Education. The plan calls for a mix of in-person and distance learning. We have the full report. Sovah-Martinsville and UNC Rockingham in Eden, N.C., both announced they were relaxing rules to allow limited visitors for patients to go along with reopening to some surgeries that had been put on hold because of COVID-19. Internationally today cases have surpassed 10 million, and deaths are just short of a half million, with the U.S. reporting accounting for about 25% of each total. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning reported there are 61,736 cases and have been 1,732 deaths statewide (only 8 since Saturday). Some 6,136 people have been hospitalized (up 16 since Saturday). Henry County's number of positive cases increased to 249, with 22 hospitalized and 4 deaths. Martinsville has 72 cases, 9 hospitalized and 1 death. Patrick County has 42 cases, and 2 have been hospitalized, and now 2 dead. Franklin County's total is at 66, with 5 hospitalized and 1 death. Danville now has 80 cases, and Pittsylvania County has 108. Johns Hopkins University's real-time map showed 10,006,980 cases worldwide and 499,306 deaths. In the U.S. there are 2,510,337 cases -- that's up about 50,000 since Saturday. There have been 125,539 deaths in the U.S. 

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