The summary of today's new data
The quietest month for COVID-19 the West Piedmont Health District has seen in the nearly a year ended Friday with 13 more cases being recorded by 5 p.m. by the Virginia Department of Health. There was 1 more hospitalization, too, but there were no new deaths for the ninth consecutive day. Only 7 were recorded in all of April. The 7-day average for new cases ended the month at 10, with 7.1 per 100,000 population. There were lower averages during April, but the month by far had the lowest consistent averages since at least July. All the cases new cases listed Friday were from Franklin County (8) and Henry County (5). Franklin County also had the only hospitalization. Also nearly 83,000 doses of vaccine have been distributed in the district, with 35,321 (25.7% of the public) being fully vaccinated.
The top headlines
- GOP seeks to convince vaccine skeptics within its own ranks
- Momentum grows for closing gaps in US vaccine requirements
- State eases outdoors mask policy for vaccinated people, to match CDC guidelines
The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning:
660,553 cases, 10,777 deaths — up by 7 from Friday — 28,486 hospitalizations
- HENRY COUNTY: 4,498 cases, 342 hospitalizations, 121 deaths
- MARTINSVILLE: 1,583 cases, 154 hospitalizations, 76 deaths
- PATRICK COUNTY: 1,338 cases, 103 hospitalizations, 43 deaths
- FRANKLIN COUNTY: 3,994 cases, 170 hospitalizations, 74 deaths
- WEST PIEDMONT HEALTH DISTRICT: 11,413 cases, 769 hospitalizations, 314 deaths
Danville reported 4,348 cases (134 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 5,491 (78 deaths).
- Worldwide cases: 151,508,053
- Worldwide deaths: 3,182,804
- U.S. cases: 32,346,895
- U.S. deaths: 576,239
(130) updates to this series since
WASHINGTON (AP) — When a group of Republican doctors in Congress released a video selling the safety of the coronavirus vaccine, their message wasn't explicitly aimed at their conservative constituents, but nonetheless had a clear political bent.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A law adopted this week in Connecticut adds momentum to the push to strengthen vaccination requirements for schoolchildren, but efforts to give families more leeway are brewing in statehouses around the country in debates that go back more than a century.
PARIS (AP) — Workers and union leaders dusted off bullhorns and flags that had stayed furled during coronavirus lockdowns for slimmed down but still boisterous — and at times violent — May Day marches on Saturday, demanding more labor protections amid a pandemic that has turned economies and workplaces upside down.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s state statistical service says the number of deaths nationwide in the first three months of 2021 was more than 25% higher than the same period a year ago, and it reported thousands more deaths due to COVID-19 in March than tallied by the country's coronavirus task force.
Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday updated the state's rules on mask wearing in order to match new federal guidelines which say fully vaccinated people need not wear masks outdoors if alone or in small groups.
In one day, Gov. Ralph Northam highlighted state legislation temporarily increasing financial assistance for families to pay for child care, and President Joe Biden proposed to raise the eligibility level by 75% and make the change permanent.
Unemployment rates improved in all but one locality across the region in the past 30-day reporting period as did the overall rate across the state.
Her contributions to the community were widely praised.
Virginia’s vaccination map is starting to look like our election maps.
Virginia's public colleges have the authority to mandate vaccines among students, the attorney general said in an opinion Monday.
It's the areas with lower rates of vaccinated residents that worry health officials.
More contagious and severe viruses have sent three people to the hospital.
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A resident of Patrick County has died from the virus.
Students in the Martinsville area's junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers continue to lead the nation -- and the world.
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The cost of reversion, though, could change that in coming years.
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Smartphones buzzed Monday morning with an emergency alert from Virginia health officials: all Virginians age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, a group that includes about 3 million people.
The rise in variants is most likely the driving factor.
More than half of all US adults have now gotten at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This was the 313th resident of the district to die from the disease brought on by the coronavirus.
Now that more than 70,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the West Piedmont Health District as of Thursday, beginning Sunday, all …
It doesn’t matter how edgy and elegant the dress might be.
Salary increases are a large part of the projected $90,669,832 needed to run and schools and fund construction.
Vaccination doses have been about 1,000 a day in the district in the past month.
The budget for fiscal year 2021-22 will be $11.5 million higher than the current year.
Virginia pandemic restrictions make it impossible to hold a traditional state prom -- so parents are crossing the state line to do it themselves.
Superintendent says more parents want their children to return to school.
After not playing any sports in either of the winter or fall seasons, Martinsville City Public Schools officially announced Monday night they …
Appalachian Power is tooling up plans to restart a project in Henry County involving approximately 15 miles of upgraded transmission lines from its substation on Appalachian Drive in Fieldale to it’s Ridgeway Substation on Old Mill Road near the Virginia-North Carolina border.
Although Virginia's number of excess deaths was 17.1% above the expected total, the state's increase was lower than the national average.
What a difference a year makes. In the early days of April 2020, Virginians still were struggling to grasp the scope of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 3,000 residents joined the list of fully vaccinated.
The skies were daunting before Saturday night's Cup race, but fans began to mask up and arrive.
COVID-19 vaccines are available to anyone 16 and older these days. Soon that age will be lowered to, well, everyone. That’s a really beautiful thing.
We lost some things, but we gained a little more.
Henry County students who are attending on the hybrid plan will return to classroom four days a week starting April 19.
How many fans will be allowed to attend remains to be seen.
That means that vaccine is now open to everyone 16 and older.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Alarming increases in COVID-19 inpatients and regional testing positivity have Ballad Health officials concerned.
That's now 76 who have died from the virus.
Virginia hit four million vaccines administered over the weekend, doubling the total number of shots reported between Dec. 14 and March 5 in 31 days.
Virus infection rates in the United States are coming down. They’re still among the highest in the world, far higher than in most developed nations, but they are coming down. Thank you, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.
The most recent casualty was a resident of Henry County.
“Please be aware of the yellow ribbons that have been placed around the area as a reminder of those we have lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eac…
The trends after the middle of the month were almost all positive -- including vaccination rates.
By April 18, COVID-19 vaccines will be freely available to all Virginians over the age of 16, Gov. Ralph Northam promised on Thursday.
Online video dance competition will let votes buy sponsor support of charities.
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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.
Patricia Gravely knows about pandemics.
The gender of a toy is up for debate.
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.
This may seem a bit odd, but, thank you.
PHCC's Dominque Lyons and Jorge Mussi face life upended.
Plans haven't gone quite like he expected.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors in January presented the Jack Dalton Community Service Award, its highest honor, to the health care work…
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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Positive tests, daily case numbers hit lowest points in months.
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.
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'We recognized reporting issues and specifically for the city of Martinsville.'
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West Piedmont Health District's daily death count almost same as new cases.
There were 2 more deaths and 2 new outbreaks.
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Ten people -- matching the total from Sept. 15 -- - were reported to have died from the virus.
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We take back at the path we've taken: from reversion to virus to protest to an election and back again.
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