The summary of today's new data
Almost 10,000 new cases. 53 deaths. 222 hospitalizations. That was COVID-19's impact in Virginia for the 3-day weekend. Because the Virginia Department of Health doesn't report data on weekends, the impact is greater on Mondays. But that's how the numbers changed as of 5 p.m. Sunday, when VDH recorded them. And in the West Piedmont Health District, that impact was powerful: 135 new cases, 4 hospitalizations and 5 deaths. The deaths were split between Henry County (3) and Franklin County (2), and they could have happened at any time in the past weeks and months. VDH does a diligent review of death certificates and other information before adding to its death toll. We always know very little about cases, except all data are tracked by residence. This pushes to 8 the number of deaths this month from COVID-19, and Henry County, which had no deaths for more than two months, has been particularly hard hit, with 5 of them. That's now 134 since the pandemic began. Franklin County has had 86, and there have been 349 across the district. Those two counties also were hit hard in other data points. Franklin County had 60 of the new cases and a hospitalization, and Henry County had 55, with 2 hospitalizations. Patrick County had 12 and Martinsville 8, with the other hospitalization. Saturday was the biggest day for new cases in the district, when 74 of them were reported, but the good news is that the 7-day average is down, to 56 or 40.8 per 100,000 residents. Henry County Public Schools reported Friday there were 3 new COVID-19 cases last week among staff and 24 among students and that 154 students and staff were under quarantine. Every school had at least one quarantine, although not every building did. This was a significant improvement from the 49 new cases and 276 quarantined individuals from the prior week. VDH, meanwhile, reports a new outbreak at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Franklin County. The outbreak, cited as of Sept. 4, involves 9 cases and no deaths. As of Monday morning, VDH reports 2,138 cases in the district among those between the ages of birth and 19 -- up by 42 from Friday -- with 1,646 of them in the 10-19 bracket, an increase of 33. Hospitalizations remained at 14 (with 8 in the 10-19 bracket). Data by age groups aren't broken down by locality.
The top headlines
- More than 185,070 Virginians packed the state's sports venues Saturday in a return to live events
- Increased vaccinations could help Va. avoid up to 200,000 cases, but rates have barely budged since July
- Martinsville man is latest victim of COVID-19 in West Piedmont Health District
- In-person workers are slow to return to jobs, data shows
- ANOTHER VIEW: To beat COVID-19, we need a firmer stance on the ‘right thing’ to do
The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning:
811,079 cases, 12,089 deaths — up by 53 from Friday — 34,918 hospitalizations — up by 222 from Friday.
- HENRY COUNTY: 5,575 cases, 409 hospitalizations, 134 deaths
- MARTINSVILLE: 1,827 cases, 182 hospitalizations, 82 deaths
- PATRICK COUNTY: 1,753 cases, 128 hospitalizations, 47 deaths
- FRANKLIN COUNTY: 5,094 cases, 225 hospitalizations, 86 deaths
- WEST PIEDMONT HEALTH DISTRICT: 14,249 cases, 944 hospitalizations, 349 deaths
Danville reported 5,461 cases (156 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 6,878 (91 deaths).
- Worldwide cases: 224,749,500
- Worldwide deaths: 4,632,672
- U.S. cases: 40,956,471
- U.S. deaths: 659,984
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A big sports weekend included near-capacity crowds at The Diamond, Richmond Raceway and Lane Stadium.
Nearly 4,500 more Virginians have been infected with the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The state’s hospitals are receiving more overall patients than at any point in the pandemic. And of the 73 outbreaks in progress, 49 are in day care centers and K-12 schools.
Cases across Virginia surpass the 800,000 level.
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West Piedmont Health District has surpassed 14,000 cases.
Danville Public Schools announced last week student-athletes will be required to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to regular testing throughout the season.
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A small but vocal audience of parents complained to the Henry County School Board that students should not have to wear masks.
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In-person classes are scheduled to resume Tuesday. The shutdown is intended to slow the spread of COVID-19, said Franklin County Schools Superintendent Bernice Cobbs.
Martinsville hospital reaching capacity at times, diversion becoming more frequent
Fairs in Patrick and Franklin counties have been canceled.
Virginia is moving toward loosening its first-in-the-nation COVID-19 workplace safety rules, which were designed to prevent the spread of the virus but also were criticized by many businesses as too unwieldy.
Officials say more than 8 out of 10 recent cases have been among unvaccinated residents.
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Some of the test results for elementary students declined by 50 and 60 percentage points.
Tammy Pearson was inspired by the story of COVID-19 patient Pam Hudson.
West Piedmont Health District records 84 more cases, and schools show dozens ill and hundreds quarantined.
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Playing a football season just three months after the last one ended has presented unique challenges for coaches across the state.
Outbreak emerges at Henry County Jail.
Game against Carroll County has been rescheduled.
The county School Board on Wednesday night did give teachers and staff the ability to provide more protections, such as dividers and shields.
The Virginia Department of Health has recommended Amherst County Public Schools temporarily close all of its secondary schools starting Thursday due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Those who were in contact with the students are under quarantine, Henry County Public Schools says.
School districts' rules for communicating and responding to cases vary.
Students who don't need to add or drop classes this semester can attend unvaccinated.
Currently, models suggest by September COVID-19 cases could easily exceed the high records set in January.
Cases continue to spike, but this is only second death this month in West Piedmont Health District.
Restaurants owners said they could not sustain enough workers to remain open.
The total for first 16 days of August surpasses May through July combined.
81 students and 3 staff members are out of school because of COVID exposure.
Nearly every locality in Virginia has substantial to high rates of coronavirus transmission, turning the commonwealth into a majority-red state when it comes to levels of community spread.
Model suggests Pittsylvania-Danville Health District could top records set in January.
Tuesday's reported 59 new cases were most in a day since February.
Dates for public meetings, hearing on reversion are confirmed.
County residents also speak out against face-covering policy.
Students began the new school year on Monday and on Tuesday Patrick Henry Elementary School Principal Cameron Cooper sent out a letter to all parents notifying them that someone on the school property had already tested positive for COVID-19.
Vaccination rates are improving as public responds to surge of new cases.
“You can rest assured that the vaccine works tremendously well to keep you from having to go to the hospital, but you can spread it to others even if you don’t know you have it. That’s why it behooves us to mask when we’re indoors and avoid crowds.”
Patrick County students to enter school with masks as recommended, not required -- following unanimous vote by school board and against advice of superintendent, attorney and insurance agent.
Three of the five health districts with the fastest-rising number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia are in the 5th Congressional District.
All areas are in the high or substantial transmission areas for COVID-19.
Vaccination clinics have been offered, and now masking and distancing return as the first lines of defense against COVID-19.
School systems will have to wait to see how much learning was lost during the pandemic.
The board could decide in early September to reverse that policy.
Students and employees at Virginia’s community colleges will be required to wear masks while indoors, said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the Virginia Community College System.
"I don't know that it can be any simpler than that," Northam said. "It's the law of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and I expect our school districts to follow the law."
Virginia’s rules requiring employers to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace technically still remain in place, though many businesses continue to urge a full repeal.
Hospitalized Bristol resident Travis Campbellis urging friends and family from his bed to get vaccinated.
New cases rose dramatically in the last two weeks of the month, and health officials say that social gatherings and absence of shots have caused that surge.
Classes begin on Monday, and the return to school is a concerned because so few students are vaccinated against the virus.
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Low vaccination rates and high positivity rates are key factors along with new variant cases.
Virginia could be on the path to exceeding its worst months of the pandemic in September if cases and vaccination rates stay the same while the delta variant spread accelerates, according to projections from the University of Virginia’s weekly COVID-19 report.
The 20 cases were the most in a day in the past two months.
As COVID-19 vaccinations continue to lag in the West Piedmont Health District, officials of Sovah-Martinsville and its parent company continue to encourage employees to get shots if not require them.
Officials are taking the state's guidance and evaluating options.
“People are going to have to make a choice,” said Hollins President Mary Dana Hinton. “We have to think about what’s best for our community.”
Virginia's departments of health and education are urging all elementary school students and staff to wear masks in schools, regardless of vaccination status, until vaccines are available to children under 12.
Nearly a third were Latino - a population that accounts for barely a tenth of Virginia's residents.
Health officials say there are three cases -- and likely more -- infected with the delta variant.
New models show infections increasing through the fall.
Sovah-Martinsville is treating two patients infected by variants.
Patrick County residents don't like to say why they won't get a shot of a vaccine to combat COVID-19.
Amy Ferguson of Ridgeway, who had taught 32 years in middle schools, died in Orlando, Fla., while on vacation.
They are first in county in three months despite low vaccination rates and rises in cases, hospitalizations.
There were only about three cases per day, but shots were down by 35%.
This death was identified on Friday and apparently unrelated to a new victim reported in Franklin County.
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For the second consecutive day, there were no net new cases in the health district.
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Health officials said that most names in the district who had signed up for the vaccine have been contacted.
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West Piedmont Health District's daily death count almost same as new cases.
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