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Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept. 13
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Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept. 13

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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 data

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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