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

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

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There were no new cases of COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health District, the Virginia Department of Health reported Sunday. Days with no positive cases have been rare. Patrick County Public Schools are scheduled to resume hybrid schedules on Monday, and the school board said that the number of students opting for two days in the classroom is smaller than originally expected. The addition of 1,300 cases reported Saturday were centered in Southwest Virginia, with the largest number by far of new cases reported was 130 for Montgomery County. The Virginia Department of Corrections reported that 407 inmates at the Deerfield Correctional Center in Capron currently have the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and six have died, the most deaths at any prison in Virginia. Coronavirus infections in the Dakotas are growing faster than anywhere else in the nation. North Dakota and South Dakota lead the country in new cases per capita over the last two weeks, ranking first and second respectively, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. Elsewhere, doctors worry about a coronavirus-and-flu "twin-demic" that could overwhelm the health care system. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 133,814 cases and 2,724 deaths statewide -- only 2 more than Saturday. Some 10,244 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 953 cases, with 106 hospitalizations and 16 deaths. Martinsville has had 359 cases, with 55 hospitalizations and 6 deaths. Patrick County has had 250 cases including 48 hospitalizations and 13 deaths. Franklin County has had 266 cases, 15 hospitalizations and 1 death. Danville has reported 745 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 906. Johns Hopkins University's real-time map showed 28,791,708 cases worldwide and 920,847 deaths. In the U.S. there are 6,486,469. There have been 193,705 deaths in the U.S. because of COVID-19.

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