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Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept 14

Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept 14

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A resident of Martinsville and another from Patrick County have died of COVID-19. That news was part of Monday morning's report from the Virginia Department of Health. The West Piedmont Health District does not divulge any additional information. Cases are tracked by locality of residence. That's now 7 deaths in Martinsville and 14 in Patrick County. Oddly Patrick County had no new cases or hospitalizations in the report. There were 14 cases across the district -- 6 in Franklin County and 4 each in Henry County and Martinsville. Martinsville also had an additional hospitalization, but the statistics reported one fewer hospitalization in Henry County than had been reported. Patrick County students -- at least some of them -- are headed back to classrooms today to spend two days a week on campuses in the hybrid schedule the school district outlined during the summer. Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Stuart has called off the Patrick County Agricultural Fair for the first time in its 68 years. It's not only the loss of an event, but it's the chief fundraiser for the Rotary Club. The Associated Press reports this morning that there are 35 potential coronavirus vaccines in human trials across the world. China says there's no need for everyone in the country to get vaccinated, just frontline workers and high-risk populations. In. the U.S. Dr. Anthony Fauci says we're nowhere near having the virus under control. Worldwide cases today have surpassed 29 million. Meanwhile, a federal health official says Trump-appointed communications officials at the Department of Health and Human Services pushed to change the language of weekly reports released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so they didn't undermine the president's political message. The coronavirus is always part of the presidential campaign, but on Sunday night President Trump defied the governor of Nevada and had an indoor rally that violated state law for the number of people allowed to gather.  The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 134,571 cases and 2,743 deaths statewide -- 19 more than Sunday. Some 10,293 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 957 cases, with 105 hospitalizations and 16 deaths. Martinsville has had 363 cases, with 56 hospitalizations and 7 deaths. Patrick County has had 250 cases including 48 hospitalizations and 14 deaths. Franklin County has had 272 cases, 15 hospitalizations and 1 death. Danville has reported 756 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 906. Johns Hopkins University's real-time map showed 29,365,938 cases worldwide and 924,831 deaths. In the U.S. there are 6,520,733. There have been 194,087 deaths in the U.S. because of COVID-19.

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