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Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept 15

Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept 15

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There are 10 people dead this morning of COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health District. That dire news emerged from the data in the West Piedmont Health District, and the total represented nearly 20% of all deaths statewide. Four of the deaths occurred in Patrick County, and there were 2 each in Henry County, Martinsville and Franklin County. These are the first deaths in Franklin County since it recorded the district's first casualty back in April. The health district provides no insight on this group of deaths, and they are recorded based on the residence of the victim. There were 32 new cases in all, including 8 in Franklin County, 6 in Henry, 5 in Patrick and 3 in Martinsville. The city also had a new hospitalization. More than 29 million people around the world have now been diagnosed with COVID-19, and the global death toll is about 925,000, which is only a couple of weeks away from 1 million. More than half a million children in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association. The child cases are likely underreported, because the way data is collected is not consistent across states. Even then, children now represent nearly 10% of all reported cases in the U.S., CNN reported. The pandemic has forced journalists to think about how to cover President Trump's indoor campaign rallies. On Sunday, they removed their reporters from the room and used a pool camera because of the potential for outbreak among the mostly maskless crowd. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 135,514 cases and 2,839 deaths statewide. Some 10,337 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 963 cases, with 105 hospitalizations and 18 deaths. Martinsville has had 366 cases, with 57 hospitalizations and 9 deaths. Patrick County has had 255 cases including 48 hospitalizations and 18 deaths. Franklin County has had 280 cases, 15 hospitalizations and 3 deaths. Danville has reported 767 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 914. Johns Hopkins University's real-time map showed 29,316,738 cases worldwide and 929,236 deaths. In the U.S. there are 6,555,408. There have been 194,547 deaths in the U.S. because of COVID-19.

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