The summary of today's new data
Henry County lost a death to COVID-19 from its total on Wednesday, and this morning the county lost another resident. That death -- the 135th since the pandemic began -- was the only one reported by the Virginia Department of Health. Although VDH added the death as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, it could've happened weeks or even months ago. VDH goes through an extensive review before adding deaths to its database. We know little about victims and cases -- officials won't comment -- except that all data are tracked by residence. This makes 12 deaths this month in the health district -- 6 of them in Henry County -- and pushes to 353 the number who have died across Henry, Patrick and Franklin counties and the city of Martinsville since March 2020. The district reported 55 new cases this morning, and Henry County again had the majority (25) of those. Franklin County accounted for 18, and Patrick County and Martinsville had 6 each. The district's 7-day average notched down to 50, or 36.6 per 100,000 residents. There were no new hospitalizations, this coming after dire reports from the Sovah Health on Tuesday and then the announcement that staffing and crowding would force the city of Martinsville's EMS to screen patients before taking them to the ER. Hospitals say they are seeing younger people admitted, and cases continue to tick up among the youngest. As of Thursday morning, VDH reported 2,196 cases in the district among those between the ages of birth and 19 -- up by 21 from Wednesday -- with 1,690 of them in the 10-19 bracket, an increase of 17. Hospitalizations remained at 14 (with 8 in the 10-19 bracket). Data by age groups aren't broken down by locality. Statewide there were 4,181 new cases reported this morning, and the 7-day average rose to 3,662, or 43 per 100K.
The top headlines
- Martinsville to screen patients for EMS transports
- Health district rocked by two more 'net' deaths
- 30 Richmond employees are on unpaid leave for not complying with vaccine mandate; 360 applied for exemption
- Culpeper teacher, coach, School Board member Bobby Jenkins dies of COVID-19
- McAuliffe and Youngkin will go head-to-head in first debate Thursday
- Biden $3.5T plan tests voter appeal of expansive gov't role
- Retail sales rose 0.7% in August as more Americans shopped online amid COVID-19 surge
The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning:
822,985 cases, 12,207 deaths — up by 37 from Wednesday — 35,337 hospitalizations — up by 176 from Wednesday.
- HENRY COUNTY: 5,647 cases, 408 hospitalizations, 135 deaths
- MARTINSVILLE: 1,837 cases, 182 hospitalizations, 84 deaths
- PATRICK COUNTY: 1,773 cases, 128 hospitalizations, 47 deaths
- FRANKLIN COUNTY: 5,160 cases, 227 hospitalizations, 87 deaths
- WEST PIEDMONT HEALTH DISTRICT: 14,417 cases, 945 hospitalizations, 353 deaths
Danville reported 5,567 cases (159 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 6,988 (93 deaths).
- Worldwide cases: 226,483,144
- Worldwide deaths: 4,662,058
- U.S. cases: 41,539,105
- U.S. deaths: 666,627
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(138) updates to this series since
Severe and deadly cases of COVID-19 continue to clog hospitals, and the city says staffing issues are forcing more careful decisions.
About 10% of Richmond city employees will not be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine after applying for an exemption to the city’s shot mandate.
Jenkins, 68, had been battling COVID-19-induced double pneumonia that ultimately led to kidney failure.
The COVID-19 pandemic will serve as the backdrop for the debate Thursday, when both gubernatorial candidates are expected to defend competing visions for managing the crisis. Other topics that could come up are taxes, abortion and the state's "right-to-work" law.
The offer came after the rapper's erroneous tweet alleging the vaccine causes impotence went viral.
Sovah-Martinsville official says patients are getting younger.
MCPS adds virus dashboard.
The school board had earlier decided to have a much less restrictive exemption plan.
Henry County has recorded 5 new deaths just this month.
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.
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.
Carnival Cruise Line announced it will keep its vaccine requirement policies in place for sailings in November and December this year
After this current fourth wave, another peak is possible early next year.
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Alarms are sounding among the medical community.
Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin are on their last stretch of campaigning before ballots start to be filled out.
A small but vocal audience of parents complained to the Henry County School Board that students should not have to wear masks.
Two days' of hearings at New College Institute will conclude with a public hearing. But you have to sign up to speak.
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.
While some residents are adjusting behavior, there's more work to do, UVa report.
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.
COVID-19 cases causing Southside hospitals to evaluate capacity 'hour-by-hour.'
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.
The state is better positioned to help those who are behind on rent and mortgages and fear evicton.
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.
If every word we have written about vaccinations and COVID-19 and the greater health needs of the public could be converted into a shot of vac…
There are millions being distributed to local governments and school districts.
He was a sports star at Martinsville High School, a beloved dentist and a key figure in returning live music to the area.
Vaccination rates are too low, but we don't see our elected officials stepping up to lead.
For the second consecutive day, there were no net new cases in the health district.
CVS and Walgreens locations in Virginia will start vaccinating the 12-to-15 age group on Thursday.
We’ve never understood when contradictions have emerged between science and politics. Why would a person’s affiliations with Republicans or De…
But hospitalizations are up, vaccination rates are down.
It doesn’t matter how edgy and elegant the dress might be.
We lost some things, but we gained a little more.
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The trends after the middle of the month were almost all positive -- including vaccination rates.
Another death from the virus has been disclosed by the Virginia Department of Health.
This one is difficult to celebrate.
This may seem a bit odd, but, thank you.
Plans haven't gone quite like he expected.
PHCC's Dominque Lyons and Jorge Mussi face life upended.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors in January presented the Jack Dalton Community Service Award, its highest honor, to the health care work…
West Piedmont Health Director Dr. Kerry Gateley reflects on the expectations and realities delivered by COVID-19.
Health officials said that most names in the district who had signed up for the vaccine have been contacted.
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Eight more victims reported on Tuesday.
The West Piedmont Health District and Sovah-Martinsville conducted a drive-thru vaccination clinic Saturday morning at Martinsville Speedway. …
West Piedmont Health District's daily death count almost same as new cases.
There were 2 more deaths and 2 new outbreaks.
Ten people -- matching the total from Sept. 15 -- - were reported to have died from the virus.
Kitty Sue Hooker remained healthy throughout her 94 years, and her sudden but peaceful death from COVID-19 took everyone by surprise.
Nurse Tova Yellock says that even though she has COVID-19, she still doesn’t regret her role on the front line of health care.