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Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept. 16
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Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept. 16

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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 data

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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