Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Aug. 30 | Local News
After such a volatile month of cases and deaths of COVID-19, the West Piedmont Health District has a rather quiet report this morning. There are 14 new cases and one new hospitalization — but no new deaths. Henry County has 9 of those cases, Franklin County 3 and Martinsville and Patrick County 1 each. The new hospitalization is in Martinsville. But this has been a really bad month in the district. Since Aug. 1 two people have died every three days, as cases continued to surge and the death rate has increased from 13 dead on Aug.1 to 34 dead as of today. Meanwhile, the Henry County Jail has taken steps to curtail an outbreak among the inmates. Sheriff Lane Perry wouldn’t say exactly how many, but he said “several” had been infected and that the outbreak was limited to two cells (which could mean more than 20 men). We also offer two personal perspectives again today on how students are learning from home and the problems there-in during the pandemic. A My Word by a teacher is insightful into how this has affected her work. Colleges and universities continue to be at the forefront of the case growth America. The University of Alabama has been hit particularly hard. The number of cases of the coronavirus worldwide have surpassed 25 million, which is, for perspective, more than the populations of Virginia and North Carolina combined. Deaths in the U.S. today could surpass 6 million. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 119,747 cases and 2,569 deaths statewide — only 1 new death since Saturday. Some 9,555 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 844 cases, with 91 hospitalizations and 16 deaths. Martinsville has had 326 cases, with 49 hospitalizations and 6 deaths. Patrick County has had 224 cases including 46 hospitalizations and 11 deaths. Franklin County has had 212 cases, 11 hospitalizations and 1 death. Danville has reported 604 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 768. Johns Hopkins University’s real-time map showed 25,039826,930 cases worldwide and 843,243 deaths. In the U.S. there are 5,962,057. There have been 182,785 deaths in the U.S. because of COVID-19.
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