Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Oct. 16 | Local News

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No one was reported this morning to have died from COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health District. But the Virginia Department of Health did report 20 net new cases for the district. That’s “net” because statisticians subtracted a case for Patrick County that had been added earlier this week. Franklin County added 11 new cases and the only 3 hospitalizations in the district, pushing the county past 600 cases. That’s 235 cases in Franklin County since the beginning of October — roughly 14 cases a day. Henry County added 10 more cases this morning as well and how has 1,230. Martinsville had no new cases. The U.S. is approaching 8 million cumulative coronavirus cases, and there were 59,494 new cases reported nationwide on Wednesday alone, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. As of Thursday morning, the nation is now averaging 52,345 new cases a day, up 16% from the previous week, a trend that concerns health experts as we head into the cooler months. There are high increases in 21 states, many in the Midwest. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he was in intensive care for seven days while he fought the virus. Meanwhile, a big global study by the World Health Organization concluded remdesivir, the experimental antiviral drug, has little to no effect on the recovery of hospitalized coronavirus patients. WHO called the results “disappointing.” The Michigan health department and Michigan State University on Thursday launched a voluntary smartphone app to notify people if they have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, a step toward potentially taking the technology statewide. And by the end of the weekend, the total number of cases worldwide likely will exceed 40 million and in the U.S. will surpass 8 million. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 164,124 cases and 3,408 deaths statewide — up by 20 from Thursday. Some 11,780 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 1,230 cases, with 133 hospitalizations and 31 deaths. Martinsville has had 445 cases, with 63 hospitalizations and 23 deaths. Patrick County has had 295 cases including 52 hospitalizations and 26 deaths. Franklin County has had 608 cases, 25 hospitalizations and 4 deaths. Danville has reported 1,094 cases (38 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 1,183 (11 deaths). Johns Hopkins University’s real-time map showed 38,998,580 cases worldwide and 1,099,409 deaths. In the U.S. there have been 7,981,099 cases and 217,717 deaths because of COVID-19.

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