Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Oct. 17 | Local News

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For the second consecutive day no one from the West Piedmont Health District was listed today as having died from COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean the Virginia Department of Health didn’t list a whole new spate of positive tests for the novel coronavirus. There were 46 across the district, with recent hotspot Franklin Count accounting for 29 of them. Henry County added 7 cases — along with the only hospitalization — and Martinsville added 6 and Patrick County 4. Patrick County Schools on Thursday night sent out a note about a positive case of COVID-19 at Patrick County High School. The note said that the staff and students affected have been contacted individually and that school officials are working with the health department. Localyte is a new app created by a group of software developers from the Roanoke and New River valleys in an effort to help local businesses mitigate the costs of losing revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those hit hardest by Virginia Tech football games not being open to the public. The Warner-Gade race for the Senate is being shaped by the debate about the coronavirus. The United States on Friday surpassed 8 million recorded COVID-19 cases — a milestone that comes as daily infection rates are rising, which experts say is setting the country up for a very difficult winter. Indiana has been hit especially hard lately. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 165,238 cases and 3,422 deaths statewide — up by 14 from Friday. Some 11,831 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 1,237 cases, with 134 hospitalizations and 31 deaths. Martinsville has had 451 cases, with 63 hospitalizations and 23 deaths. Patrick County has had 299 cases including 52 hospitalizations and 26 deaths. Franklin County has had 637 cases, 25 hospitalizations and 4 deaths. Danville has reported 1,113 cases (38 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 1,195 (12 deaths). Johns Hopkins University’s real-time map showed 39,461,816 cases worldwide and 1,106,519 deaths. In the U.S. there have been 8,076,103 cases and 218,812 deaths because of COVID-19.

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