Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept. 4 | Local News

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There are 27 more cases of the novel coronavirus reported this morning in the West Piedmont Health District, and three more residents have been hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s now nearly 1,700 cases and now more than 200 hospitalizations since the outset of the pandemic. Henry and Franklin each had 10 new positive tests. Martinsville had 4 and Patrick County 3. Henry County, Franklin County and Martinsville each had a resident that was hospitalized. The Henry County School Board talked about plans to return to the classroom by looking at how virtual learning is going in the district. There’s much info to be considered. The Henry County Industrial Development Corporation met this week and formerly incentive plans for new manufacturing investments that had been announced months ago. The cause of the delay? Yes, the pandemic. A model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation cites declining mask use in some regions from a peak in usage in early August as the foundation for a new forecast that 410,000 could be dead of COVID-19 by Jan. 1. The White House is looking to avoid a government shutdown as Congress digs in for more tense negotiations over the next round of coronavirus aid. The sides need to reach a deal to avoid a shutdown by the end of September. Jobless claims were lower in the report released Friday morning. The actor Sharon Stone discusses the trauma of dealing with COVID-19 in her family. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 124,779 cases and 2,662 deaths statewide. Some 9,798 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 880 cases, with 95 hospitalizations and 16 deaths. Martinsville has had 334 cases, with 49 hospitalizations and 6 deaths. Patrick County has had 242 cases including 47 hospitalizations and 13 deaths. Franklin County has had 235 cases, 11 hospitalizations and 1 death. Danville has reported 647 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 827. Johns Hopkins University’s real-time map showed 26,337,473 cases worldwide and 869,331 deaths. In the U.S. there are 6,151,253. There have been 186,806 deaths in the U.S. because of COVID-19.

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