Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Sept. 5 | Local News

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Henry County now has had more than 900 cases of the novel coronavirus. The Virginia Department of Health reported Saturday that there were 17 more cases in the county, pushing the total to 907. Across the West Piedmont Health District there were 29 more cases, with Martinsville and Franklin County reporting 5 each and Patrick County, 2. Henry, Patrick and Franklin counties each also had a new hospitalization. There were no new deaths. Virginia lawmakers took steps Friday to make voting by mail easier, with expanded hours and drop-off boxes among other measures. But at the same time some Virginians are rallying against the prospect that a coronavirus vaccine would be mandatory in the state. There was a rally in Richmond. With Labor Day weekend here, health officials are worried about further outbreaks of the coronavirus. Why? Because they blamed unabashed behavior on Memorial Day weekend for causing the huge rise in cases this past summer. Further a widely cited model predicts worsening outbreaks in the Northern Hemisphere will lead to 1.9 million more coronavirus deaths in 2020 unless governments act. The model projects the wave will peak globally in mid-December at 30,000 deaths per day and in the United States in early December at about 2,900 deaths per day. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 125,727 cases and 2,677 deaths statewide — up 15 from Friday. Some 9,849 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 907 cases, with 96 hospitalizations and 16 deaths. Martinsville has had 339 cases, with 49 hospitalizations and 6 deaths. Patrick County has had 244 cases including 48 hospitalizations and 13 deaths. Franklin County has had 240 cases, 12 hospitalizations and 1 death. Danville has reported 652 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 833. Johns Hopkins University’s real-time map showed 26,654,344 cases worldwide and 875,400 deaths. In the U.S. there are 6,202,438. There have been 187,777 deaths in the U.S. because of COVID-19.

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