West Piedmont Health District has 34 more positive cases of the novel coronavirus this morning. There also are four more hospitalizations. Henry County added 16 cases, Martinsville added 9, Patrick County 7 and Franklin County 2. There were 2 hospitalizations in Martinsville and 1 each in Henry and Patrick counties. Further, there is more information about the large spike of positive tests in Henry County — and the West Piedmont Health District — that was revealed on Thursday. Meanwhile, officials in Virginia are going to look for antibodies in children as a step to fight the virus. About 1,000 will be tested. Legislators at a special session next week in Richmond may try to push through some steps to provide relief. And the Virginia Lottery ended the year with a large profit. Meanwhile, there was a big spike in Michigan on Thursday. And teachers across the country continue to express concerns about reopening. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 104,838 cases and 2,370 deaths statewide — an increase of just seven. Some 8,650 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 660 cases, with 73 hospitalizations and 9 deaths. Martinsville has had 238 cases, with 38 hospitalizations and 3 deaths. Patrick County has had 174 cases including 35 hospitalizations and 4 deaths. Franklin County has had 179 cases, 7 hospitalizations and 1 death. Danville has reported 441 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 553. Johns Hopkins University’s real-time map showed 20,952,811 cases worldwide and 760,235 deaths. In the U.S. there are 5,254,878. There have been 167,253 deaths in the U.S. due to COVID-19.
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