Martinsville-region COVID-19/coronavirus daily update from state, nation and world: Oct. 18 | Local News

The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning that there are 34 new cases of COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health District. The good news is that there are no new deaths and no new hospitalizations. Franklin County, beset with a surge, added 19 of those cases and now has had 656, more than double in the past six weeks. Henry County added 9, Martinsville 4 and Patrick County 2. That “raid” that health department personnel carried off at the restaurant in Martinsville: City police now say they weren’t part of it even though the health department says that they were. MPD put out a release and showed video to explain its position.  VCU researchers are saying that for every two coronavirus deaths, a third death occurs that’s indirectly linked to the pandemic. That translates to another 100,000 pandemic-related deaths in the U.S. so far this year. The U.S. is averaging more than 55,000 new cases a day — up more than 60% since a mid-September dip — and experts say the country is in the midst of the dreaded fall surge. On Friday, the U.S. reported the most infections in the single day since July. And as of Saturday, more than 8.1 million cases of the virus have been reported in the US and 219,286 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 166,138 cases and 3,433 deaths statewide — up by 11 from Saturday. Some 11,861 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 1,246 cases, with 134 hospitalizations and 31 deaths. Martinsville has had 455 cases, with 63 hospitalizations and 23 deaths. Patrick County has had 304 cases including 52 hospitalizations and 26 deaths. Franklin County has had 656 cases, 25 hospitalizations and 4 deaths. Danville has reported 1,123 cases (38 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 1,218 (15 deaths). Johns Hopkins University’s real-time map showed 39,751,900 cases worldwide and 1,110,955 deaths. In the U.S. there have been 8,108,679 cases and 219,311 deaths because of COVID-19.

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