A Franklin County resident has died of COVID-19 as the surge of cases continues in that county. The Virginia Department of Health reported the death this morning — one of 8 deaths statewide — but deaths lag other data because VDH verifies cause with death certificates. It’s uncertain when that person might have died. What is certain is that the remarkable increase of cases in Franklin County continued, with 36 more reported by VDH. That gives the county 999 since the beginning of the pandemic. There were 17 other cases reported in the West Piedmont Health District — 11 in Henry County and 3 each in Martinsville and Patrick County — and there was 1 new hospitalization each in Henry and Franklin counties….Starting this week the West Piedmont Health District is rolling out free COVID-19 testing for anyone 18 and older at sites in each locality. We have the schedule….Patrick County High School has one confirmed case of COVID-19 and another suspected case, school officials said….Meanwhile the VHSL announced its plans for allowing schools to resume sports in December. Those rules include that indoor and outdoor recreational sports are permitted as long as the total number of attendees doesn’t exceed the lesser of 250 people or 50% of the venue’s occupancy load….More than 1.2 million people worldwide have now died of COVID-19, and some nations are preparing for an even more devastating winter. The U.S. is hurtling toward 10 million cumulative cases as 31 states reported record daily Covid-19 case numbers last month….In just one month, the country’s seven-day case average jumped by more than 97%. Last week, the U.S. reported the highest single-day number of infections recorded for any country (with 99,321 new cases)….Oh, and today is Election Day….The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 184,679 cases and 3,666 deaths statewide — up by 8 from Monday. Some 12,739 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 1,412 cases, with 145 hospitalizations and 32 deaths. Martinsville has had 500 cases, with 67 hospitalizations and 25 deaths. Patrick County has had 340 cases including 60 hospitalizations and 27 deaths. Franklin County has had 999 cases, 37 hospitalizations and 7 deaths. Danville has reported 1,281 cases (45 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 1,388 (17 deaths). Johns Hopkins University’s real-time map showed 46,972,539 cases worldwide and 1,207,975 deaths. In the U.S. there have been 9,293,310 cases and 231,566 deaths because of COVID-19.
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