MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Henry County’s infection with the novel coronavirus took another steep rise on Sunday, when the Virginia Department of Health reported three more deaths from COVID019 and 19 new cases of the virus.
Another resident of Martinsville also died, and the four deaths pushed the toll across the West Piedmont Health District to 69. The four also were more than 25% of the 15 deaths reported statewide on Sunday.
Henry County has seen one other day with a higher death count, when four were reported in mid-August.
The VDH does not disclose information about deaths but tracks data based on a person’s residence. The data did reveal that he newly reported deaths were two men and two women, and that two were older than 70, and two were younger.
Deaths in the West Piedmont Health District have ranged from 55 people older than 70 to no one younger than 40. They are predominately white.
Henry County now has seen 24 residents die because of the virus, second most in the district behind Patrick County’s 25. Martinsville has 17 deaths, and Franklin County has three.
Henry County also had two more hospitalizations, but only Franklin County, with four, were reported to have new cases.
Total cases in Henry County are now 1,065 since mid-March, when VDH started to track data. There have been 40 since Friday.
By way of comparison Danville has reported 875 cases and 27 deaths, and Pittsylvania County has had 998 cases and nine deaths.
Henry County has shown a testing positivity rate of 10.9% — on 18,999 cases — which is more than double the statewide 4.8%. The county has reported a daily rolling average of 16.5 new cases per 100,000 – the statewide average is 9.4 — and overall 37.3 cases per 100,000 residents.
The cumulative totals since the pandemic began:
- Henry County: 1,065 cases, 116 hospitalizations, 24 deaths.
- Martinsville: 382, 61, 17.
- Patrick County: 277, 52, 25.
- Franklin County: 337, 16, 3.
VDH reported Sunday that there have been 146,144 cases statewide, with 3,159 deaths statewide and 10,889 hospitalizations.
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