MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Two more residents of Patrick County have died from COVID-19.
That information was released Wednesday morning in the data release from the Virginia Department of Health.
That’s now 13 residents of Patrick County who have died from the virus, which is just behind Henry County's 16 as the highest mortality rate in the West Piedmont Health District.
Patrick County now has had 10 deaths since Aug. 1 and 1,341 deaths per 100,000 population, the VDH says.
The county also had eight new cases of the novel coronavirus and one more hospitalization in Wednesday’s report.
Overall there were 20 new cases reported in the district -- nine in Henry County, two in Franklin County and one in Martinsville, along with Patrick -- and VDH statisticians reduced Martinsville's total number of hospitalizations from 49 to 48.
Patrick County is the site of a significant outbreak of cases at the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection senior-care center in Stuart, where dozens of residents and employees were revealed in July as having been infected by the novel coronavirus. A handful of those patients died.
Health district officials seldom can comment on cases and outbreaks other than to track a specific case by the person’s residence. All other data is sorted either by locality, district or region.
Spokesperson Nancy Bell did not respond immediately to questions about whether these two deaths – or how many of the 13 -- were related to the outbreak at Blue Ridge.
Meanwhile, Sovah Health released its biweekly report on patients to show that, as of Wednesday, there were 30 patients being treated for COVID-19 at the hospital’s campuses in Martinsville and Danville.
Usually officials break down the numbers by campus, but this week’s report only said that the majority of them are located in Danville, that the number was a decrease from last report, on Aug. 19, and that the hospital has “adequate capacity to meet patient needs, including in critical care and intensive care.”
Sovah spokesperson Kelly Fitzgerald said that "Danville and Martinsville patients, including those who have tested positive for COVID-19, may be transferred between facilities based on bed availability, staffing and clinical needs of the patient."
The release said Sovah Health continues to take all necessary precautions to protect patients and staff, including limiting entry points to the facility, screening all individuals for symptoms of COVID-19, universal masking and maintain a strict limited visitor protocol.
Hospital officials encourage the public to practice social distancing and hand hygiene and wear a mask or face covering while in public.
VDH reported Wednesday that Henry County has had 858 cases, with 94 hospitalizations and 16 deaths. Martinsville has had 329 cases, with 48 hospitalizations and 6 deaths. Patrick County has had 237 cases including 47 hospitalizations and 13 deaths. Franklin County has had 218 cases, 11 hospitalizations and 1 death.
By comparison, Danville has reported 616 cases, and Pittsylvania County has had 791.
Statewide there have ben 122,542 cases and 2,641 deaths statewide -- up by 129 since Tuesday. Some 9,678 people have been hospitalized.
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