The death spike from COVID-19 in the West Piedmont Health took a hiatus on Sunday. After 9 deaths in two days in the district, the Virginia Department of Health reported none on Sunday, with only 5 new deaths statewide. There 56 new cases and 3 new hospitalizations in the district, which is slightly above the rolling average of 55 cases for the past 7 days. The cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days is 697.1, its lowest point in weeks. Henry County had 24 of those cases and 1 hospitalization, and Franklin County reported 17 cases. Martinsville had 6 cases but 2 hospitalizations, and Patrick County reported 9 cases. Since the pandemic began, the district has had 9,918 cases, 576 hospitalizations and 188 deaths….Health officials say it was statistical updates, not case surge, that led to the nine deaths reported in the past two days in the West Piedmont Health District….Two venerable churches in Henry County lost their pastors to COVID-19 in the same week….Virus deaths won’t be reflected in the 2020 census, a step that will have an impact on where congressional seats get apportioned, experts say. The important reference date for answering census questions was April 1, soon after U.S. deaths began….Make a deal or stick to his guns? President Joe Biden spent decades shaking hands on bipartisan fixes, first as a senator and then as vice president. But now the Democrat seems to be favoring quick action in Congress on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill, even if Republicans get left behind….According to data through Feb. 5 from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. fell over the past two weeks, from 180,489 on Jan. 22 to about 125,854 on Feb. 5. Over the same period, the seven-day rolling average for daily new deaths rose from 3,088 to roughly 3,250….Take this quiz about authenticity of vaccines….The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 529,176 cases and 6,778 deaths statewide — up by 5 since Saturday. Some 22,102 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 3,890 cases, with 259 hospitalizations and 83 deaths. Martinsville has had 1,426 cases, with 119 hospitalizations and 37 deaths. Patrick County has had 1,113 cases including 82 hospitalizations and 29 deaths. Franklin County has had 3,489 cases, 116 hospitalizations and 39 deaths. Danville has reported 3,876 cases (71 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 4,378 (46 deaths). Johns Hopkins University’s real-time map showed 105,852,770 cases worldwide and 2,311,024 deaths. In the U.S. there have been 26,919,361 cases and 462,181 deaths because of COVID-19.
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