A Franklin County resident has died from COVID-19. That death was part of the report this morning by the Virginia Department of Health. The death could have occurred anytime just about, because VDH awaits death certificates before counting the data point. VDH tracks all cases and deaths by a person’s residence. This was the 150th death in the West Piedmont Health District and the 29th in Franklin County. Franklin County also had a new hospitalization — the only new one in the district — and 44 of the 84 new cases reported today. Henry County had 28, Patrick County had 12, and Martinsville, in a bit of a statistical anomaly, had no cases, deaths or hospitalizations. The district now has seen 8,678 cases and 523 hospitalizations since the pandemic began….The Virginia Department of Health unveiled an outbreak dashboard Tuesday to raise awareness of how the virus has spread at institutions of higher education. The department also highlighted a new dashboard hosted by colleges that contain overall case numbers….Overall, 53% of Americans name COVID-19 as one of the top five issues they want the government to tackle this year, and 68% mention in some way the economy, which is still reeling from the outbreak. In an open-ended question, those priorities far outpace others, like foreign affairs, immigration, climate change or racial inequality. The findings suggest Biden’s political fate is riding on his administration’s response to the pandemic…..States across the country say they’re running low on coronavirus vaccine supply, with many officials insisting the vaccine delivery numbers reported by the Trump administration don’t align with what they are seeing on the ground….The task falls to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, 51, an infectious-diseases specialist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, who is expected to become CDC director this week — a time when the virus’s U.S. death toll has eclipsed 400,000 and continues to accelerate…..A northern Kentucky couple celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary by getting their first coronavirus vaccine shot….The Virginia Department of Health reports this morning there have been 455,591 cases and 5,861 deaths statewide — up by 63 since Tuesday. Some 20,231 people have been hospitalized. Henry County has had 3,419 cases, with 243 hospitalizations and 64 deaths. Martinsville has had 1,263 cases, with 109 hospitalizations and 29 deaths. Patrick County has had 951 cases including 75 hospitalizations and 28 deaths. Franklin County has had 3,045 cases, 96 hospitalizations and 29 deaths. Danville has reported 3,181 cases (63 deaths), and Pittsylvania County has had 3,708 (42 deaths). Johns Hopkins University’s real-time map showed 96,284,292 cases worldwide and 2,060,232 deaths. In the U.S. there have been 24,256,319 cases and 401,797 deaths because of COVID-19.

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