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COVID-19 update

COVID-19 update

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At press time, 189,283 total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, and 174,153 people have been given at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Virginia Department of Health website. There have been 15,130 people fully vaccinated across Virginia.

In Franklin County, 928 doses have been administered, in Henry County, 821 doses were administered, in Martinsville, nine doses were admininstered and 188 doses were given in Patrick County.

Because the vaccine supply is limited, VDH is offering it in phases. Currently, vaccines are available to those in phases 1a and 1b. Phase 1a includes health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1b includes people age 75 and older and frontline essential workers such as first responders, child care and pre-K through 12th grade teachers and staff, food and agriculture workers, grocery store workers and mail carriers.

VDH has created a survey for residents to use to find out which phase they fit into, as well as be notified when the vaccine is available for them. The survey and more information about each phase are available at or by calling the VDH hotline at 877-275-8343.

At press time, Virginia Department of Health reported 2,746 cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County, with 88 hospitalizations and 27 deaths.

Cases in Virginia topped 407,947 this week. The state reports 19,326 hospitalized due to the virus, bringing the state’s total deaths to 5,477.

Elsewhere in the West Piedmont Health District, Henry County has had 3,124 cases, with 234 hospitalizations and 60 deaths. Martinsville has had 1,148 cases, with 104 hospitalizations and 27 deaths. Patrick County has reported 891 cases, including 74 hospitalizations and 28 deaths.

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