A woman in her 60s has Henry County’s second diagnosed case of COVID-19.
She was diagnosed on Tuesday. Her contraction of the sickness was not travel-related, said West Piedmont Population Health Manager Nancy Bell of the Virginia Department of Health.
The woman is isolated at home, and her close contacts have been identified and quarantined, Bell said.
The first diagnosis of COVID-19 locally was on Sunday of a Henry County man in his 50s. He also is recuperating at home.
No one has tested positive in Martinsville. It is unknown exactly how many people in Henry County and Martinsville have been tested.
The newest Henry County case has not yet been tallied into Tuesday’s count of total COVID-19 cases in Virginia, which was 1,250, according to the Virginia Department of Health, which updates at 9 a.m. daily.
As of Tuesday morning, some 13,401 in Virginia had been tested, 27 had died of COVID-19 and 165 have been hospitalized.
In surrounding areas, there is no identified case in Patrick County nor Stuart. There are five cases in Franklin County, four cases in Danville and one case in Pittsylvania County.
The news comes the day the White House said its projection is that deaths will rise to 100,000-240,000. The death tole in the U.S. surpassed 3,800 and officially is more than the total who died as a result of the attacks of 9-11.
And it’s the day after a coalition in Martinsville announced that the Martinsville Speedway would be used as a drive-through test site for patients referred for testing by a physician.
Sovah Health and UNC Health Care announce regional testing sites recently as well.
Martinsville and Henry County officials have scheduled a briefing for Wednesday afternoon where they will discuss plans to respond to the pandemic.
Holly Kozelsky is a writer for the Martinsville Bulletin; contact her at 276-638-8801 ext. 243.