Local coronavirus update


The health department confirmed 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the region today – seven in Henry County, two in Franklin County and two in the City of Martinsville.

A look at the numbers… the number of cases in Virginia is 63,735, up from 63,203. North Carolina is at 68,142, up from 66,513. There are 273 cases in Henry County, 235 cases in Rockingham County, 123 in Pittsylvania County, 92 in Franklin County, 89 cases in Danville, 80 in the city of Martinsville, and 47 in Patrick County. Nationwide we are 2,741,841, up from 2,689,107. 1 in 119 people in the U.S. have been confirmed as having the virus.

As eviction cases begin again this week in Virginia, federal relief funds have arrived in the region to help renters and homeowners who face financial struggles because of the COVID-19 pandemic to stay in their homes. STEP, Inc. will be in charge of distributing over $270,000 in local housing assistance as part of the new Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program announced Monday by Gov. Ralph Northam. The service area for this allocation includes Martinsville and Henry County, as well as Danville and the counties of Patrick, Franklin and Pittsylvania. Statewide, the program allocates $50 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for households facing eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19.