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With COVID-19 vaccinations now available for those aged 16 and older statewide, local day-to-day case counts continue to remain low. 

Over the past few weeks, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), there have been several days in which both Pittsylvania County and Danville with no cases recorded.

As of April 13, 5,389 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the start of the pandemic, with five reported in the last 24 hours. In Danville, 4,240 cumulative cases have been reported, with 14 in the last 24 hours.

Pittsyvlania County has seen 223 hospitalizations and 77 deaths attributed to COVID, while Danville has reported 269 hospitalizations and 133 deaths.

So far, there have been 43 outbreaks recorded in the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District.

According to the VDH Outbreaks by Selected Exposure Setting Dashboard, three outbreaks in the county are currently pending closure: Hurt Elementary School with 22 cases, Gretna High School with 11 cases and Chatham Health and Rehabilitation Center with 85 cases and 16 deaths.

In Danville, five outbreaks are pending closure: Bright Leaf Place with 48 cases and six deaths, Commonwealth Senior Living with nine cases, Piney Forest Health and Rehabilitation Center with 95 cases and six deaths, Forest Hills Elementary School with six cases, and Westover Christian Academy with 26 cases.

Seven other outbreaks in the city at schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, medical facilities and multicare facilities have been marked as closed.     

Statewide, nearly five million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations have been received, with 95 percent of those having been administered to citizens. Thirty-seven percent of Virginia’s population had received at least one dose.

According to the VDH, in the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District, more than 32,000 people have received at least one dose, out of approximately 100,000 people in the district. Nearly 21,000 people in the district are fully vaccinated.

Vaccinations continue in the district at the Community Vaccine Clinic at the former JCPenney location and ts pop-up location, as well as the Gretna Community Vaccination Clinic and various other pharmacies and medical facilities around the region.

For more information on vaccinations or to sign up, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA.

Star-Tribune Staff Writer

Lanie Davis, a Danville native, joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 as a staff writer. Lanie was awarded 1st place in Education Writing by the Virginia Press Association in 2019.

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