Here are some of the top stories around Southwest and Southside:

Covid hospitalization rate in Southwest Virginia is now triple state average; total case rate is twice the state average. — WJHL-TV.

Covid death toll still growing in Danville and Pittsylvania County. — Danville Register & Bee.

Mountain Gateway proposed as new name of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. — The Recorder.

Danville hospital resumes elective surgery; had paused due to staff shortage. — Danville Register & Bee.

Historical marker dedicated to Danville’s Camilla Wright, ‘trailblazer in the visual and performing arts.’ — Danville Register & Bee.

Chatham gets $3.3 million grant to improve water system. — Chatham Star Tribune.

Overview of House race that pits Del. John Avoli, R-Staunton, against Democratic challenger. — Staunton News Leader.

Old Dominion Power, which serves part of Southwest Virginia, seeks rate increase. — Virginia Mercury.