RICHMOND, Va. -- In an effort to provide accurate, easy-to-read information on the on-going COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our community, WTVR.com will update this post with the day's local coronavirus headlines and statistics.
COVID-19 IN VIRGINIA (Scroll to bottom for U.S. stats)
Positive COVID-19 Cases: 247,380 (Up 2,877 from Thursday)
People Hospitalized: 15,116 (Up 102 from Thursday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 4,160 (Up 13 from Thursday)
Total Tests: 3,907,097 (Up 37,809 since Thursday)
All Health Districts Current 7-Day Positivity Rate Total: 9.5% (Up from 9% Thursday)
NOTE: This data is provided from the Virginia Department of Health daily at 10 a.m. Officials said their cutoff for data is 5 p.m. the previous day. So your local health department may have issued an alert about a case before it is added to the statewide tally released the following day. Get the latest charts and updated numbers from VDH here. *Data from Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker.
COVID-19 LOCAL HEADLINES
Virginia announces plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Nearly half-a-million doses of COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Virginia by the end of the year, the Virginia Department of Health announced Friday. Read more.
In-person or virtual: Richmond Schools to decide Monday
Nearly 10,000 families and staff members completed a survey on whether schools should remain virtual or switch to in-person learning during the second semester. Read more.
Who in Central Virginia could receive COVID-19 vaccine first
City leaders in Richmond have detailed their plans and expectations for a major roll out of an eventual COVID-19 vaccination. Read more.
17 COVID-19 outbreaks reported in Virginia Friday
Health officials are investigating 1,582 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data. More than 34,800 cases in the Commonwealth are linked to outbreaks. Read more.
200+ more COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia; hospitalizations tick up
More than 200 additional COVID-19 patients have been discharged from Virginia hospitals in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA). Read more.
Richmond superintendent recommends virtual second semester
Superintendent Jason Kamras says he will recommend that Richmond Public Schools remain fully virtual for the second semester. Read more.
US surpasses 14 million COVID-19 cases, set another record in deaths Thursday
The U.S. surpassed the 14 million mark in confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday and set new records in both daily recorded cases and daily deaths as the country delves deeper into the bleakest stretch of the pandemic. Read more.
Biden asks Fauci to stay on, become chief medical advisor in new administration
President-elect Joe Biden has asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to remain in his role at the National Institutes of Health, and to become a chief medical adviser to the Biden administration. Read more.
Officials to pass out reminder cards with initial COVID shots
According to the Department of Defense, the person administering vaccines will hand out a paper card after injecting the first dose of the vaccine. The cards will include the day that the first dose had been administered and the day that the patient will need to return to receive their second dose. Read more.
Free drive-thru COVID testing Thursday at the Diamond
The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts planned to hold a free drive-thru COVID-19 community testing event at the Diamond on Thursday. Read more.
Northam: Vaccine doses could ship to Virginia as early as mid-December
Governor Ralph Northam said Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccine doses could ship to Virginia as early as mid-December, assuming the Food and Drug Administration grants Pfizer's emergency use request. Read more.
Stay-at-home order issued in Los Angeles as coronavirus cases surge
Los Angeles County has announced a stay-home order as coronavirus cases surge out of control in the nation’s most populous county. Read more.
New rapid COVID-19 test can be taken at home
The test, which a doctor will have to prescribe, will provide valuable information to people, as long as it is administered correctly. Read more.
Doctor simulates last moments of COVID-19 patient's life
A critical care physician in St. Louis simulated what it’s like to be a coronavirus patient in his ICU in attempt to urge people to wear face coverings. Read more.
As COVID spikes, Chesterfield Schools return to virtual learning
Students at Chesterfield Public Schools will not return to classrooms again this year. The county announced Wednesday it would switch back to all-virtual learning after Thanksgiving break. Read me.
First US immunizations could arrive on Dec. 12
A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is set to meet Dec. 10 to discuss Pfizer Inc.’s request for an emergency use authorization for its developing COVID-19 vaccine. Read more.
FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received
U.S. health officials have allowed emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19. Read more.
US reaches 12 million total coronavirus cases
The nation's total number of confirmed cases reached 12.01 million on Saturday, six days after the number had reached 11 million, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Read more.
Richmond health leader warns about Thanksgiving gatherings
Less than a week until Thanksgiving, a prominent Richmond health leader is warning against celebrating the holiday with a large group of family and friends. Read more.
Pfizer submits Emergency Use Authorization request to FDA
Pfizer announced Friday that it would submit a request to the FDA Friday for its COVID-19 vaccine to be granted Emergency Use Authorization. Read more.
US sets record in daily COVID-19 cases, records 2K deaths in a day for 1st time since May
The U.S. reported at least 187,833 positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday, breaking the all-time record of 177,224 that was set six days prior, on Nov. 13. Read more.
Fauci says 'cavalry is coming' with COVID vaccines
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, said recent developments of a pair of vaccines showing an effectiveness of 95% should give Americans confidence to get a vaccine once they become available. Read more.
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine 95% effective, company to seek authorization within 'days'
A final analysis of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate produced by Pfizer and BioNTech shows that the drug is 95% effective in preventing the coronavirus, and the companies say they hope to apply for Emergency Use Authorization within "days," the company reported Wednesday. Read more.
Parents concerned as Chesterfield Schools report 30 coronavirus cases over last week
Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Chesterfield County. Read more.
Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as virus surges
A surge of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. is sending people back to stores to stockpile again, leaving shelves bare and forcing retailers to put limits on purchases. Read more.
Henrico schools to delay in-person reopening due to rising COVID-19 cases
Henrico County Schools say they are delaying their timeline for in-person learning as COVID-19 cases rise in the region. Read more.
Virginia's new COVID-19 restrictions begin as cases climb
New actions that aim to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Virginia went into effect at midnight Sunday. Read more.
US passes 11 million COVID-19 cases, meaning 1 million were diagnosed with virus in last week alone
As of Monday morning, more than 11 million people in the U.S. are confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a database kept by Johns Hopkins University. Read more.
Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is 94.5% effective
A COVID-19 vaccine candidate being produced by biotech company Moderna has shown to be 94.5% effective in Phase 3 clinical trials, the company said Monday. Read more.
COMPLETE COVERAGE: COVID-19 HEADLINES (App users, click here for a complete list.)
VDH to open some vaccination, testing sites at noon Monday4:53 PM, Jan 16, 2022
Order to end school mask mandates gets pushback in Virginia4:43 PM, Jan 16, 2022
3,100+ COVID patients discharged; Va. hospitalizations break record top 3,8009:41 AM, Jan 16, 2022
COVID-19 in Virginia: 130,300+ new cases reported last week9:30 AM, Jan 16, 2022
COVID deaths and cases are rising again at US nursing homes9:23 AM, Jan 16, 2022
Djokovic leaves Australia after losing deportation appeal7:37 AM, Jan 16, 2022
Political analyst: 'There's wiggle room' on masks in Va. schools8:09 PM, Jan 15, 2022
Virginia COVID-19 hospitalizations top 3,860 Saturday9:17 AM, Jan 15, 2022
White House to launch COVID test ordering site on Wednesday2:50 PM, Jan 14, 2022
Will pandemic-era telehealth expansion become permanent?1:44 PM, Jan 14, 2022
COVID-19 in Virginia: 17,200+ new cases reported Friday12:01 PM, Jan 14, 2022
Mask rules get tighter in Europe in winter's COVID-19 wave10:45 AM, Jan 14, 2022
Virginia COVID-19 hospitalizations top 3,800 Friday10:43 AM, Jan 14, 2022
COVID surge leading to empty shelves at Virginia pharmacies10:21 AM, Jan 14, 2022
Djokovic's Australian visa revoked again7:43 AM, Jan 14, 2022
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