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COVID-19 in Virginia: LIVE updates for Friday, March 20

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 15:34:18-04

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)

Number of People Tested: 2,325
Number of Positive Tests: 114
Number of People Hospitalized: 20
Number of COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 2

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 1
Alexandria: 3 (+1 from Thursday)
Arlington County: 17
Charles City County: 1
Charlottesville: 1
Chesterfield County: 5
Fairfax County: 16
Glocuester: 1
Goochland County: 1
Hanover County: 1
Harrisonburg: 1
Henrico County: 3
James City County 19 (+5 from Thursday)
Loudon County: 9 (+4 from Thursday)
Prince Edward County: 1
Prince William County: 12 (+1 from Thursday)
Richmond City: 5 (+2 from Thursday)
Spotsylvania County: 1
Stafford County: 2
Virginia Beach: 4
Williamsburg: 4 (+3 from Thurdsday)
York County: 3 (+2 from Thursday)

NEWS CONFERENCES

President Donald Trumps's coronavirus task force 11:45 a.m. briefing
Gov. Ralph Northam's 11 a.m. COVID-19 briefing

COVID-19 LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS

COVID-19 cases in Virginia climb to 114; first case reported in southwest Virginia

Virginia health officials said Friday that there are now cases of COVID-19 in all parts of the Commonwealth.

"Among the cases reported is a case in southwest Virginia, so now every region of the Commonwealth has at least one case of COVID-19," Virginia Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver said during a Friday news briefing on the outbreak. More here.

Virginia unemployment claims spike due to COVID-19: 'We want everyone to apply

State officials are urging those who have lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to file an unemployment claim, even if you've previously been rejected.

“We know that this situation is causing businesses to close and people to lose their jobs and their income,” said Governor Ralph Northam Friday. “We are working to help Virginia workers and businesses that are affected.” More here.

How small businesses can apply for emergency loan assistance

Small business owners can apply for emergency loan assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) here or by calling 1-800-659-2955. More here.

UVA doctors develop own COVID-19 test

The University of Virginia announced Wednesday that their physicians have developed their own COVID-19 test. More here.

Restaurants raise $10,000 in 24 hours to help out-of-work employees

Restaurants across Virginia and the country have been forced to close their doors or significantly alter their service as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and orders to enforce social distancing. More here.

Customer leaves $400 tip at Richmond restaurant: 'Gesture holds our faith in humanity'

Employees at Buzz and Ned's Real Barbecue in Richmond were happily surprised in the middle of a tough week when a customer tipped $400 on a $68 bill on Thursday night. More here.

100 years ago, Richmond survived 'The Spanish Flu'

When Adair Archer’s country needed him the most. the soldier answered the call. The 26-year-old sergeant lost his life in October 1918 during World War I. His death made front page news in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, but the University of Virginia graduate did not die from wounds on a battlefield, dhe ied at the hands of an invisible enemy. More here.

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