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COVID-19 in Virginia: LIVE updates for Friday, September 18

Posted at 10:01 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 17:22:03-04

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)

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 138,702 (+1,242 from Thursday)
People Hospitalized: 10,520 (+56 from Thursday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 2,949 (+29 from Thursday)
Total Tests: 1,982,668 (+21,750 from Thursday)
All Health Districts Current 7-Day Positivity Rate Total: 6.7% (Down from 6.8% Thursday)

Click here for complete city/county-by-county breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Virginia

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.

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COVID-19 LOCAL HEADLINES

Virginia reports first child COVID-19 death
The teen was a resident in the Southside Health District, the health department announced Friday afternoon. Read more.

130-plus COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia; hospitalizations down
More than 130 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.

5 new COVID-19 outbreaks reported in Virginia Friday
Single new outbreaks were reported in a congregate setting, a correctional facility and a healthcare setting. Additionally, two new outbreaks were reported in educational settings. Read more.

Students attend weekend house party, now some have COVID-19
A weekend house party that attracted upwards of 60 high school students prompted the Friday morning shutdown of two private school campuses in Richmond. Read more.

CDC reverses controversial advice about who should be tested for COVID-19
U.S. health officials are dropping a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and telling all those who have been in close contact with infected people to get tested. Read more.

Virginia's Community Colleges to continue virtual learning through spring semester
Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges, said in a Friday letter to students that VCC schools will continue offering virtual learning through the spring semester. Read more.

Richmond Kickers' home game postponed after positive test on visiting team
The Richmond Kickers home game, scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at City Stadium, has been postponed. Read more.

Inmates at Virginia prison 'fighting to stay alive' during mass COVID-19 outbreak
The Virginia Department of Corrections reports 537 positive cases at the facility and 8 deaths, as of Thursday evening. The facility has the most COVID-19 related deaths in any Virginia DOC facility. Read more.

Latest CDC forecast projects 218,000 COVID-19 deaths by Oct. 10
With the new forecast, that means approximately 9,600 to 20,600 more people could die in the next three weeks. Read more.

UVA discovers cluster of coronavirus cases at residence hall
The University of Virginia says its increasing testing of students after it identified a cluster of coronavirus cases in a residence hall. Read more.

Liberty University launches COVID-19 dashboard after 'technical glitch' delay
The dashboard, which launched Wednesday, showed 141 active coronavirus cases among the university's students and employees.
Read more.

High schoolers expand 'very impressive' online education program for kids
A group of high school honors students spearheading an online enrichment program is expanding its reach. Read more.

Tuesday marks highest 1-day COVID-19 death toll since August in U.S.
Forbes reports that those lives lost on Tuesday were the nation's highest one-day total since Aug. 19, when 1,295 Americans perished. Read more.

Fauci warns of a 'difficult' winter of 'hunkering down' amid pandemic
Studies have shown that the coronavirus is more likely to spread between people indoors. With the weather beginning to turn, it's going to be more difficult to dine and congregate outdoors — and with many heading inside, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, warns that Americans need to be more vigilant than ever against the spread COVID-19. Read more.

Northam eases COVID-19 restrictions in Hampton Roads
Governor Ralph Northam announced Thursday that after nearly six weeks, he is easing COVID-19 restrictions in the Hampton Roads. Northam says the easing of restrictions come as the Eastern Region has seen significantly improved health metrics. Read more.

Here's where to get a free COVID-19 test in Richmond, Henrico
Two COVID-19 community testing events have been scheduled for the week of September 14th in the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Read more.

COVID-19 clusters on the rise in Richmond
COVID-19 clusters have been on the rise in Richmond over the past two weeks. Since March, the city has seen 4,000 confirmed cases and 50 deaths from the coronavirus. Read more.

Sewage suggests wider spread of virus in Virginia county
An analysis of sewage in one Virginia county indicates that it has 10 times as many people walking around with the coronavirus than test results suggest. Read more.

Getting ready for back to school virtually: What you need to know
The 2020-2021 school year kicks off on Tuesday for Richmond, Henrico County and Chesterfield County Schools. School districts have been providing helpful tips and lists leading up to September 8. Read more.

'Be smart' over Labor Day weekend to avoid COVID-19 cases surge, Virginia governor warns
Gov. Ralph Northam urged Virginians to be smart when it comes to preventing the spread of the coronavirus over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Read more.

UK sees biggest jump in COVID-19 cases since May
Britain has recorded its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases since May, with 2,988 new infections announced on Sunday. Read more.

New US virus cases fall as masks gain favor but testing lags
The number of Americans newly diagnosed with the coronavirus is falling — a development experts say most likely reflects more mask-wearing but also insufficient testing — even as the disease continues to claim nearly 1,000 lives in the U.S. each day. Read more.

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