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COVID-19 in Virginia: LIVE updates for Friday, September 4

Posted at 10:17 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 20:25:22-04

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: 124,779 (+1,111 from Thursday)
People Hospitalized: 9,798 (+57 from Thursday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 2,662 (+10 from Thursday)
Total Tests: 1,765,213 (+16,124 from Thursday)
All Health Districts Current 7-Day Positivity Rate Total: 8.0%

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

JMU parents react after on-campus students sent home
Carol Duenas moved her daughter, Heather, into a dorm at James Madison University just last week. The Stafford freshman will now return home after JMU administrators announced on Tuesday their intentions to transition primarily to online learning. Students living in dorms will also be asked to return home after more than 500 COVID-19 cases were reported on campus. Read more.

Central Virginians needed for COVID-19 vaccine trial
As clinical trials take place around the world to find a promising treatment for COVID-19, researchers in Richmond are joining in on the effort. Read more.

5 new COVID-19 outbreaks reported in Virginia Friday
Data show 392 (+1 from yesterday's report) outbreaks at long-term care facilities. Two outbreaks were also reported in congregate settings as well an outbreak at a correctional facility and another in an educational setting. Read more.

Global coronavirus cases top 25 million
Global deaths from COVID-19 stand at over 842,000, with the U.S. having the highest number with 182,779, followed by Brazil with 120,262 and Mexico with 63,819. Read more.

6 new COVID-19 outbreaks reported in Virginia Saturday
Data show 385 (+1 from yesterday's report) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 9,266 COVID-19 cases and 1,335 deaths. That is up 30 cases and -6 deaths from the previous day's report. Three outbreaks were also reported in congregate settings as well as single outbreaks reported in both healthcare and educational settings. Read more.

University of Virginia set to conduct in-person classes
The University of Virginia announced Friday that it is moving ahead with plans to offer in-person instruction for the fall semester. Read more.

Some Virginia college students uneasy on campus: 'In-person classes could have waited'
Colleges and universities all over the commonwealth are seeing students with COVID-19, and James Madison University currently has the highest number with 186 students reporting cases since Aug. 17, but Virginia Commonwealth University isn't far behind. Read more.

VCU preps more isolation beds as COVID cases rise
A little more than a week after students returned to VCU's downtown Richmond campus for the fall semester, the university announced plans to open up more isolation beds as active COVID-19 cases rise with 79 active student cases and 12 active employee cases reported as of Thursday morning. Read more.

180,000 masks donated to Richmond students by CoStar Group
Face masks and other school supplies will be donated to Richmond Public School students preparing for the new school year. Read more.

Lawyer: Here's what to tell a judge to help avoid eviction during COVID-19 pandemic
Since March, more than 12 million renters have been shielded against losing their homes thanks to the federal moratorium. This week, those protections ran out. 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.

$5,000 grants awarded to Virginia artists impacted by COVID-19
Governor Northam and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announced Tuesday that each recipient will receive $5,000 from the Virginia Artist Relief Fellowship Program, totaling $200,000 to support the visual artists. Read more.

Dinwiddie schools change of course, switch to virtual reopening plan
The Dinwiddie County School Board Tuesday approved a full virtual learning start to the school year. Read more.

State lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 during special session
State Senator Bryce Reeves (R - Spotsylvania) has tested positive for COVID-19. Read more.

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