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 Tests: 5,747 (+473 from Sunday)
People Hospitalized: 903 (+31 from Sunday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 149 (+8 from Sunday)
People Tested: 41,401 (+1,416 from Sunday)
CITY/COUNTY-BY-COUNTY BREAKDOWN OF CASES
Albemarle: 49 (+3)
Alexandria: 235 (+37)
Arlington: 390 (+24)
Bedford: 16 (+1)
Botetourt: 24 (+1)
Buckingham: 16 (+2)
Buena Vista City: 4
Campbell: 10 (+1)
Charles City: 9
Charlottesville: 33 (+2)
Chesapeake: 126 (+5)
Chesterfield: 211 (+2)
Colonial Heights: 10 (+4)
Culpeper: 20 (+1)
Danville: 21 (+1)
Fairfax: 1,164 1,008 (+156)
Fairfax City: 1
Falls Church: 2
Fauquier: 28 (+3)
Fluvanna: 23 (+2)
Franklin City: 6
Franklin County: 14
Frederick: 66 (+1)
Fredericksburg: 13 (+1)
Giles: 4 (+2)
Goochland: 38 (+6)
Greene: 5 (+1)
Greensville: 10 (+2)
Hanover: 39 (+1)
Hampton: 72 (+7)
Harrisonburg: 87 (+6)
Henrico: 397 (+18)
Isle of Wight: 33 (+2)
James City: 126
King George: 14
King and Queen: 2
King William: 2
Lee: 7 (+1)
Louisa: 27 (+2)
Loudoun: 324 (+23)
Lunenburg: 4 (+1)
Lynchburg: 33 (+2)
Manassas City: 41 (+7)
Manassas Park: 10
Mathews: 3 (+1)
Mecklenburg: 57 (+2)
New Kent: 13 (+1)
Newport News: 88 (+10)
Norfolk: 99 (+9)
Orange: 14 (+1)
Petersburg: 19 (+2)
Portsmouth: 54 (+3)
Prince Edward: 13 (4)
Prince George: 27 (+1)
Prince William: 434 (+45)
Richmond City: 167 (+13)
Richmond County: 5
Roanoke City: 21 (+1)
Roanoke County: 18 (+4)
Rockingham: 49 (+6)
Smyth: 11 (+2)
Spotsylvania: 51 (+1)
Stafford: 87 (+15)
Staunton: 2 (+1)
Suffolk: 51 (+3)
Virginia Beach: 251 (+8)
Warren: 17 (+2)
Washington: 28 (+4)
Waynesboro: 6 (+1)
Winchester: 20 (+1)
Williamsburg: 20 (+3)
Wise: 13 (+5)
York: 33 (+4)
*NOTE: This data is provided from the Virginia Department of Health daily at 9 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.
COVID-19 LOCAL HEADLINES
COVID-19 cases in Virginia see largest 1-day jump so far Saturday
Virginia authorities are reporting more than 560 new cases of COVID-19, the largest one-day increase so far in the coronavirus pandemic.
The numbers released Saturday by the Virginia Department of Health now show more than 5,000 positive tests for the coronavirus in the state. More here.
'Distinct clusters' account for 65 percent of new COVID-19 cases in Virginia
The number of COVID-19 cases associated with "distinct clusters" of local transmission of the virus continues to climb in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Saturday.More here.
US now reporting more virus deaths than any other nation
The United States has surpassed Italy to become the country reporting the most COVID-19 deaths in the world, a figure which experts have called an underestimation.
As of 12:30 p.m. Saturday, at least 18,860 people have died in the U.S. as a result of the new coronavirus, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. The tally showed Italy reporting about 18,849 deaths. More here.
African Americans 3 to 6 times more likely to get COVID-19, expert says
When you analyze Virginia's COVID-19 cases by race, almost 30 percent of the state's COVID-19 case count is white while African Americans represent 16 percent, according to the Virginia Department of Health says. However, in 45 percent of the state's cases, race is not reported.
VCU Massey Cancer Center Director Dr. Robert Winn said the ratio may be much different.
"This was not unexpected. It is unfortunate more than it is unexpected," Winn said. More here.
IRS deposits first round of coronavirus stimulus checks into bank accounts
You might want to check your bank account for some extra money.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said in a tweet on Saturday that it has deposited its first wave of coronavirus stimulus checks into the bank accounts of qualifying Americans. More here.
Hanover crews work several crashes amid stay-at-home order
Fire crews in Hanover County were busy working crashes Saturday amid Gov. Ralph Northam's stay-at-home order for COVID-19 pandemic.
The department's message was clear: "drive safely and only go out if necessary during COVID-19." More here.
Neighborhood drive-by parade is celebration of 'the time you have'
A neighborhood in New Kent County hosted a drive-by parade Saturday to celebrate a number of occasions that cannot take place because of social distancing.
"I think it's just important to remember that even if you're not right beside each other, you can still come together in different ways and do something positive, and enjoy the time you have with your families," orgnaizer Susie Phillips said. More here.
Social media post leads to 'incredible response' for RAL's Pet Pantry
A post on social media has prompted an "incredible response" for Richmond Animal League (RAL) pet pantry for animal owners who may have fallen on hard times. More here.
'Back on up,' Walmart worker raps in 'Social Distance' video
A worker at the Walmart distribution in Gordonsville has created a catchy video touting social distancing best practices.
Rob Wilkins, who works at Walmart's DC 7016, has a message for Walmart workers around the world. More here.
What are employers’ responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Numerous CBS 6 viewers have raised concerns over workplace conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The complaints included anxiety over proper social distancing among employees or the availability of personal protective equipment.
Others worried if their employers were obligated to notify them if a coworker tested positive for the novel coronavirus. More here.
UVA model predicts worst economic downturn in Virginia since World War II
A report from the University of Virginia predicts that Virginia could experience the most serious economic downturn since World War II due to COVID-19. More here.
2,000 Virginia inmates could be released over COVID-19
Gov. Ralph Northam is proposing an amendment to Virginia's budget that would give the Department of Corrections (DOC) the authority to release inmates with less than a year remaining on their sentences amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19 in high-density prison facilities.
"That [number] sometimes fluctuates a little bit depending on who's released, because we release approximately 1,000 prisoners per month based on their release dates," Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran said. More here.
What Virginia is doing to better handle claims after 300K-plus file for unemployment
Over the past three weeks, more than 306,000 people have applied for unemployment benefits in Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam said during a Friday news briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic.
"That's more than the same weeks for 2018, 2019 and 2020 combined," Northam said. "Last week alone, the Virginia Employment Commission has issued more than 191,000 payments totaling more than $57 million." More here.
Virginia Tech will not refund spring tuition to students
Virginia Tech says it will not give tuition refunds after the school moved classes and spring commencement online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. More here.
Mayor warns of significant economic loss due to COVID-19: 'Buckle up'
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said the economic impact of COVID-19 on the city’s budget will lead to “significant” shortfalls for this and next year’s budget. More here.
Virginia restaurants now selling mixed drinks, cocktails to-go
Virginia restaurants are allowed to sell mixed drinks and cocktails to-go as of Friday.
Chris Danahy, the owner of the Tavern on Patterson Avenue, said he is serving cocktails in a mason jar that are the equivalent to four margaritas. More here.
Richmond restaurants cope with COVID to stay open
On this week's "Eat It, Virginia!" podcast, Robey and Scott continue to focus on the people keeping their restaurants open amid COVID-19 uncertainty. More here.
We're Open and socially distant: Richmond restaurants navigate COVID-19
As Virginia restaurants either close or adapt to social distancing, Robey and Scott focused this week's Eat It, Virginia podcast on the people who continued to run their restaurants with the hope of providing for both their restaurant families and the communities in which they serve. More here.
Explore Virginia's museums, zoos, and historical sites through these virtual experiences
As Virginians adjusts to social-distancing measures and businesses and institutions close their doors, online learning experiences are growing in importance. And in the Commonwealth, there's no shortage of online, interactive learning experiences. From exploring the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts collections to interacting with animals at the Virginia zoo to an online stroll through Lewis Ginter Botanical gardens, kids and adults alike can explore the state's treasures from the comfort of their own homes. More here.
COMPLETE COVERAGE: COVID-19 HEADLINES (App users, click here for complete list.)
New national ad campaign to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations5:00 PM, Feb 25, 2021
Biden administration updates unemployment eligibility4:25 PM, Feb 25, 2021
Liver diseases on the rise during COVID-19 pandemic2:52 PM, Feb 25, 2021
Digital 'passport' stores encrypted COVID-19 vaccine records2:37 PM, Feb 25, 2021
Biden commemorates distributing 50 million vaccine doses1:57 PM, Feb 25, 2021
County-by-county look at COVID-19 in Virginia Thursday1:55 PM, Feb 25, 2021
COVID-19 in Virginia: 10 new outbreaks reported Thursday1:37 PM, Feb 25, 2021
88-year-old math tutor helping students worldwide1:19 PM, Feb 25, 2021
220+ more COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia1:17 PM, Feb 25, 2021
Doing What’s Right
Medical Reserve Corps volunteers step up during pandemic1:00 PM, Feb 25, 2021
Expert urges caution even after receiving COVID-19 vaccine12:34 PM, Feb 25, 2021
CDC-backed website helps people find COVID-19 vaccines11:28 AM, Feb 25, 2021
State of Education
Educators push for vaccine prioritization nationwide10:54 AM, Feb 25, 2021
COVID-19 in Virginia: 1.1 million+ have 1st dose; 540,000+ fully vaccinated10:42 AM, Feb 25, 2021
COVID-19 vaccines play critical role in economic recovery10:21 AM, Feb 25, 2021
Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US10:15 AM, Feb 25, 2021
Fauci: Americans should take whichever vaccine is available9:29 AM, Feb 25, 2021
US jobless claims fall to 730,000 but layoffs remain high8:46 AM, Feb 25, 2021
Dems say stimulus will help reopen schools11:21 PM, Feb 24, 2021
Vaccinated for virus, Jimmy Carter and wife back in church8:58 PM, Feb 24, 2021
Musician Trisha Yearwood diagnosed with COVID-197:50 PM, Feb 24, 2021
Exercise class leads to outbreak of COVID-19, CDC says7:11 PM, Feb 24, 2021
First case of UK COVID-19 variant reported in Central Virginia5:56 PM, Feb 24, 2021
Moderna starting trials on vaccine boosters5:26 PM, Feb 24, 2021
LATEST COVID-19 U.S. AND WORLDWIDE STATS