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: 127,571 (+645 from Sunday)
People Hospitalized: 9,902 (+21 from Sunday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 2,684 (+6 from Sunday)
Total Tests: 1,809,545 (+12,568 from Sunday)
All Health Districts Current 7-Day Positivity Rate Total: 7.9% (down from 8.0% Sunday)
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
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.
59 COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia; hospitalizations tick down
Nearly 60 additional COVID-19 patients have been discharged from Virginia hospitals in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. Read more.
45-plus COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia; hospitalizations tick down
More than 45 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.
No new COVID-19 outbreaks reported in Virginia Sunday
Data show 394 (no change from yesterday's report) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 9,597 COVID-19 cases and 1,386 deaths. That is up 37 cases and no additional deaths from the previous day's report. 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.
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.
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.
COMPLETE COVERAGE: COVID-19 HEADLINES (App users, click here for a complete list.)
Vanderbilt expert calls omicron variant one of concern3:20 PM, Dec 01, 2021
Officials: 1st case of omicron variant identified in California1:52 PM, Dec 01, 2021
Woman prepares to return home after long battle with COVID10:57 PM, Nov 30, 2021
Pfizer asks FDA to authorize boosters for older teenagers7:05 PM, Nov 30, 2021
Federal judge blocks Biden's vaccinate mandate for healthcare workers5:58 PM, Nov 30, 2021
FDA advisory panel endorses Merck’s COVID-19 pill3:32 PM, Nov 30, 2021
Here’s how Dr. Fauci says we can combat the omicron variant1:45 PM, Nov 30, 2021
Biden vaccine rule for health workers blocked in 10 states9:25 AM, Nov 30, 2021
Omicron was in the Netherlands days earlier than first thought8:04 AM, Nov 30, 2021
Va. public school enrollment below pre-pandemic levels8:42 PM, Nov 29, 2021
What a VCU doctor wants you to know about the omicron variant5:27 PM, Nov 29, 2021
CDC strengthens COVID-19 booster recommendation5:08 PM, Nov 29, 2021
Helping Kids in Crisis
Expert expects vaccine to ease mental health burden on kids4:17 PM, Nov 29, 2021
Merriam-Webster’s 2021 word of the year is ‘vaccine’1:47 PM, Nov 29, 2021
Biden says omicron variant is cause for concern, not panic7:48 AM, Nov 29, 2021
LATEST COVID-19 U.S. AND WORLDWIDE STATS