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: 5,274 (+197 from Saturday)
People Hospitalized: 872 (+35 from Saturday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 141 (+11 from Saturday )
People Tested: 39,985 37,999 (+1,986 from Saturday)
CITY/COUNTY-BY-COUNTY BREAKDOWN OF CASES
Alexandria: 198 (+10)
Arlington: 366 (+17)
Botetourt: 23 (+1)
Buena Vista City: 4
Charles City: 9 (+1)
Charlotte: 4 (+2)
Chesapeake: 121 (+6)
Chesterfield: 209 (+6)
Colonial Heights: 6
Culpeper: 19 (+2)
Fairfax: 1,008 (+62)
Fairfax City: 1
Falls Church: 2 (new)
Fluvanna: 21 (+2)
Franklin City: 6
Franklin County: 14
Frederick: 65 (+2)
Fredericksburg: 12 (+1)
Giles: 2 (+1)
Goochland: 32 (+6)
Hampton: 65 (+1)
Harrisonburg: 81 (+2)
Henrico: 379 (+11)
Isle of Wight: 31 (+3)
James City: 126
King George: 14 (+1)
King and Queen: 2
King William: 2
Loudoun: 301 (+5)
Manassas City: 34
Manassas Park: 10
Mecklenburg: 55 (+2)
Montgomery: 32 (+1)
Nelson: 5 (+1)
New Kent: 12
Newport News: 78 (+3)
Nottoway: 5 (+1)
Portsmouth: 51 (+2)
Prince Edward: 9 (+1)
Prince George: 26
Prince William: 389 (-1)
Richmond City: 154 (+6)
Richmond County: 5
Roanoke City: 20 (+3)
Roanoke County: 14 (+1)
Rockingham: 43 (-1)
Shenandoah: 17 (+1)
Spotsylvania: 50 (+3)
Stafford: 72 (+5)
Suffolk: 48 (+8)
Virginia Beach: 243 (+7)
York: 29 (+2)
*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.)
Following NYC mandate, states consider vaccine passports4:52 PM, Aug 04, 2021
Arkansas governor regrets signing law banning mask mandates4:20 PM, Aug 04, 2021
Richmond requiring all city employees to get COVID vaccine3:39 PM, Aug 04, 2021
Alabama prison offering $5 canteen credits for vaccinations2:29 PM, Aug 04, 2021
'One stop COVID shop' offers testing, vaccines and treatment12:58 PM, Aug 04, 2021
Woman gives birth in hospital where lost husband to COVID-1912:40 PM, Aug 04, 2021
The Offspring drummer leaving band over COVID-19 vaccine12:18 PM, Aug 04, 2021
Fake COVID-19 vaccine cards could present challenges11:02 AM, Aug 04, 2021
WHO calls for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine booster shots10:05 AM, Aug 04, 2021
Florida seeing record COVID-19 hospitalizations8:31 AM, Aug 04, 2021
Virginia National Guard ends COVID-19 response mission8:47 PM, Aug 03, 2021
16 destinations added to CDC's travel risk list8:35 PM, Aug 03, 2021
Garth Brooks tour to assess COVID resurgence after Nebraska concert6:36 PM, Aug 03, 2021
CDC director: Delta outsmarted us here4:36 PM, Aug 03, 2021
Biden to announce new eviction ban due to COVID spread4:26 PM, Aug 03, 2021
Fauci hopes for end-of-month full FDA approval for vaccine3:52 PM, Aug 03, 2021
99.99% of fully vaccinated haven't had deadly breakthrough case1:33 PM, Aug 03, 2021
COVID-19 brain issues may lead to Alzheimer's, dementia1:10 PM, Aug 03, 2021
NYC to require vaccination proof for some activities10:10 AM, Aug 03, 2021
US has sent over 110M COVID vaccines abroad, White House says9:59 AM, Aug 03, 2021
2 fined for using fake vaccine cards to enter Canada9:07 AM, Aug 03, 2021
China orders mass testing in Wuhan as COVID outbreak spreads5:07 AM, Aug 03, 2021
Scottsdale restaurant to require diners to show proof of vaccination status10:59 PM, Aug 02, 2021
As COVID cases surge, Va. lawmakers take safety measures9:24 PM, Aug 02, 2021
LATEST COVID-19 U.S. AND WORLDWIDE STATS