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: 363,765 (Up 5,010 from Saturday)
People Hospitalized: 18,310 (Up 70 from Saturday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 5,124 (Up 7 from Saturday)
Total Tests: 5,238,963 (Up 39,949 from Saturday)
All Health Districts Current 7-Day Positivity Rate Total: 15.0% (Up from 14.4% Saturday)
People Vaccinated with at least One Dose: 87,618 (Up 12,330 since Saturday)
People Fully Vaccinated: 0
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. *
COVID-19 LOCAL HEADLINES
180+ additional COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia; hospitalizations drop
More than 180 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.
No new COVID-19 outbreaks reported Sunday
Health officials are investigating 1,973 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data. More than 45,400 cases in the Commonwealth are linked to outbreaks. Read more.
US virus death toll hits 350,000; surge feared
Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows the U.S. passed the threshold early Sunday morning. More than 20 million people in the country have been infected. The U.S. has begun using two coronavirus vaccines to protect health care workers and nursing home residents and staff but the rollout of the inoculation program has been criticized as being slow and chaotic. Read more.
Virginia nurse 'helping others get better' dies from COVID-19 on New Year's
The family of Virginia nurse Syvie Robertson said she died from complications related to COVID-19 early New Year's Day. Robertson’s family is opening up about their unexpected loss in hopes that people not taking the pandemic seriously will change course. Read more.
ODU to hold remote classes for first 2 weeks of spring semester
Old Dominion University will hold classes remotely for the first two weeks of the spring semester due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
Virginia State Senator Ben Chafin dies from COVID-19 complications
Virginia State Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon) has died from complications from COVID-19, the senator’s office confirmed Friday night. Read more.
Henrico School's Health Committee to review COVID data, discuss in-person reopening
The Henrico County Public School's Health Committee will meet Monday to discuss when students should return to in-person learning. Read more.
Where to get a free COVID-19 test in Chesterfield
The Chesterfield Health Department is hosting another round of free COVID-19 testing events in January in hopes of curtailing the spread of the virus. Read more.
Where to get a free COVID-19 test in Richmond, Henrico
Three COVID-19 community testing events have been scheduled for the week of January 4 in the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Read more.
U.S. surpasses 20 million coronavirus cases at start of 2021
America exceeded the mark Friday, less than a week after the country reached 19 million cases. COVID-19 deaths have also increased in the country, now totaling more than 346,000. Read more.
VCU Health responds to why some non-frontline workers are receiving COVID-19 vaccine
After a few WTVR CBS 6 viewers reached out asking why some employees at VCU Health System who are not frontline workers in daily direct contact with COVID-19 patients received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we investigated who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine, and found out they do qualify. Read more.
New Year's Eve could be 'perfect storm' for spreading COVID-19, area health experts warn
Local health leaders are warning Central Virginians that a typical New Year's Eve celebration is a “perfect storm” for spreading COVID-19, at a time when cases and hospitalizations are spiking. On the final day of 2020, more than 5,200 new cases were reported statewide and the Commonwealth reached 5,000 virus-related deaths. Read more.
New Year's Eve goes virtual; CDC offers ideas and guidance
The CDC has guidance for Americans to celebrate safely, and include ideas like virtual concerts, having dinner over video chat, or having a dance party with the people in the house. Read more.
Woman 'waiting and praying' gets vaccinated at Virginia long-term care facility
"I've been in solitary confinement in this room," 94-year-old Marjorie Adams said via a Zoom call from her room on Wednesday afternoon. "We had to be isolated, I appreciate all that I know." Read more.
Nurses split on COVID-19 vaccine: 'It may make me change my career'
Healthcare personnel and long-term care residents are listed under Phase 1a in the Virginia COVID-19 Vaccination Prioritization Guidance. Although they take priority right now, not everyone is willing to roll up their sleeve. Read more.
COVID-19 variant found in California, health officials say
The variant is no more dangerous than the original virus, but is more easily transmitted, according to experts. Read more.
Microbiologists say it's not really necessary to constantly disinfect surfaces
“You actually go into hospitals where they're treating COVID-19 patients and you check the surfaces, and there's no infectious virus, none,” said Dr. Emanuel Goldman, a microbiology professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Read more.
COVID concerns kept her from returning to work, now her unemployment benefits have stopped
There are approximately 10,000 people who have refused to go back to work due to concerns about COVID-19 who are currently waiting for the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) to make a determination about whether or not they should receive benefits. Among them, a Virginia woman who works at a grocery store and is over the age of 80. Read more.
Virginia hospital workers strained due to post-holiday spike in COVID cases
Just days after some families and friends gather for Christmas, Dr. David Lanning, VCU Medical Center Interim Chief Medical Officer, said they are seeing a post-holiday spike in coronavirus cases. Read more.
Long-term care facilities in Virginia begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine
Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccination program expanded this week as residents and staff of long-term care and assisted living facilities started to receive the vaccine on Monday. Read more.
RVA health officials urge those who gathered for holidays to get tested
The data from holidays during the pandemic are clear, according to health officials: local COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spike following holidays where families and friends gather in large numbers. With the expected rise in cases, health professionals are urging anyone who traveled or extended their immediate social circle during Christmas and into New Years to get a COVID test as soon as possible. Read more.
RVA business owners react to COVID-19 relief package
As millions of Americans lost their unemployment benefits over the weekend, President Trump signed a second coronavirus stimulus bill into law to help the struggling economy. Read more.
Free drive-thru 'large-scale' COVID testing Tuesday at the Diamond
The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts plans to hold a free drive-thru COVID-19 community testing event at the Diamond on Tuesday. The "large-scale" event is set to last from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. at 3001 N Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Read more.
Fauci says worst is probably still ahead; 80-85% needed for herd immunity
Dr. Anthony Fauci said the country is at a critical place during the pandemic, and that the worst is probably still ahead. Despite warnings about traveling and getting together with people outside a household, Fauci feared another surge on top of the current surge following the Christmas holiday. Read more.
US to require travelers from UK to post negative COVID-19 test
The United States is going to require airline travelers from Britain to get a negative COVID-19 test first. Read more.
Number of global COVID-19 cases tops 80 million
Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University reported the mark Saturday morning after 472,000 cases were recorded Christmas Day. The number of deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic across the globe stands at 1.75 million. Read more.
As Virginia sets new COVID infection record, ER doc says holidays will test Virginians
A Central Virginia emergency room physician has issued a warning ahead of Christmas and New Year's Eve following a surge of coronavirus cases after Thanksgiving. Read more.
Study: COVID-19 antibodies may protect from reinfection for 6 months
A recent study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that antibodies might protect people who've already had COVID-19 from being reinfected for at least six months. Read more.
CDC gives 'OK' to begin giving Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have given the green light to begin administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Americans age 18 and older. Inoculations using Moderna’s version of the vaccine could begin Monday morning. Read more.
20 COVID-19 outbreaks reported in Virginia Sunday
Health officials are investigating 1,810 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data. More than 41,200 cases in the Commonwealth are linked to outbreaks. Read more.CDC advisory panel recommends older Americans, essential workers to be next in line for vaccine
This second wave of people comes after the first tier of health care workers and long-term care facility residents that was agreed to by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices earlier this month should get the first of the vaccine shots that started last week. Read more.
2nd COVID-19 vaccine authorized in US ships out
Initial shipments of the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S. have left a factory as the nation works to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control. Read more.
6 severe allergy cases from more than 250K shots
The half-dozen cases of allergic reaction were reported as of Friday night, and included one person with a history of vaccination reactions. Read more.
General sorry for 'miscommunication' over vaccine shipments
An Army general in charge of COVID-19 vaccines apologized Saturday for “miscommunication” with states on the number of early doses delivered. Read more.
US clears second COVID-19 vaccine, adding Moderna shots to the fight against a worsening pandemic
Moderna’s vaccine has been hailed as a medical breakthrough. The vaccine has been considered 94.1% effective against the virus. Read more.
Virginia to initially receive fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses than anticipated
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced Friday that it will receive fewer doses of COVID-19 vaccines than anticipated by the end of the year. Read more.
Governor donates plasma to help those struggling with COVID-19
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam donated his plasma Friday. As a COVID survivor, the governor's plasma contains COVID-19 antibodies that could help treat others with the virus. Read more.
Maryland, Virginia donate vaccine doses to Washington, DC
D.C. health officials have complained for weeks that the initial allotment formula followed by the Centers for Diseason Control and Prevention provided Washington with just under 7,000 doses — less than one-tenth of what would be needed for local health care workers. Read more.
US surpasses 17 million COVID-19 cases, records 1 million new cases in less than week
The country is averaging more than 200,000 new cases of the virus every day, putting it on pace to record 1 million cases every five days, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Read more.
Claims for unemployment rise again as virus spread increases
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose again last week to 885,000 as a resurgence of coronavirus cases threatens the economy’s recovery from its springtime collapse. Read more.
COVID vaccine arrives at VCU: 'I miss my family, I miss my mom'
Healthcare workers at VCU Medical Center rolled up their sleeves Wednesday to get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Read more.
State addresses COVID vaccine concerns from Black Virginians
Hundreds of people gathered on a Zoom call Tuesday night to learn more about how Virginia health leaders will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in the Black community. Read more.
Virginia's healthcare workers start receiving COVID-19 vaccinations
Healthcare workers in Virginia started receiving the state's first doses of a coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, kicking off what is likely to be a months long process of inoculating people from the potentially deadly disease. Read more.
First Americans to receive initial doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday
Following Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA and a formal recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the weekend, the first Americans are slated to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Monday. Read more.
COVID-19 vaccine shipments begin in historic US effort
The first shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine for widespread use in the United States are headed from Michigan to distribution centers across the country. Read more.
Virginia senior keen to take COVID vaccine to 'feel safer' and 'not be so isolated'
Joan Kerby lives in the Lakewood Retirement Community in Henrico, and hopes to get vaccinated soon.
"I would feel safer if I went into a grocery store, safer buying gas for the car, being out among people," she said. Read more.
Northam: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in 'next 24 to 48 hours'
Gov. Ralph Northam said Virginia plans to "immediately begin" distributing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine once it arrives in the Commonwealth over the "next 24 to 48 hours." Read more.
US preps for 1st Pfizer vaccine shipment after FDA approval
Initial doses are scarce and rationed as the U.S. joins Britain and several other countries in scrambling to vaccinate as many people as possible ahead of winter. Read more.
US leads world with 16 million cases of virus
Cases of the virus have been rising across much of the U.S., causing record death totals in recent days. Read more.
US allows emergency COVID-19 vaccine
The U.S. has given the final go-ahead to the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, launching emergency vaccinations in a bid to end the pandemic. Read more.
COMPLETE COVERAGE: COVID-19 HEADLINES (App users, click here for a complete list.)
Rules around religious exemptions and the COVID-19 vaccine5:00 PM, Sep 24, 2021
Nearly 200 Va. CVS stores to begin offering booster shots4:02 PM, Sep 24, 2021
Mom who died of COVID 'tried to help as many kids as she could'2:11 PM, Sep 24, 2021
CDC studies: Mask mandates limit spread of virus in schools1:49 PM, Sep 24, 2021
CDC director gives final approval for booster shots7:26 AM, Sep 24, 2021
CDC panel endorses Pfizer booster shots for high-risk adults4:47 PM, Sep 23, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine mandates from colleges making an impact3:03 PM, Sep 23, 2021
How will health districts start administering booster shots?12:45 PM, Sep 23, 2021
Some FL students exposed to COVID won't have to quarantine8:50 PM, Sep 22, 2021
FDA authorizes booster shots for millions of Americans7:59 PM, Sep 22, 2021
USOPC: American hopefuls for Winter Olympics must be vaccinated7:28 PM, Sep 22, 2021
Clinic asks for more monoclonal antibody drugs for COVID patients6:27 PM, Sep 22, 2021
Church of Jesus Christ requiring masks4:10 PM, Sep 22, 2021
Vandy technology helps researchers discover ‘ultra-potent’ antibodies3:16 PM, Sep 22, 2021
Bride-to-be dies of COVID days after scheduled wedding day1:43 PM, Sep 22, 2021
Germany ending quarantine pay for unvaccinated workers12:37 PM, Sep 22, 2021
Temporary art installation creates national COVID-19 memorial12:21 PM, Sep 22, 2021
TX doctor cleared of vaccine theft sues county12:09 PM, Sep 22, 2021
WHO reports global decline in new COVID-19 cases7:54 AM, Sep 22, 2021
Biden doubles vaccine purchase, calls for more global shots7:16 AM, Sep 22, 2021
VSU forum addresses vaccination rates in Black community11:33 PM, Sep 21, 2021
VCU study aims to learn how COVID affects kids in long term6:52 PM, Sep 21, 2021
Virginia nurses feeling brunt of pandemic, COVID case surge6:03 PM, Sep 21, 2021
Couple kicked out of TX bar for refusing to take off masks12:43 PM, Sep 21, 2021
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