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: 59,946 (+432 from Wednesday)
People Hospitalized: 5,995 (+40 from Wednesday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 1,675 (+14 from Wednesday)
Total Tests: 654,500 (+18,404 from Wednesday)
*NOTE: This data is provided from the Virginia Department of Healthdaily 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. Get the latest charts and updated numbers from VDH here.
COVID-19 LOCAL HEADLINES
COVID-19 cases are surging among young people
Coronavirus infections are climbing rapidly among young Americans in a number of states where bars, stores, and restaurants have reopened. Read more.
Northam: Virginia will enter Phase 3 on July 1
Phase Three of the reopening process will begin in Virginia on Wednesday, July 1, Governor Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. Northam said the decision comes as statewide numbers continue to trend in a positive direction. Read more.
US virus cases surge to highest level in 2 months
New coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged to their highest level in two months and are now back to where they were at the peak of the outbreak. Read more.
Virginia hits lowest COVID-19 positivity rate milestone
Governor Ralph Northam seems to be pleased with Virginia's COVID-19 numbers. Read more.
More COVID-19 patients discharged from Virginia hospitals
Nearly 40 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 Sunday
Data show 230 outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 6,555 COVID-19 cases and 1,004 deaths. That is up 6 cases and no additional deaths from the previous day's report. Read more.
Here's what Phase Three will look like when Virginia is ready
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam outlined what a Phase Three reopening in Virginia would look like once it is deemed safe to exit Phase Two. Virginia will remain in Phase Two until further notice. The earlier Phase Three could begin is Friday, June 26. Read more.
Virginia won't enter Phase Three reopening this week
Virginia will remain a Phase Two coronavirus reopening, Governor Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. After two weeks at the Phase Two level, the earliest Virginia could have entered Phase Three was Friday. The governor said Virginia would remain in Phase Two despite the fact "our numbers continue to look favorable." Read more.
State health officials tipped off to hundreds of COVID-19 mask violations
The Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 hotline has received 755 complaints related to COVID-19 mask violations since May 29. Roughly one-third of those complaints, according to VDH spokesperson, involve food and beverage establishments not following mask rules. Read more.
2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival canceled due to COVID-19
Two of Richmond’s biggest festivals, the 2nd Street Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival, have been canceled due to COVID-19, Venture Richmond announced Tuesday. Read more.
Chesterfield daycare worker tests positive for COVID-19
A daycare worker in Chesterfield County has tested positive for COVID-19. In an email, the Childcare Network notified families of a possible COVID-19 exposure at the school, located at 8210 Walmsley Boulevard, off Hull Street. Read more.
Richmond enters second phase of 'the new abnormal'
Restrictions on businesses, gyms, and churches were relaxed in Richmond as the city entered Phase Two of reopening. Read more.
Richmond, Chesterfield address disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Hispanic, Latino communities
Richmond City and Chesterfield Health Districts are collaborating to expand outreach and services to Hispanic and Latino communities who may be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Read more.
Virginia health department data Friday includes negative COVID-19 tests backlog
Health department data released Friday shows an additional 44,661 tests processed because of a previous backlog of negative PCR tests, officials said. Read more.
Henrico grab-and-go meal distribution moving to summer schedule
Henrico County Public Schools’ “grab-and-go” meals distribution service will move to a summer schedule Monday, as will its mobile technology hubs and an information hotline designed to help families during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
First responders, volunteers drop off PPE to vulnerable in Petersburg
Thousands of people who live in Petersburg received COVID-19 protection Friday thanks to a city-wide initiative. Read more.
Northam announces phased approach for school reopening
Governor Ralph Northam unveiled a phased reopening approach for preK-12 schools in Virginia.
“We know parents want to know what to expect this summer and in the fall, to be clear, all Virginia schools will open for students next year, but the school experience will look very different,” said Northam at a Tuesday press conference. Read more here.
Richmond, Henrico Health Departments release safety recommendations for protesters
The Richmond and Henrico Health Departments have released safety recommendations for those partaking in protests during the COVID-19 pandemic.More here.
How to find work during COVID-19 pandemic: 'People are still hiring'
some employers are still hiring during the global health pandemic. Here are some tips for finding works from experts. More here.
Dad teaches science lessons by making dinosaurs fly
Dinosaurs are soaring through the air once again! At least, they are at 5-year-old Finn Thomas’s house. More here.
'Virginia Graduates Together' will salute class of 2020 with musical performances, speeches
Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam will celebrate the commonwealth’s graduating seniors during a statewide virtual celebration. More here.
'Role model' high schoolers start innovative online education program for younger students
Life is anything but normal for school kids across Virginia. Many have struggled to keep up with distance learning, but four Maggie Walker honors students are helping through Project EngageRVA. More here.
Deep Run robotics team creates PPE
Deep Run High School’s Team 1086 Blue Cheese Robotics team had its winning 2020 season cut short because of the coronavirus. However, the group quickly pivoted and found a way to re-channel efforts to help the community. More here.
Free science kits help Richmond students learn at home
An educational nonprofit called Blue Sky Fund is distributing 1,500 free home science learning kits for students at Richmond Public Schools. Those kits are being handed out at Richmond Public Schools' meal distribution sites. More here.
Virginia woman hands out scholarships to high school seniors: 'They’re going to make it'
"It’s just my way of giving back to the community and helping young people because they need some encouragement. They need motivation," said Tracey McMillon. More here.
Virginia State Parks opening more beaches for recreation activities
Virginia State Parks’ tidal beaches are now open for recreation activities while inland lakefront beaches remain closed. More here.
Inside the Facebook Group guiding thousands of Richmond diners
In these uncertain times, people can take comfort in advice and guidance from others. That includes ideas on where to eat. More here.
New Richmond restaurant owner asks for help: 'We used our life savings'
A new Richmond restaurant is asking for help. Subconscious Cafe, located in the Fan, was forced to close days before its planned Grand Opening. More here.
Virginia Beach reopens, but it will be far from a normal day at the beach
If you’re hoping to use the Memorial Day weekend to swim, surf, sunbathe, or fish, you’re in luck. The Virginia Beach Oceanfront was set to open -- with restrictions -- on Friday. More here.
COMPLETE COVERAGE: COVID-19 HEADLINES (App users, click here for complete list.)
COVID-19 continues to lead seasonal respiratory illnesses, CDC says7:13 PM, Dec 01, 2023
CDC: New COVID-19 variant cases have tripled in two weeks3:46 PM, Nov 29, 2023
More free COVID-19 tests available on government website9:24 AM, Nov 20, 2023
Feds take action against makers of 'invisible mask' to prevent COVID11:16 AM, Oct 25, 2023
7 million Americans have gotten the new COVID-19 vaccine1:40 PM, Oct 13, 2023
CDC will no longer distribute COVID-19 vaccine cards2:00 PM, Oct 04, 2023
President Joe Biden received the COVID-19 booster and flu shot8:49 PM, Sep 23, 2023
After more than 3 years, COVID is still politically divisive4:36 PM, Sep 08, 2023
FDA could authorize new COVID booster as early as Friday10:21 AM, Sep 08, 2023
Why this COVID wave is probably worse than official data suggests9:26 AM, Sep 02, 2023
Updated COVID-19 vaccines are coming mid-September, officials say7:45 AM, Aug 26, 2023
Kentucky school districts cancel classes less than 2 weeks into school year4:25 PM, Aug 25, 2023
US school district halts in-person classes amid COVID, flu outbreaks1:21 PM, Aug 24, 2023
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again7:03 PM, Aug 06, 2023
Florida family found guilty of selling bleach product as Covid-19 ‘cure-all’1:42 PM, Jul 23, 2023
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