COVID-19 in Virginia: LIVE updates for Thursday, March 19

Posted at 12:07 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 16:19:25-04

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, we will update this post with the day's local coronavirus headlines and statistics.

COVID-19 in Virginia (Scroll to bottom of story for U.S. stats)

Number of People Tested: 1,923
Number of Positive Tests: 94
Number of People Hospitalized: 19
Number of COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 2

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Alexandria: 2
Arlington County: 17
Charles City County: 1
Charlottesville: 1
Chesterfield County: 6
Fairfax County: 16
Goochland County: 1
Hanover County: 1
Harrisonburg: 1
Henrico County: 3
James City County 14
Loudon County: 5
Prince Edward County: 1
Prince William County: 11
Richmond City: 3
Spotsylvania County: 1
Stafford County: 2
Virginia Beach: 4
Williamsburg: 1
York County: 1

News Conferences

President Donald Trumps's coronavirus task force 11:30 a.m. briefing
Gov. Ralph Northam's 3 p.m. COVID-19 briefing

COVID-19 Local Highlights

10-year-old Virginia child tests positive for COVID-19

The first case of coronavirus has been reported in the Three Rivers Health District, the Virginia Department of Health announced. The patient is under the age of 10 years old and tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The possibility of community spread is being investigated, officials said. More here.

Relief funds aid Richmond restaurants workers facing economic hardships

Restaurants across Virginia and the country have been forced to close their doors or significantly alter their service as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and orders to enforce social distancing. More here.

Idle Hands baker hands out free bread: 'It brings people happiness and that’s why I do it'

Richmond bakery owner Jay Metzler, who owns Idle Hands Bread Company in The Fan, is doing what he can to help people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

"A lot of people are hurting, and I love to bake bread," said Metzler. "I have eight employees. I’ve had to take them all down to three or less days a week. So while it's very scary for me and very present, it’s scary for lots of people in this business specifically."More here.

Central Virginia schools extend school closures through mid-April

School Districts throughout Central Virginia are extending their closures as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the region and those changes continue to come in Thursday. More here.

Emergency Room doctors hope for changes to better care for COVID-19 patients: 'We're nervous'

Emergency Room Doctor Joran Sequeria has a message for employers in the Richmond region: stop sending your employees who recently traveled, have sick family members, or who have an upper respiratory issue to the Emergency Room for a COVID-19 test and a doctors note. More here.

Help available for addicts in quarantine: 'Boredom is a big trigger'

McShin Foundation co-founder John Shinholser said peer-to-peer recovery is paramount in overcoming addiction.

“When we find recovery our message is one of responsibility," Shinholser said about his recovery and rehab non-profit. More here.

Additional COVID-19 Headlines

Latest COVID-19 US and Worldwide Stats