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)
Number of People Tested: 6,189 (+819 from Wednesday )
Number of Positive Tests: 460 (+69 from Wednesday)
Number of People Hospitalized: 65 (+6 from Wednesday)
Number of COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 13 (+4 from Wednesday)
Prince George County says it has its second confirmed case of #coronavirus/#COVID19, a resident in their 70s who is in the hospital and stable.— Cam Thompson (@CamThompsonCBS6) March 26, 2020
The also released more info about the 1st case, a soldier in their 30s at Fort Lee. @CBS6 pic.twitter.com/dWLgvYeTFx
City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases
Accomack: 2 (+1)
Albemarle: 6 (+2)
Alexandria: 14 (+5)
Arlington: 54 (+8)
Amelia: 1 (new)
Charles City: 1
Charlottesville: 9 (+3)
Chesapeake 4 (+1)
Chesterfield: 12 (+1)
Fairfax: 79 (+3)
Fairfax City: 1
Fauquier: 1 (new)
Franklin County: 1
Hampton: 1 (new)
Harrisonburg: 3 (+1)
Henrico: 21 (+1)
Isle of Wight: 2
James City: 49 (+8)
Louisa: 4 (+1)
Loudoun: 28 (+8)
Lynchburg: 1 (new)
Manassas City: 3 (+1)
Newport News: 8 (+4)
Norfolk: 6 (+1)
Pittsylvania: 1 (new)
Poquoson: 1 (new)
Prince Edward: 2
Prince George: *2 (+1 -- data from local health department)
Prince William: 36 (+4)
Radford: 1 (new)
Richmond City: 14 (+1)
Roanoke County: 1
Stafford: 7 (+1)
Virginia Beach: 26 (+3)
Warren: 1 (new)
Washington: 1 (new)
York: 9 (+1)
*NOTE: This data is provided from the Virginia Department of Health daily at noon. 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 HIGHLIGHTS
Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Prince George County
A second case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Prince George County, the Crater Health District (CHD) has confirmed Thursday. More here.
50-69 year olds most impacted by COVID-19 in Virginia, new data reveals
Virginia health officials released new information about who has tested positive for COVID-19 as cases continued to climb in the Commonwealth Thursday.
Sixty-nine more people tested positive for the virus out of the 819 people tested since Wednesday's update, according numbers published by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). That brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia to 460. More here.
Bon Secours suspends patient bills related to COVID-19 testing and treatments
Bon Secours announced Thursday they have suspended all patient statements and billing related to the testing and treatment of COVID-19. More here.
VCU preps dorm for potential patients
VCU notified students Thursday it was transforming some Honors College dorm rooms at 701 West Grace Street into overflow housing for potential patients amid the COVID-19 outbreak. More here.
Virginia's SNAP program issues emergency benefits
Participants in Virginia's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) received emergency benefits Wednesday to aid in Coronavirus relief. More here.
Popular northern Virginia bar sees coronavirus exposure
Officials in Alexandria are warning patrons at one of the city's most popular bars about exposure to the coronavirus. More here.
First-responders forced to take extra precautions when responding to scenes
First-responders and 911 dispatchers are having to change the way they do their jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
EMS units must now wear personal protective gear and take extra precautions when on crime scenes.
Anyone who calls 911 may receive additional questions from dispatchers to determine if EMS units could be at risk of being exposed to COVID-19. More here.
Small business owners face barriers in applying for government loans
As the number of COVID-19 cases began growing in the Commonwealth, small business owners began preparing for the potential economic impacts. Jimmy Comer, who is the co-owner of RBI Services in Hanover County, said he tried to apply for a small business loan through the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority. More here.
NN Burger offers sanitizer and toilet paper with takeout orders
NN Burger, with locations in Tappahannock and Kilmarnock, is now offering hand sanitizer and toilet paper along with takeout orders. More here.
Non-profit mobilizes to help vulnerable foster families, children
Vulnerable children in Virginia could become “secondary victims” of the community response to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to foster care advocates. A local non-profit is now organizing a “Foster Care Survival Kit” drive to help foster families and children through uncertain times. More here.
YMCA Emergency Childcare Program expands to Chesterfield and Henrico
One day after Governor Ralph Northam announced all Virginia schools will be closed for the remainder of the academic school year, the YMCA of Greater Richmond announced their emergency childcare program will expand to Chesterfield and Henrico Counties.
In addition to emergency childcare at its Downtown location, the YMCA of Greater Richmond will offer the service at four other locations: Shady Grove, Tuckahoe, Midlothian and Chester. More here.
Richmond area seamstresses make face masks for Central Virginia nurses
Hundreds of seamstresses and community members have joined a grassroots effort to get handmade face masks to Central Virginia first responders. Julie Kratzer helped organize the Facebook group “RVA Masks 4 Health” shortly after the novel coronavirus pandemic began. More here.
Essential vs. non-essential: What's closed in Virginia?
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam ordered all Virginia schools and non-essential businesses closed in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“I know the next several weeks will be difficult," he said. "These restrictions on non-essential businesses will create hardships on the businesses and employees affected. But they are necessary, and we do not undertake them lightly. I am calling on Virginians to sacrifice now, so that we can get through this together." More here.
Photographer showcases beauty of quarantined Henrico family
Photographers across the country are bringing the photoshoot to front steps when quarantined families can’t leave their house. 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.)
Rioting youths in Dutch village torch virus testing center9:06 AM, Jan 24, 2021
France faces 3rd lockdown if curfew not enough9:04 AM, Jan 24, 2021
COVID-19 in Virginia: 3,790+ new cases reported9:01 AM, Jan 24, 2021
Nearly 260 more COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia8:26 AM, Jan 24, 2021
NY seniors, churches to get vaccine prep kits9:42 PM, Jan 23, 2021
Chesterfield family frustrated with vaccine distribution9:09 PM, Jan 23, 2021
County-by-county look at COVID-19 in Virginia Saturday7:50 PM, Jan 23, 2021
Why Virginia is changing vaccine distribution approach5:35 PM, Jan 23, 2021
COVID-19 in Virginia: 28 new outbreaks reported Saturday5:30 PM, Jan 23, 2021
COVID-19 in Virginia: 4,900+ new cases reported10:03 AM, Jan 23, 2021
UK doctors seek review of 12-week gap between vaccine doses9:27 AM, Jan 23, 2021
240 more COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia8:55 AM, Jan 23, 2021
CDC: Mixing vaccines okay in limited circumstances9:36 PM, Jan 22, 2021
Woman: 'I feel like Chesterfield is being left out'5:15 PM, Jan 22, 2021
CDC: COVID-19 data should be ‘interpreted with caution’4:50 PM, Jan 22, 2021
Experts discuss rollout of COVID-19 vaccines4:26 PM, Jan 22, 2021
AARP guide will help seniors with questions about vaccines4:21 PM, Jan 22, 2021
Scans of post-COVID-19 lungs look worse than smokers' lungs4:08 PM, Jan 22, 2021
Houston-area doctor charged with stealing COVID-19 vaccine3:16 PM, Jan 22, 2021
State of Education
Chesterfield teachers, parents urge district to reconsider return to in-person learning2:30 PM, Jan 22, 2021
Near 200 more COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia1:20 PM, Jan 22, 2021
UK variant of coronavirus appears to be more deadly12:54 PM, Jan 22, 2021
Carnival extends pause on US departures through end of April11:44 AM, Jan 22, 2021
Chicago teachers hold vote on returning to class11:39 AM, Jan 22, 2021
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