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: 148,721 (+450 from Wednesday)
People Hospitalized: 11,092 (+51 from Wednesday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 3,228 (+20 from Wednesday)
Total Tests: 2,225,630 (+25,506 from Wednesday)
All Health Districts Current 7-Day Positivity Rate Total: 4.8 (no change)
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. *Data from Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker.
COVID-19 LOCAL HEADLINES
Her husband drove a Richmond bus until COVID killed him, now she wants riders to 'just be safe'
A Richmond woman spoke to the public for the first time following the death of her husband, 49-year-old John Thrower. Read more.
Donate blood to help neighbors with COVID
Every unit of blood that is donated goes through testing for COVID-19 antibodies. If the blood contains the antibodies, it can be sent to the hospital to help people with COVID. Read more.
Grocery store workers can apply for $250 in aid
Beginning today, grocery store workers can apply for a national relief fund set up through the United Way and Kendall-Jackson. Read more.
CDC extends no-sail order on cruise ships
With reported squabbling between the CDC and White House, the CDC announced late Wednesday that a no-sail order on passenger cruise ships has been extended through the month of October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
31 prison inmates with coronavirus have died in Virginia
Figures from the Virginia Department of Corrections show that 31 prison inmates with COVID-19 have died since the start of the pandemic. Read more.
Deerfield Correctional Center COVID-19 outbreak: 17th virus death reported
The Virginia Department of Corrections reports the 17th coronavirus-related death at Deerfield Correctional Center, a facility that is home to many geriatric and medically impaired offenders. Read more.
Northam shares health update after positive COVID-19 test
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam shared a health update Monday morning, days after he and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. Read more.
Lawmakers 'shocked' after Gov. Northam, First Lady test positive for COVID-19
The Northams tested positive after they learned someone who works in the Governor's mansion tested positive for the virus. Read more.
Governor Northam, First Lady test positive for COVID-19
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Governor's Office. Read more.
Coronavirus antibodies found in 10% of the sampled population
A study conducted by Stanford researchers found nearly 10% of those tested exhibited coronavirus antibodies. Read more.
180-plus COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia; hospitalizations tick down
Seventy 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 in Virginia Sunday
Health officials are investigating 1,010 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Sunday. Read more.
Richmond leaders cautiously optimistic about COVID numbers
“We have to be even more vigilant now, more than ever. We are not out of the woods. The numbers, the statistics look good. But, obviously these things can change, truthfully, overnight,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said. Read more.
10th inmate with COVID-19 dies at Deerfield Correctional Center
Officials in Virginia say 10 inmates have died at a prison where elderly and vulnerable inmates are being held. Read more.
Positive COVID-19 case reported at Colonial Heights High School
A positive case of COVID-19 has been reported at Colonial Heights High School, school officials confirmed Wednesday afternoon. Read more.
Northam says new refinancing plan will save Virginia colleges, universities $300M
Governor Ralph Northam announced a new higher education refinancing plan Tuesday that he says will save Virginia’s public colleges and universities more than $300 million over the next two years. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have tremendous impacts on higher education, including the fiscal health of our colleges and universities,” said Governor Northam. Read more.
Here's where to get a free COVID-19 test in Richmond, Henrico
Three COVID-19 community testing events have been scheduled for the week of September 28 in the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Read more.
Here's how Busch Gardens will celebrate Halloween
The park reopened in August during the pandemic and plans to keep in place safety protocols as part of the state's Phase 3 reopening guidelines. Read more.
Study suggests mask-wearing can lessen COVID-19 severity
A study published this month suggests that by lessening the amount of virus you take in by putting on a mask, you may also lessen the likelihood of getting severely sick if you contract COVID-19. Read more.
US surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 deaths
The deaths — all of which have occurred since February — out-total the number of Americans lost to World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War combined. Read more.
James Madison University to resume in-person instruction
James Madison University says it will resume in-person instruction. School officials say they now feel confident that they can keep students safe through the fall semester. Read more.
Virginia reports first child COVID-19 death
The teen was a resident in the Southside Health District, the health department announced Friday afternoon. Read more.
Students attend weekend house party, now some have COVID-19
A weekend house party that attracted upwards of 60 high school students prompted the Friday morning shutdown of two private school campuses in Richmond. Read more.
CDC reverses controversial advice about who should be tested for COVID-19
U.S. health officials are dropping a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and telling all those who have been in close contact with infected people to get tested. Read more.
Virginia's Community Colleges to continue virtual learning through spring semester
Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges, said in a Friday letter to students that VCC schools will continue offering virtual learning through the spring semester. Read more.
Richmond Kickers' home game postponed after positive test on visiting team
The Richmond Kickers home game, scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at City Stadium, has been postponed. Read more.
Inmates at Virginia prison 'fighting to stay alive' during mass COVID-19 outbreak
The Virginia Department of Corrections reports 537 positive cases at the facility and 8 deaths, as of Thursday evening. The facility has the most COVID-19 related deaths in any Virginia DOC facility. Read more.
Latest CDC forecast projects 218,000 COVID-19 deaths by Oct. 10
With the new forecast, that means approximately 9,600 to 20,600 more people could die in the next three weeks. Read more.
UVA discovers cluster of coronavirus cases at residence hall
The University of Virginia says its increasing testing of students after it identified a cluster of coronavirus cases in a residence hall. Read more.
Liberty University launches COVID-19 dashboard after 'technical glitch' delay
The dashboard, which launched Wednesday, showed 141 active coronavirus cases among the university's students and employees.
High schoolers expand 'very impressive' online education program for kids
A group of high school honors students spearheading an online enrichment program is expanding its reach. Read more.
Tuesday marks highest 1-day COVID-19 death toll since August in U.S.
Forbes reports that those lives lost on Tuesday were the nation's highest one-day total since Aug. 19, when 1,295 Americans perished. Read more.
Fauci warns of a 'difficult' winter of 'hunkering down' amid pandemic
Studies have shown that the coronavirus is more likely to spread between people indoors. With the weather beginning to turn, it's going to be more difficult to dine and congregate outdoors — and with many heading inside, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, warns that Americans need to be more vigilant than ever against the spread COVID-19. Read more.
COMPLETE COVERAGE: COVID-19 HEADLINES (App users, click here for a complete list.)
England faces new lockdown as UK virus cases pass 1 million3:28 PM, Oct 31, 2020
England faces new lockdown as UK virus cases pass 1 million3:08 PM, Oct 31, 2020
COVID-19 in Virginia: 1,550+ new cases reported9:04 AM, Oct 31, 2020
Nearly 100 more COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia8:55 AM, Oct 31, 2020
Traveling nurses fulfill crucial role amid pandemic11:46 PM, Oct 30, 2020
Canadian hockey league to ban bodychecks amid pandemic8:35 PM, Oct 30, 2020
Trump Jr. downplays COVID deaths as 'almost nothing'7:55 PM, Oct 30, 2020
Grim milestone: US surpasses 9 million coronavirus cases4:06 PM, Oct 30, 2020
How pandemic has affected your health insurance3:09 PM, Oct 30, 2020
CDC offers framework for cruise lines to start sailing again2:46 PM, Oct 30, 2020
Study looks at grocery store COVID-19 rates, mental health12:28 PM, Oct 30, 2020
Nearly 100 more COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia9:47 AM, Oct 30, 2020
US average daily virus cases rising to more than 74,0009:29 AM, Oct 30, 2020
COVID-19 in Virginia: 1,400+ new cases reported9:18 AM, Oct 30, 2020
Millions face risk of lead poisoning10:50 PM, Oct 29, 2020
No. 1 Clemson's Trevor Lawrence to miss game due to COVID-199:10 PM, Oct 29, 2020
United to soon offer passengers free COVID tests on select flights6:19 PM, Oct 29, 2020
Store guard stabbed 27 times for asking women to wear masks6:18 PM, Oct 29, 2020
JetBlue is the latest airline to retreat from blocking seats6:13 PM, Oct 29, 2020
Poll shows millions of people switching careers during pandemic5:47 PM, Oct 29, 2020
Michigan bars, restaurants must collect names and numbers4:53 PM, Oct 29, 2020
Oregon health official in clown make-up gives COVID-19 info12:39 PM, Oct 29, 2020
Airports take off as new frontier in COVID-19 testing12:15 PM, Oct 29, 2020
Making Ends Meet
Petersburg opens applications for 2nd round of COVID Relief Grants11:25 AM, Oct 29, 2020
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