RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 8, 2020:
The Virginia Department of Health reported 3,645 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, an increase of 312 from the day before. There are 615 people in the hospital and 75 deaths have been confirmed.
Over 30,000 Virginians have been tested for the virus.
Latest coronavirus headlines:
- Gun background checks in Virginia surge amid fears over virus
- Brian Purcell, founder of Henrico nonprofit ‘The Way,’ tests positive for COVID-19
- Virginia’s peak coronavirus prediction shifts to late-April
- Richmond gospel singer dies from coronavirus complications
Virus death toll at Canterbury reaches 33
Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County disclosed another COVID-19 death Wednesday, putting the center’s death toll from the virus at 33.
Canterbury, a long-term care facility that has experienced one of the worst clusters of the coronavirus in the country, has reported that 33 residents have died and more than 100 individuals at the center have tested positive for the virus.
Employee at Kroger Willow Lawn tests positive for COVID-19
An employee at Kroger’s Willow Lawn location has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic.
News of another local Kroger employee testing positive for COVID-19 was reported on Wednesday, Apr. 1. That associate works at the Eastridge Road location, also in Henrico County. Read more here.
Gov. Ralph Northam recommends postponing state elections, delays primary elections in June
Gov. Ralph Northam recommended that elections set for May should be postponed until November to protect people during the coronavirus outbreak. The governor also announced that he has pushed back the congressional primary on June 9 to June 23.
Northam said he was postponing the elections because while they are a constitutional right, no one should risk their health to go vote.
A state official said absentee ballots that have already been cast for May elections in Virginia will be discarded since those elections will be held in November.
Virginia man files lawsuit against Northam claiming executive orders violate state constitution
A Russell County man is seeking an injunction to temporarily block Northam’s executive orders limiting gatherings ahead of Easter Sunday, claiming they have had “a chilling effect” on his right to religious freedom.
The suit, filed by Larry Hughes in Russell County, argues Northam’s order violates the Virginia Constitution’s guarantee of the enjoyment of life and liberty. Hughes’ suit also claims Executive Order 55 violates the constitution’s guarantee that people are the source of power in the commonwealth, that laws may not be suspended without the people’s consent and the guarantee of the the free exercise of religion.
The complaint from Hughes, who is described as a professing Christian who regularly attends religious services in the suit, states that Northam’s executive order has left a chilling effect on his right to religious freedom in regards to the 10-person limit. Read the full story here.
41 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among inmates and staff in Virginia state correctional facilities
The Virginia Department of Corrections announced Wednesday morning there are 41 confirmed coronavirus cases among inmates and staff.
Virginia DOC said on its website it is screening all inmates and officers who meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing and are screening all inmates who finish their sentences for the coronavirus the day of their release.
Click here for a full breakdown of the cases.
Coronavirus claims the lives of 32 people at Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
In the past 24 hours, four more people have died at the Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Henrico. The death toll there now stands at 32 — more than half of the deaths in Virginia from COVID-19.
Officials said that all residents and staff members have been tested for the virus. Right now, 84 residents have tested positive and are receiving treatment. 25 staff members have tested positive for the virus.
Here are some tips from VDH on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid non-essential travel.