RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 10, 2020:
The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Virginia. More than 4,500 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The death toll is now at 122.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, 35,459 Virginians have been tested for the virus.
On Thursday, Virginia health officials reported 44 deaths in the Richmond area — 40 of those deaths come from the Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County.
94-year-old resident at Hanover senior community dies
(WRIC) — The Harmony Collection at Hanover notified their assisted living community that a 94-year-old resident who recently tested positive for COVID-19 has died.
Mark Hubbard, a spokesperson for the community from McGuireWoods Consulting, confirmed to 8News that the resident passed away at a Mechanicsville hospital. The news comes one day after 8News reported that one resident and three employees tested positive for COVID-19.
ABC store in Bon Air closed after employee’s parent tests positive for COVID-19
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority temporarily closed its store in Bon Air on Wednesday “out of an abundance of caution” after the parent of an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
A Virginia ABC spokesperson confirmed Friday in an email to 8News that the store at 2610 Buford Road was closed. The employee lives with the parent, who is asymptomatic, but has not shown any symptoms of the virus and was last at work on April 5.
51 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among inmates and staff in Virginia state correctional facilities
(WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Corrections announced Friday there are now 51 confirmed cases of inmates and staff infected with COVID-19 in its correctional facilities.
According to the latest update, 26 inmates (20 on-site and six hospitalized) have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 25 staff members, which includes both employees and contractors, have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Car rally calls for mass release of inmates
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Dozens rallied from their cars in Richmond Friday afternoon to address what they say is the state’s failure to keep incarcerated inmates safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a statement released by event organizers, “prisons, jails, detention centers, and juvenile correctional facilities are dangerous settings that increase the spread of infectious diseases.”
Beginning at 2:30 p.m., cars gathered in a parking lot in the 1600 block of E. Broad Street for the #FreeOurPeople car rally. Among the vehicles that blocked Fairfield Way, one sign read, ‘My son is essential to me,’ while another read ‘Free my Brother.’
Second COVID-19 death reported in the Piedmont Health District
FARMVILLE, Va. (WRIC) – A resident at a long-term healthcare facility has died from COVID-19, according to a press release from the Piedmont Health District. Information regarding the deceased’s identity is not being released.
The facility where the resident lived is working with the local health district to take steps to protect the health of other residents and staff, according to the release.
This is the second death related to COVID-19 in the Piedmont Health District. The first fatality was a man in his 70s who died in March.
Coronavirus outbreak at Henrico rehabilitation facility leaves 40 dead
The medical director of Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County, Dr. James Wright, said during a Friday press conference that the long-term care facility has reported another COVID-19 death in the last 12 hours, putting the center’s death count at 40.
The western Henrico nursing home has experienced one of the worst clusters of the coronavirus in the country, with at least 40 deaths linked to COVID-19 and more than 100 individuals who have tested positive for the virus.
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Mayor Stoney says Richmond has not yet reached coronavirus peak
While the numbers continue to grow, Stoney says the city has not yet reached its coronavirus peak.
“If you all have been to King’s Dominion before, that tick tick tick tick, we are still on the front end of that roller coaster,” Stoney said.
Richmond and Henrico Health District Director Dr. Danny Avula says his team is monitoring three assisted-living facilities with coronavirus clusters within city limits.
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.