RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for May 12, 2020:
The Virginia Department of Health reported 25,800 cases of COVID-19 — 24,601 confirmed and 1,199 probable — Tuesday.
More than 171,000 Virginians have been tested for the virus. The death toll is now at 891.
Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that 3,400 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.
3 nurses test positive for COVID-19 at Lakewood Retirement Community
On Monday, Lakewood Retirement Community posted on their COVID-19 blog that three certified nursing assistants had tested positive for COVID-19. The nurses work in the health services building.
“These team members are asymptomatic but are self-quarantining at home. Lakewood’s leadership team will follow guidance from the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the date that these team members can return to work,” Lakewood wrote in their post.
At this time, two Lakewood residents and four staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
To stay up to date with COVID-19 cases at Lakewood, follow their blog here.
UVA discovery prompts clinical trial of antidepressant to fight COVID-19
Last year, UVA researchers found that the antidepressant drug fluvoxamine can stop the deadly inflammation known as sepsis. The drug reduced the production of cytokines, they determined.
Now it will be tested as a protective measure for patients with COVID-19. UVA said in a press release.
The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will be launching a clinical trial to see if fluvoxamine can prevent ““cytokine storms.”
“I am excited to see the results from this clinical trial,” UVA researcher Dr. Alban Gaultier said. “If proven effective in decreasing the symptoms of COVID-19, this treatment would be a safe and affordable option for fighting the pandemic. Further, this approach could also be applied to other inflammatory conditions driven by cytokine storms, such as sepsis.”
For more information about the trial, click here.
Chesterfield County parks reopen with limitations
Chesterfield County parks are working to reopen parks that have been closed since mid-March.
The county is expected to reopen playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts and pickleball courts on Tuesday, May 12.
If you are looking to head out to a park today, the county is asking you to do the following:
- No social gatherings of more than 10 individuals
- Continue social distancing
- Face coverings recommended in public
Click here to read the full release.
Free coronavirus testing in Richmond
The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts will set up a free COVID-19 testing site at Southwood Apartments today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To register, call the Richmond and Henrico hotline at (804) 205-3501. Testing is for uninsured and underinsured people aged five years or older with COVID-19 symptoms. Walk-up testing is available but not guaranteed.
COVID-19 in Virginia
Here’s a breakdown of cases in our area:
|COVID-19 CASES||TOTAL CASES||DEATHS|
|Charles City County||25||1|
|City of Colonial Heights||82||7|
|City of Hopewell||62||0|
|City of Petersburg||84||2|
|City of Richmond||888||20|
|New Kent County||26||1|