RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 15, 2020:
The Virginia Department of Health reported that 6,500 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the commonwealth. COVID-19 has killed 195 Virginians.
Currently, 1,048 people have been hospitalized for it, the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association said 752 patients with the coronavirus have been discharged.
So far 42,763 people have been tested for the virus.
Latest coronavirus headlines:
- Track your stimulus check using the new IRS tool
- Beth Sholom battling over 25 cases of COVID-19
- Pastor who died from COVID-19 held service a week before diagnosis
- New dispatch call released as Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center death toll grows to 45
- Virginia ABC introduces protocol for store closures amid COVID-19
Virginia state correctional facilities have 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19
The Virginia Department of Corrections have announced 76 people in state facilities have contracted the coronavirus.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Brunswick CCAP — 1 staff member
- Central Virginia Correctional Unit #13 — 1 staff member
- Deerfield Correctional Center (includes Deerfield Work Centers) — 1 staff member
- Haynesville Correctional Center — 3 inmates, 1 hospitalized offender, 1 staff member
- State Farm Correctional Complex — 2 staff members
- Sussex II State Prison — 4 inmates, 2 hopsitalized offenders, 1 staff member
- Virginia Correctional Center for Women (includes State Farm Work Center) — 21 inmates, 3 hospitalized offenders, 1 inmate death, 21 staff members
- Probation & Parole — Eastern Region — 4 staff members
To learn more about what the VADOC is doing to prevent and combat the spread of the coroanvirus click here.
Employee at Midlothian Wegmans tests positive for COVID-19
Wegmans confirmed to 8News Wednesday that an employee at the Midlothian location tested positive for coronavirus. The grocery-store chain said that if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, they “thoroughly investigate” in partnership with the local health department.
Wegmans is giving all employees who test positive for coronavirus paid sick leave for the length of their quarantine.
Read how Wegmans is responding to COVID-19 here.
Bracing for surge in Virginia, Northam pushes effort to recruit volunteers
As Virginia braces for an expected surge of coronavirus patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities, Gov. Ralph Northam is pushing an effort to recruit volunteers to meet the demand for health care workers.
Anticipating a need of up to 30,000 medical and non-medical volunteers, the governor’s office and the Virginia Department of Health’s Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) have worked together to reach out to college students and those with relevant experience who have recently filed for unemployment to help in the fight against the virus.
“As a doctor and a veteran, I know how vital it is to have the necessary personnel on the front lines,” Northam said in a statement. “The success of our COVID-19 crisis response depends on our ability to mobilize a dedicated healthcare workforce, and we are counting on Virginians to lend a hand and help us battle this virus. This is an opportunity to do good for our Commonwealth and save lives.”
Virginia and the MRC are working with colleges and universities in the state to recruit students, particularly those in health and medical degree programs. Learn more here.
Track your stimulus check using the new IRS tool
Listen up! You can now track your stimulus check using the new IRS tool.
The free “Get My Payment” tool located on the IRS.gov website will allow taxpayers who filed their tax returns in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking information on their return to submit direct deposit information to ensure they get their payments sooner.
Through this tool, you’ll be able to track the status of your payment by entering your Social Security Number, date of birth, and mailing address.
The application will be able to give you the following information:
- Payment status
- Payment type
- Whether the IRS needs more information, including bank account information
Beth Sholom battling over 25 cases of COVID-19
Long term care facility Beth Sholom said they are experiencing difficult days. The Henrico County facility has over 25 patients and staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19.
The facility said that when they only had one case, they isolated the patient at their Healthcare Center to avoid the spread. Beth Sholom’s first case was reported on March 26.
“But as the days progressed, the highly contagious virus found a way to infect more of our residents,” the facility said in a statement Tuesday.
3 more people die at Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
The death toll at Canterbury is now at 45. The first resident tested positive on March 18 and less than a month later the facility has become the worst outbreak of any nursing home in the United States.
Officials said they underestimated how hard the virus would be to treat in a nursing home setting. They said testing delays may have contributed to some of the spread.
When all the residents were tested late March, more than half of them tested positive but didn’t have any symptoms yet. By then 16 people had already died.
Currently, 83 residents are being treated at a hospital or inside the facility.
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.