Coronavirus update: Just over 1,000 news cases of COVID-19 reported, positivity rate at 5.7%


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Saturday, April 24:

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations

The Virginia Department of Health reported 1,005 new cases, which includes those who tested positive and people with known exposure to COVID-19. In total, Virginia has reported 653,326 COVID-19 cases and 10,675 deaths.

As of Wednesday, the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is reporting that 1,046 people are currently in the hospital with COVID-19, with 262 of those patients in the ICU. There are 147 people currently on a ventilator.

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Virginia’s vaccination effort

Virginia is getting 74,930 COVID-19 vaccine doses into arms each day on average. According to the state’s health department, more than 5.7 million doses have been administered in Virginia.

As of April 22, 27.8% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. Over 3.6 million people in the state have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.

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Local COVID-19 vaccine updates

  • All Virginians 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes as the Commonwealth moved into Phase 2 of the vaccination process Sunday, April 18. With a new phase, the state is changing the way some can schedule appointments.
  • The Chickahominy Health District is offering walk-up vaccines to residents 18 and older who still need their first dose. This is happening on Mondays and Fridays at the Ashland Clinic on Junction Drive. Walk-ins are accepted from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, walk-ins are accepted from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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COVID-19 at local universities

Virginia Commonwealth University

As of April 23, the college has reported:

  • 41 active student cases and 5 active employee cases of COVID-19.
  • 2 students are in isolation on campus.
  • 7 students are in quarantine on campus.

University of Richmond

As of April 21, here is what the college has reported:

  • 5 current active COVID-19 cases
  • March 2021 monthly positivity was 0.5%
  • 26,498 total COVID-19 tests*

*Total COVID tests are the total number of PCR or antigen tests conducted by UR or self-reported by students, faculty and staff.Last week saw highest ever level of global COVID cases over 7-day period

Local COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia

  • Charles City County: 492 cases, 15 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 26,892 cases, 413 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,661 cases, 60 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,520 cases, 67 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 3,751 cases, 83 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 16,638 cases, 256 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 2,082 cases, 42 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,413 cases, 23 deaths
  • Hanover County: 7,915 cases, 150 deaths
  • Henrico County: 24,700 cases, 597 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,464 cases, 16 deaths
  • Powhatan County: 1,866 cases, 15 deaths
  • Prince George County: 3,445 cases, 27 deaths

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