Coronavirus update: CVS opens new drive-thru testing sites in Virginia; 342 COVID-19 outbreaks reported


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for May 28, 2020:

The Virginia Department of Health reported 41,401 cases of COVID-19 — 39,393 confirmed and 2,008 probable — Thursday. The death toll is now at 1,338.

The health department said Virginia has a total of 342 COVID-19 outbreaks. That’s 12 new outbreaks since Wednesday.

Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that 5,472 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.

CVS opens 39 drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Virginia

CVS Health will open 39 new drive-thru coronavirus testing sites Friday across Virginia.

According to the company, the self-swab tests are free — the tests are covered under a program funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. CVS will be accepting insurance at the drive-thru test sites.

Since the end of April, the company has been committed to establishing 1,000 testing locations across the country.

“CVS Health has been at the forefront of helping our nation scale-up COVID-19 testing capabilities, and we’re proud to meet our goal of establishing 1,000 testing sites in communities across the country,” President and CEO, CVS Health Larry J. Merlo said.

Governor Northam said he appreciates CVS for stepping up and helping Virginia residents.

“I appreciate CVS stepping up to help more Virginians get access to testing–at no cost, even if you don’t have insurance. These 39 sites are an important part of Virginia’s testing plan,” Northam said.

Self-swab tests will be available for people who meet the criteria issued by the CDC and the state. To get a test you must register in advance at and schedule an appointment.

New Virginia testing sites in our area include:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 13180 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
  • CVS Pharmacy, 8820 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23294
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5001 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
  • CVS Pharmacy, 8811 Forest Hill Road, Richmond, VA 23235
  • CVS Pharmacy, 5001 Forest Hills Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3001 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, VA 23233
  • CVS Pharmacy, 8121 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23236
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1205 N. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23223

People will be required to stay in their cars during the duration of the test. At the pharmacy drive-thru window, patients will be given the test and specific instructions. A CVS Pharmacy member will make sure the test is done properly.

Test results will be available in approximately three days, CVS said.

For more information, click here. Those interested in registering for a test can click here.

How COVID-19 is impacting summer classes at local colleges

 As Richmond gets ready to reopen Friday, colleges in the city are starting to make decisions about summer and fall classes.

Both VCU and the University of Richmond said they are committed to opening for fall classes, but only if there is a safe way to do so.

US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 milestone

The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths.

That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korea wars combined.

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed over 350,000, with the U.S. having the most confirmed cases and deaths by far, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Europe has recorded about 170,000 deaths, while the U.S. reached more than 100,000 in less than four months.

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