RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic focusing on Virginia for Jan. 8, 2021:
The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 5,238 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 387,917. The death toll is now at 5,312.
Virginia’s positivity rate is high at 16.7 percent.
According to the Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association, 32,595 COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital. Currently, there are 2,693 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have pending test results. Of those patients, 547 are in the ICU and 366 are on a ventilator.
VDH is reporting that 148,909 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Jan. 8, with a total of 481,550 vaccine doses distributed.
TESTING LOCATIONS NEAR YOU
- Mondays: Jan. 11, 18 and 25 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road.
- Wednesdays: Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road.
- Saturdays: Jan. 9 and 23 – 10 a.m. to noon. Chesterfield Health Department, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle
- Thursday, Jan. 7 — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue.
- Friday, Jan. 8 — 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Henrico Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Avenue.
- Tuesday, Jan. 12 — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Henrico Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Avenue.
- Thursday, Jan. 14 — 1 to 3 p.m. Broad Rock Community Center, 4615 Ferguson Lane.
- Friday, Jan. 15 — 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Henrico Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Avenue.
CALL COVID-19 HOTLINE TO REGISTER
Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except major holidays. Click here to find a test near you.
COVID-19 at local universities
As of Jan. 8, the college has reported:
- 18 active student cases and 816 active employee cases of COVID-19.
- 1 students are in isolation on campus.
- 1 student is in quarantine on campus.
As of Jan. 6, here is what the college has reported:
- 138 total cases and 7 active cases of COVID-19.
- 9,483 total COVID-19 tests
- Total positivity rate at 1.3 percent
The university’s dashboard as of Jan. 8 shows that:
- 14 total (students and employees) active cases.
- 1,755 people have recovered from the virus since July.
- Read about one JMU student’s experience with COVID-19 here.
COVID-19 Cases in Central Virginia
Henrico county had the largest new increase of cases in the area, reporting 226 since yesterday — this is the second highest increase the locality has seen since the pandemic began. The second highest was Chesterfield County, which reported 145 new cases.
Richmond has reached more than 10,000 cases of COVID-19, reporting 135 new cases in the last 24 hours.
- Charles City County: 230 cases, 8 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 14,287 cases, 182 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 715 cases, 29 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 1,042 cases, 11 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 1,627 cases, 34 deaths
- City of Richmond: 10,134 cases, 101 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,015 cases, 16 deaths
- Goochland County: 688 cases, 7 deaths
- Hanover County: 4,405 cases, 79 deaths
- Henrico County: 13,983 cases, 299 deaths
- New Kent County: 760 cases, 6 death
- Powhatan County: 959 cases, 6 deaths
- As of April 10, more than 4.6 million doses have been given out and 1.7 million people are fully vaccinated. Over three million Virginians have received at least one dose of a vaccine.
- As COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands, women who are breastfeeding may have questions about the impacts the shot will have on their bodies and their babies. Pediatrician and medical director of the mother infant unit at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Dr. Tiffany Kimbrough spoke with 8News about whether breastfeeding women should be vaccinated, […]
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to help families burdened with funeral costs for loved ones who died of COVID-19. The applications for these funds have not even opened yet and scammers are already trying to contact people.
- Pfizer and BioNTech requested Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grant emergency use approval to start administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 15.
- Virginia will receive 14,800 doses of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine next week, a significant drop from the last shipment that the state's vaccine coordinator believes could initially limit the number of appointments local health districts can schedule as they move to expand eligibility to all adults.
- A judge in Jacksonville on Thursday also ordered Debra Hunter to pay a $500 fine, serve six months probation and participate in a mental health evaluation along with anger management
- With nearly 20 percent of the state's population fully vaccinated and several health districts already in Phase 2, Virginia appears to be on track to meet Gov. Northam's timeline of making people 16 and over eligible by April 18.
- New Kent announced on Friday that is people 50-years-old who live and work in the County can now get their COVID-19 vaccine without an appointment.
- Richmond area health districts moving into Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccinations: 'It's a really empowering feeling'The Richmond and Henrico, Chesterfield and Chickahominy Health Districts announced on Friday that they are all moving into Phase 2 of their COVID-19 vaccinations. This means anyone 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine.
- Nations around the world set new records Thursday for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease increased even in some countries that have kept the virus in check. In the United States, Michigan has averaged more than 7,000 new cases a day.