RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for June 1, 2020:
The Virginia Department of Health reported 45,398 cases of COVID-19 — 43,247 confirmed and 2,151 probable — Monday. The death toll is now at 1,392.
Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that 5,899 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.
24 people die from COVID-19 in RVA
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney is declaring June 1 as a ‘Day of Mourning and Lament’ in the city after COVID-19 claims the lives of 24 Richmonders.
17 of the 24 people who died were black, Stoney said in his proclamation. The mayor also said that given social distancing guidelines many have not had the time or space to mourn and remember those whose lives were taken.
At noon, Stoney asks that all Richmond residents take a moment to pause, reflect, pray, mourn and honor all of those the city has lost.
Take this day to mourn the 24 Richmonders we have lost to COVID-19 and comfort those family members and friends they have left behind. We must use this pain to move forward, targeting the injustices this pandemic has highlighted. #RVAStrong pic.twitter.com/C6juBOTTTE— Levar M. Stoney (@LevarStoney) June 1, 2020
Protests reducing COVID-19 testing, could be ‘giving the virus another head start’
Protests erupting across the nation over the past week — and law enforcement’s response to them — are threatening to upend efforts by health officials to track and contain the spread of coronavirus just as those efforts were finally getting underway.
Health experts need newly infected people to remember and recount everyone they’ve interacted with over several days in order to alert others who may have been exposed, and prevent them from spreading the disease further. But that process, known as contact tracing, relies on people knowing who they’ve been in contact with — a daunting task if they’ve been to a mass gathering.
Testing site in Richmond canceled
The COVID-19 community testing site scheduled for today has been canceled, the Richmond Health Department said. Anyone with an appointment can attend the testing site on Tuesday, June 2.
If you need to reschedule, you can call (804)-205-3501.
COVID-19 in Virginia
Here’s a breakdown of numbers in our area:
- Charles City County: 410 cases, 12 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 23,812 cases, 356 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 1,386 cases, 46 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 2,145 cases, 54 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 3,220 cases, 64 deaths
- City of Richmond: 14,971 cases, 214 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,825 cases, 33 deaths
- Goochland County: 1,225 cases, 17 deaths
- Hanover County: 6,782 cases, 138 deaths
- Henrico County: 21,639cases, 537 deaths
- New Kent County: 1,258 cases, 12 death
- Powhatan County: 1,661 cases, 10 deaths
- Some Virginia residents are raising concerns about COVID-19 vaccination scheduling. They told 8News, they're worried that there could be a potential to miss an opportunity for an appointment, as the Department of Health is reaching out through unknown numbers.
- Some New York lawmakers are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's impeachment after reports late Thursday that his top aides altered a state Health Department report to omit the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state's nursing homes.
- A total of 763,439 people have been fully vaccinated in Virginia. According to the most recent Census data, there are 8,535,519 people living in the state.
- Health experts are trying to determine how effective the COVID-19 vaccine is at stopping the spread of the virus.
- A family is grieving a loss as painful as it is surprising. They believe 48-year-old father Ben Price took his own life after developing a rare and little understood phenomenon called "COVID psychosis."
- The Crater Health District will now be holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Virginia State University. The first clinic will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the VSU Multi-Purpose Center.
- Some people are now scouring the internet on the hunt for vaccine events and possible extra doses. They then show up at local pharmacies hoping to score a shot.
- The report links obesity with a series of health complications related to COVID-19. It found that increased bodyweight "is the second greatest predictor of hospitalization and a high risk of death for people suffering from COVID-19."
- Physicians nationwide have noticed the COVID-19 vaccine can cause swollen lymph nodes that mammograms are picking up, said a Louisiana radiologist.
- The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that a child in Central Virginia died from complications of a chronic health condition and COVID-19.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.