Coronavirus update: Take a look at COVID-19 data in your area; GRTC hires help to clean buses


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for May 20, 2020:

The Virginia Department of Health reported 32,908 cases of COVID-19 — 31,247 confirmed and 1,661 probable — Wednesday. The death toll is now at 1,074.

Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that 4,107 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.

GRTC contracts local company to help with daily bus cleaning

GRTC said they have contracted a local cleaning company to help assist with the daily cleaning of busses.

Original Building Service, INC. was contracted by GRTC this month to help assist maintenance staff with “infecting high-touch surfaces on every bus, including seats, floors, handrails, pull-cords and the driver’s area.”

In order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, bus riders are encouraged to wear face masks. Hand sanitizer dispensers are also available on-board. GRTC said they have also installed driver shields in 31 buses.

“GRTC is currently working to retrofit the rest of the fleet with driver protective barriers,” the transit company said.

For the latest on GRTC, click here.

COVID-19 testing in Chesterfield

The Chesterfield Health Department is continuing to test residents for free. Residents who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should register for one of these free COVID-19 testing events:

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 9 a.m.

  • Ettrick Community Center
  • 20621 Woodpecker Road

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9 a.m.

  • Stonebridge Recreation Center
  • 230 Karl Linn Drive

Testing is limited. Appointments can be made by calling 804-318-8207.

Spanish-speaking staff will be present during the testing event.

Coronavirus in Virginia

How many people have been tested for and diagnosed with coronavirus in your neighborhood? New data released by the Virginia Department of Health provides some answers to that question.

VDH recently released data that breaks down COVID-19 cases and testing numbers by zip code.

Here’s a breakdown of cases in our area:

Charles City County251
Chesterfield County1,13229
City of Colonial Heights827
City of Hopewell620
City of Petersburg842
City of Richmond88820
Goochland County895
Hanover County24419
Henrico County1,339114
New Kent County261
Powhatan County260
Information from the Virginia Department of Health
Updated May 20, 2020

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