Coronavirus update: Richmond reports 46 new COVID-19 cases


Rectangles designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San Francisco’s Civic Center on Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for May 22, 2020:

The Virginia Department of Health reported 34,950 cases of COVID-19 — 33,208 confirmed and 1,742 probable — Friday. The death toll is now at 1,136.

Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that nearly 5,000 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.

Many in US won’t return to gym or dining out, poll says

Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing businesses to reopen, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

That hesitancy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in U.S. history. Just 42% of those who went to concerts, movies, theaters or sporting events at least monthly before the outbreak say they’d do so in the next few weeks if they could. Only about half of those who regularly went to restaurants, exercised at the gym or traveled would feel comfortable doing so again.

Large-scale COVID-19 testing event in Petersburg this weekend

Petersburg residents interested in getting tested for COVID-19 can do so this coming Saturday.

The Crater Health District will host a coronavirus testing event from 9 a.m. through noon on Saturday, May 23 at the Petersburg Sports Complex, located at 100 Ballpark Road. Testing will be conducted by appointment only to facilitate safety and social distancing.

Those with symptoms related to COVID-19 must call (804) 863-1652, option 1 for a prescreening interview.

Testing at Eastlawn Shopping Center

There will be free COVID-19 testing at the Eastlawn Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you are showing signs of COVID-19, call the Richmond and Henrico Health Department at 804-205-3501 and schedule an appointment time.

COVID_19 in Virginia

Here’s a breakdown of cases in our area:


  • Charles City County: 27 cases, 1 death
  • Chesterfield County: 1,568 cases, 35 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 96 cases, 17 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 92 cases, 1 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 138 cases, 3 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 1,397 cases, 25 deaths
  • Goochland County: 99 cases, 6 deaths
  • Hanover County: 327 cases, 24 deaths
  • Henrico County: 1,858 cases, 134 deaths
  • New Kent County: 36 cases, 1 death
  • Powhatan County: 35 cases, 0 deaths

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.

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