Coronavirus update: VDH changing how race, ethnicity data are presented; deaths climb to 1,583

Coronavirus

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for June 17, 2020:

The Virginia Department of Health reported 55,775 cases of COVID-19 — 53,318 confirmed and 2,457 probable — Wednesday. The death toll is now at 1,583.

Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that 7,429 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.

VDH changing how race, ethnicity data are presented

The Virginia Department of Health updated its dashboard this week to provide a more detailed look at how COVID-19 affects minority populations across the state.

The data will combine race and ethnicity into one category and will expand the number of racial identities from three to seven.

Before Monday’s changes, race data was reported as one of three categories: White, Black or African American, and Other. Ethnicity data identified individuals as either Hispanic or Latino or Not Hispanic or Latino.

Virginia will not enter “Phase 3”

Virginia will not enter Phase Three of its reopening plan at the end of the week, Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday, but some state employees will have the day off for Juneteenth after the governor announced he would propose making the day an official holiday.

Free COVID-19 testing in Richmond, Chesterfield this week

There will be free testing events throughout the city this week. Here is when and where they are happening:

  • Wednesday, June 17: 9 a.m. at Stonebridge Recreation Center, 230 Karl Linn Drive.
  • Thursday, June 18: 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. at Tuckahoe Middle School 9000 Three Chopt Rd.

The events are for people who have Medicaid or don’t have insurance, who are ages 5 and older and have flu-like symptoms. Pre-registration is highly suggested; to register call 804-205-3501(Richmond) or 804-318-8207 (Chesterfield) anytime between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

COVID-19 in Virginia

Here’s a breakdown of cases in our area:

  • Charles City County: 393 cases, 10 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 23,245 cases, 263 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,315 cases, 39 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,068 cases, 29 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 3,068 cases, 43 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 14,647 cases, 171 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 1,769 cases, 23 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,201 cases, 10 deaths
  • Hanover County: 6,578 cases, 118 deaths
  • Henrico County: 21,098 cases, 417 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,221 cases, 9 death
  • Powhatan County: 1,634 cases, 8 deaths

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