RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for August 9, 2020:
The Virginia Department of Health is reporting that the state has 100,086 total COVID-19 cases — 96,167 confirmed and 3,919 probable. This is a jump of 897 new cases since yesterday and 2,204 since Friday.
Virginia’s 7-day COVID-19 positivity rate increased slightly from 7.5% on Saturday to 7.6% today. There are also now 686 outbreaks, one more since yesterday.
According to the state health department, almost 8,370 people have been hospitalized and 2,326 people have died from the virus.
Free coronavirus testing in the Richmond
There will be free testing events throughout the Richmond area this week. Here is when and where they are happening:
- Tuesday, Aug. 11: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Broad Rock Community Center, 4615 Ferguson Lane
- Thursday, Aug. 13: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Tuckahoe Middle School, 9000 Three Chopt Road
The events on the Aug. 7, 11 and 13 are for people who are ages 5 and older and have flu-like symptoms. Pre-registration is highly suggested; to register call 804-205-3501 anytime between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Limited walk-up testing will also be offered while test supplies last.
COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia
- Charles City County: 52 cases, 5 death
- Chesterfield County: 4,362 cases, 80 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 197 cases, 21 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 272 cases, 5 death
- City of Richmond: 3,165 cases, 41 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 219 cases, 7 deaths
- Goochland County: 163 cases, 7 deaths
- Hanover County: 644 cases, 32 deaths
- Henrico County: 3,871 cases, 184 deaths
- New Kent County: 128 cases, 1 death
- Powhatan County: 147 cases, 4 deaths
- With multiple industries having faced staffing shortages and people still needing the COVID-19 vaccine, the City of Richmond partnered with several organizations to host a job fair and vaccination opportunity to the southside community.
- Virginia Department of Health reports the state is inching closer toward 50% of the population being fully vaccinatedVirginia inches toward 50% of the population being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Virginia Department of Health reported on June 12 that 47.3% of the state's population has been fully vaccinated. Just over 4.8 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
- New coronavirus infections and deaths in the U.S. are down dramatically from earlier highs, though more contagious variants are spreading. Most people are now are at least partially vaccinated, yet lingering hesitancy has slowed the pace and even caused some doses to go to waste.
- A cardiologist says these cases are very rare and represent a tiny fraction of the 130 million Americans who have been vaccinated with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine.
- Students in Petersburg have a chance to get vaccinated, and Rite Aid extends vaccination hours at stores in Richmond as 47% of the state is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
- U.S. regulators are allowing the release of about 10 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory, but many more doses can't be used and must be thrown out. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it had determined that two batches could be released from the plant, which […]
- Johnson & Johnson said Thursday that U.S. regulators extended the expiration date on millions of doses of its COVID-19 vaccine by six weeks.
- In a letter to students, University of Richmond leaders explained that the COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all students, faculty and staff.
- The COVID-19 pandemic is slowly coming to a close, but for about one-third of people who had the virus, symptoms still persist more than 12 weeks later.
- Two people on the first cruise setting sail from North America since the pandemic tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of the cruise.