RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for June 29, 2020:
The Virginia Department of Health reported 62,189 cases of COVID-19 — 59,522 confirmed and 2,667 probable — Monday. The death toll is now at 1,740.
Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that 8,023 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.
Free GRTC rides during COVID-19
Bus rides will remain free for GRTC riders for an indefinite amount of time, according to the company’s adopted budget for the next fiscal year.
The transit agency first suspended all on-board fare collections in mid-march to limit contact during the pandemic.
CEO Julie Timm said with the uncertainty of the coronavirus, it makes sense to keep fares suspended.
Virginia entering Phase 3 this week
At a press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced that the commonwealth would start Phase Three of the reopening process on July 1, more than three weeks after most of the state began ‘Phase Two.’
Some of the major changes include increasing the cap on social gatherings to 250 people. Retailers, restaurants and bars will be able to lift capacity limits entirely. Plus, more people will be allowed in entertainment venues and gyms.
Zip code data shows which local neighborhoods have the most confirmed COVID-19 cases
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.
The data also shows testing encounters based on zip code.
Interested in learning how many COVID-19 cases and completed tests are reported by your zip code? You can use VDH’s interactive map to plug in your zip code or scroll over your neighborhood to find out. The VDH updates the data daily.
COVID-19 in Virginia
Here’s a breakdown of cases in your 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
- The Virginia Department of Health announced on Wednesday that several new pharmacy networks have been added to a federal partnership that will bring an additional 52,000 vaccines to Virginia this week.
- The Virginia Department of Health announced the first case of the U.K. COVID-19 variant was identified in an adult resident of Central Virginia.
- 'I thought I was good to go': Mechanicsville nurse frustrated after vaccine registration seems to fall through the cracksOne Mechanicsville nurse is frustrated after it took two months to get registered for the COVID-19 vaccine.
- An official source has told 8News that 10 volunteer firefighters from the Blackstone Fire Department have tested positive for the virus. This means one fifth of the department has COVID-19.
- The percentage of people in the state who have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is 13.5%.
- President Joe Biden's administration announced a new effort Wednesday to deliver 25 million free, American-made masks to those in need across the country.
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff say Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine appeared safe and effective in trials, paving the way for its approval for emergency use.
- The Crater Health District is looking for volunteers to help with an upcoming vaccine distribution event.
- From coast to coast, states are scrambling to catch up on vaccinations a week after winter storms battered a large swath of the U.S. and led to clinic closures, canceled appointments and shipment backlogs nationwide.
- Fire chief Dion Tomer said due to the recent winter storms, many members spent several days and overnights in the station to respond quickly to service calls. Now, 8 out of its 50 members have tested positive for the coronavirus.