VIRGINIA (WRIC) — The number of new cases in Virginia started dropping in January. As the state’s vaccine eligibility expanded, fewer COVID-19 cases have been reported. For the last two weeks, new cases have not exceeded 1,000.
Earlier this morning, Governor Ralph Northam said the state’s seven-day average is the lowest it’s been since October.
“Vaccines are working. They’re helping reduce the spread of this disease,” he said during a news briefing. “Fewer people are getting sick, fewer people are going into the hospital and fewer people are now spending time together.”
Today, the Virginia Department of Health reported 856 new COVID-19 cases. Since the pandemic started last year there’ve been 664,394 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, with 10,861 deaths.
Here’s a breakdown of local cases in our area:
- Charles City County: 501 cases, 16 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 27,825 cases, 431 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 1,708 cases, 61 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 2,593 cases, 75 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 3,879 cases, 86 deaths
- City of Richmond: 17,011 cases, 266 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 2,126 cases, 44 deaths
- Goochland County: 1,451 cases, 23 deaths
- Hanover County: 8,139 cases, 158 deaths
- Henrico County: 25,367 cases, 612 deaths
- New Kent County: 1,499 cases, 18 deaths
- Powhatan County: 1,911 cases, 17 deaths
Local COVID-19 updates
Virginia Union University and the Richmond and Henrico Health District have partnered for a walk-up Pfizer vaccine clinic.
The clinic will take place on Fridays over the new few weeks:
- 1st dose on May 7th, 2nd dose on May 28
- 1st dose on May 14th, 2nd dose on June 4
- 1st dose on May 28th, 2nd dose on June 11
Registration is not required. All events will be held from 11:00am-3:00pm.
COVID-19 cases at local universities
Local universities have seen a slight increase in cases over the last couple of weeks. However, with more students and staff being vaccinated, some schools like VCU have started to relax their COVID-19 guidelines.
As of May 5, the college has reported:
- 33 active student cases and 2 active employee cases of COVID-19.
- 4 students are in isolation on campus.
- 3 students are in quarantine on campus.
As of May 6, here is what the college has reported:
- 0 current active COVID-19 cases
- April 2021 monthly positivity was 0.4%
- 28,451 total COVID-19 tests*
*Total COVID tests are the total number of PCR or antigen tests conducted by UR or self-reported by students, faculty and staff.