RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia reported 2,348 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the third highest daily total to date in the commonwealth. The record for a one-day increase was set this week when 2,677 cases were reported on Monday followed by 2,544 on Friday.
According to new data provided by the Virginia Department of Health, 3,938 people in the commonwealth have died due to the virus and more than 14,000 hospitalizations have been investigated by VDH.
The commonwealth has reported 215,679 total cases since the pandemic hit in mid-March.
As cases climb in Virginia and across the country, Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech announced plans Friday to file for emergency authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine to be used in the U.S. The companies said Thursday that the vaccine appears to be 95% effective.
COVID-19 AT LOCAL UNIVERSITIES
As of Nov. 19, the university has reported:
- 19 active student cases and 11 active employee cases of COVID-19.
- 7 students in isolation on campus.
- 21 students are in quarantine on campus.
As of Nov. 18, here is what the university has reported:
- 81 total cases and 28 active cases of COVID-19.
- The university said the monthly testing positivity rate for October is 1.2%
The university’s dashboard as of Nov. 20, shows that:
- 35 total (students and employees) active cases.
- 1,618 people have recovered from the virus since July.
- Read about one JMU student’s experience with COVID-19 here.
LOCAL COVID-19 CASES
- Charles City County: 138 cases, 5 death
- Chesterfield County: 8,540 cases, 127 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 374 cases, 26 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 580 cases, 9 deaths
- City of Richmond: 6,268 cases, 80 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 622 cases, 13 deaths
- Goochland County: 392 cases, 7 deaths
- Hanover County: 2,163 cases, 49 deaths
- Henrico County: 7,683 cases, 242 deaths
- New Kent County: 351 cases, 4 death
- Powhatan County: 400 cases, 6 deaths
- President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks on the country's vaccination program as his goal to have 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4 nears.
- Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said earlier this week she expects the delta variant to become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States.
- Nearly 60 percent of the adult population in Henrico and Chesterfield Counties have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, whereas Richmond has yet to break 50 percent, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
- Lesser-known Virginia mask ban returns July 1, Governor Northam expects residents won't face chargesA lesser-known Virginia law banning face masks in order to conceal someone's identity returns next month, prompting Gov. Northam to clarify how it may be enforced with COVID-19 still present.
- With more than 600,000 Americans dead of COVID-19 and questions still raging about the origin of the virus and the government's response, a push is underway for a full-blown investigation of the crisis by a national commission like the one that looked into 9/11.
- The dip in immunizations for children has alarmed health officials and pediatricians across the country about possible outbreaks of preventable diseases, such as measles and mumps.
- Almost 60 percent of adults in the commonwealth have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
- It's likely safe and effective, but researchers are still gathering data to be sure.
- A Kentucky medical center is working with a local McDonald's to help vaccinate restaurant workers.
- The report indicated that just under 19% of all asymptomatic COVID-19 patients began to exhibit “persistent or new symptoms” 30 days or more after their initial positive diagnosis.