RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With the holiday season coming to a close, Virginia is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s positivity rate to 12.7 percent.
In total, the commonwealth has 344,345 cases and 4,984 COVID-19 deaths. Cases increased by 4,048 since the last reporting on Tuesday.
According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s dashboard, there are 2,563 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have test results that are pending. Of those patients, 526 are in the ICU and 321 are on a ventilator.
The VHHA’s dashboard also says that the ICU occupancy rate, which was 67 percent last year, is currently at 78 percent. Overall, nearly 30,000 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital in Virginia.
VDH has also set up a new COVID-19 vaccine dashboard which includes a summary of vaccinations and demographics.
As of Wednesday, a total of 47,052 doses have been administered.
Just this week, vaccinations began in Virginia’s long-term care facilities following the roll out with vaccinating health care workers.
TESTING LOCATIONS NEAR YOU
- Wednesday, Dec. 30 – 10 a.m. to noon. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road
- Thursday, Dec. 31 – 10 a.m. to noon. Walmsley United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd.
- Wednesday, Dec. 30 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Prince George Central Wellness Center, 11023 Prince George Drive.
- Wednesday, Dec. 30 – 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pathways, 7 East Old Street.
To find a test near you, click here.
LOCAL COVID-19 CASES
- Charles City County: 276 cases, 9 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 15,425 cases, 191 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 758 cases, 30 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 1,158 cases, 12 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 1,811 cases, 35 deaths
- City of Richmond: 10,915 cases, 118 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,153 cases, 17 deaths
- Goochland County: 814 cases, 7 deaths
- Hanover County: 4,921 cases, 83 deaths
- Henrico County: 15,231 cases, 313 deaths
- New Kent County: 843 cases, 7 death
- Powhatan County: 1,086 cases, 6 deaths
- As vaccinations continue across the U.S., some companies are offering financial incentives to encourage their workers to get the shots.
- Henrico County Public Schools announced plans to begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine to staff next week
- Richmond City Councilwoman voices hesitancy about COVID-19 vaccine, health experts address skepticism in U.S.Richmond City Councilwoman Ann-Frances Lambert is receiving some backlash online after she tweeted about her hesitancy to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Hanover County announced it has plans to create and expand new COVID-19 clinics as Central Virginia prepares to enter Phase 1b.
- It won't be long before Richmond Public Schools teachers and staff are lined up to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras announced on Thursday that employees would start receiving vaccine registration links that same day.
- More than 70% of Virginians likely to get COVID-19 vaccine and 64% back mask mandate, VCU poll findsA statewide poll released Thursday by Virginia Commonwealth University found that more than 70% of Virginians say they are now likely to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a 13% increase from September, and 64% back a federal-level mask mandate.
- The Virginia Department of Health has expanded its partnership with Walgreens to offer Abbott BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 antigen testing from four to fifteen stores.
- For COVID to become more similiar to a common cold, herd immunity is required, which can be achieved when large swaths of the population contract the virus or are vaccinated against it. The latter scenario would involve far fewer lives lost.
- The rapid expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots.
- Gov. Ralph Northam is holding a press conference today at 2 p.m. where he is expected to give an update on COVID-19 vaccinations, guidance for k-12 schools and security measures in advance of the Presidential Inauguration.