Coronavirus updates: Richmond confirms 3rd death; 1,484 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 34 dead

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on COVID-19 for Wednesday, April 1.

The Virginia Department of Health released new COVID-19 numbers this morning. Virginia has 1,484 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 34 deaths.

The statewide number of confirmed cases increased by 234 since Tuesday. The number of patients hospitalized passed 200.

Richmond confirms 3rd coronavirus death

Dr. Danny Avula, the director of the Richmond Health District, told 8News that a Richmond woman in her 90s died from COVID-19. The death marks the third in the city.

The patient had underlying health conditions and was in the hospital until she succumbed to the virus, Avula said.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden announces massive layoffs

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden announced that it has reduced its work force by 83% due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The garden has been unable to earn income, which accounts for more than 65% of its annual operating budget, since its closure on March 15. In a message sent out Tuesday, Lewis Ginter said the garden’s endowment will help provide stability but “only for limited operations.”

Rappahannock Area Health District announces 1st coronavirus death

A man in his 60s is the first coronavirus death confirmed by the Virginia Department of Health’s Rappahannock Area Health District.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family,” Rappahannock Area Health District Acting Director Dr. Donald Stern said in a statement. “This is a sad reminder that COVID-19 can be a serious illness. It is vital that we take all precautions to limit the spread of this virus to protect ourselves and those around us from illness.”

Hanover bans use of athletic fields in wake of Northam’s stay-at-home order

Hanover County Parks and Recreation banned the use of athletic fields, picnic shelters, historic sites, Pole Green Park skate park and park playgrounds on Wednesday. The department also canceled all programs and activities sponsored by Parks & Recreation through May 17.

County parks, including open spaces, trails and dog parks, will remain open but the amenities in these areas will not be sanitized, a release from Hanover County said.

More coronavirus developments:

Here are some tips from VDH on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.

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