Coronavirus updates: Henrico nursing facility reports 17th death; Northam imposes hiring freeze; Chesterfield inmate tests positive


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on COVID-19 for Friday, April 3.

The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 2,012 confirmed cases of coronavirus. 312 people have been hospitalized and 46 Virginians have died from COVID-19.

Latest coronavirus headlines:

Masonic Home of Virginia resident dies from COVID-19

A resident at a Henrico retirement community has died from COVID-19, the director of the county’s health district told 8News on Friday.

Dr. Danny Avula, the director of Henrico County’s and Richmond’s health districts, confirmed that a woman in her 90s living at the Masonic Home of Virginia died from coronavirus complications.

Canterbury reports another COVID-19 death

Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Henrico County disclosed Friday that another resident has died due to COVID-19. The nursing facility has struggled with a coronavirus outbreak that has now killed at least 17 people and sickened more than a 100 residents and staff members.

According to an email from the facility, there are 91 in house or hospitalized residents who have already tested positive for the virus. Test results for 25 health care workers at the center have also come back positive.

Canterbury’s administrator, Jeremiah Davis, admitted the nursing facility has had trouble getting personal protective equipment for their staff during the crisis. Read more here.

Midlothian senior living facility confirmed 4 COVID-19 cases

The Spring Arbor of Salisbury senior living facility in Midlothian has confirmed four residents have tested positive for coronavirus.

In a statement the facility says, “Our team is working closely with the Chesterfield County Health Department and continues to enforce strict procedures at the community in coordination with the Health Department.”

The community is also taking extra measures to try and stop the spread of the virus. Any staff who may be sick must stay home. Also staff is taking the temperature of residents and listening to their lungs daily.

Chickahominy Health District confirms 1st coronavirus death

A woman in her 80s is the first coronavirus related death in the Chickahominy Health District, according to district.

The woman lived in the district, which includes Charles City, Goochland County, Hanover County and New Kent County. No other information was provided about the patient.

Imperial Plaza resident tests positive for COVID-19

A resident at Imperial Plaza, an assisted living facility in Richmond, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to an email sent to residents and family members.

Imperial Plaza did not provide any details about the individual who tested positive, but did confirm that they are not on the campus at this time.

“Please know that we have fully investigated and took immediate action when we were notified. From the information we received, we do not believe the individual utilized any of the Imperial Plaza amenities including dining, transportation, activities, or personalized living services,” the email said.

Female inmate at Chesterfield correctional facility tests positive for COVID-19

A female incarcerated at the Central Virginia Correctional Unit 13 in Chesterfield tested positive for coronavirus.

“The Virginia DOC, with about 30,000 incarcerated offenders, now has a total of four inmates with COVID-19.” VADOC said in a release.

On Tuesday, the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland said three inmates tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Four VADOC employees and one contrator have also tested positive for the virus.

The state’s correctional facilities said they are following CDC and VDH guidelines. Anyone who enters any VADOC facility is being screened using forehead thermometers. Visitations are cancelled.

Woman living in Chesterfield Health District dies from coronavirus

A woman in her 40s died from the coronavirus, the Chickahominy Health District reported Thursday. The district shared the news as its first death related to COVID-19 but quickly issued a correction stating that the woman did not live in the district.

On Friday, a spokeswoman for the district confirmed that the woman who passed away was a resident of the Chesterfield health District.

Richmond launches COVID-19 resource and donation website

The City of Richmond launched RVAStrong, a website dedicated to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, on Friday.

“We designed this centralized relief site as a place where those who need help can get it, and those who want to help can offer it,” Mayor Levar Stoney said in statement. The city shared six features in the site for visitors to use:

  • Explore causes close to their heart, such as housing stability, food security, or families and neighborhoods. Then, they will be able to navigate to a page with donation links and safe volunteer opportunities.
  • Identify a need, such as “I need housing support,” or “I need income support,” and be directed toward nonprofit, city, and individual efforts to meet those needs.
  • Propose resource or content to add.
  • Tell a COVID-19 isolation story that the city or mayor will share to build a sense of virtual community, if the user gives permission.
  • Sign up to receive the COVID-19 Public Briefing, which includes timely updates and links to city resources, via email.
  • Donate to the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund, coordinated by the Community Foundation

“Richmond is city defined by its resilience. We’ll get through this, but we have to support each other. The city hopes to facilitate that through centralizing resources and amplifying the good work already being done,” the mayor’s statement continued.

Virginia to give homeless people temporary housing during COVID-19 crisis

Governor Ralph Northam announced Friday that $2.5 million from Virginia’s emergency funding will go towards providing the state’s homeless population with temporary housing during the COVID-19 crisis.

“With this funding, we will ensure people experiencing homelessness have access to immediate housing options and help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Northam said in a release.

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development along with the Virginia Department of Health have provided shelters with guidance on how to serve the homeless population during this public health crisis.

Gov. Northam intends to use part of the funding to provide housing for people in homeless shelters that may need to be quarantined or where social distancing is not possible. Learn more here.

More coronavirus developments:

Levar Stoney writes Gov. Northam a letter regarding rent payments

Mayor Levar Stoney tweeted a letter he wrote Gov. Northam asking him to explore forbearance programs like the ones in California and New Jersey.

Mayor Stoney said in his letter that he will start talking with finance and banking leaders in Richmond to find solutions for RVA’s community.

“It is crucial to encourage banks to protect Virginians and we can even go further by encouraging landlord to protect the financial well-being of their tenants,” Stoney wrote.

16 dead in coronavirus outbreak at Henrico rehab facility

A Henrico rehab facility struggling with a coronavirus outbreak said that Thursday that 92 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. 16 residents have died.

Health officials said despite their best efforts, they are still seeing a significant spread at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center.

Director of Richmond and Henrico Health Districts, Dr. Danny Avula said the lack of personal protective equipment for staff has been a challenge.

“We’re dealing with an enemy here in COVID-19 that is extremely difficult to identify, extremely difficult to control,” Dr. Avula said.

Henrico County has 205 cases of COVID-19, more than have of them come from the center.

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.

Stay with 8News for updates.

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