Coronavirus updates: Online dashboard gives latest on hospitalizations as confirmed cases in Virginia approach 3,000

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RICHMOND Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Health Department reported 2,878 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, an increase of 241 new cases since yesterday.

The VDH added as of Monday morning, 497 people are in the hospital as a result of the virus and 54 people have died.

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Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center resident tests positive for COVID-19

A Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center resident is recovering after testing positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. The resident, who was exhibiting symptoms on last Friday, is already asymptomatic and recovering in the center’s central infirmary.

First Colonial Heights resident ill with coronavirus

The Chesterfield Health District announced Monday that a Colonial Heights resident in their 50s has tested positive for COVID-19.

It’s the first case of coronavirus recorded in Colonial Heights, health officials added. The patient did not require hospitalization and is self-isolating at home.

Death toll at Canterbury reaches 28 after 8 additional deaths reported

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center disclosed Monday that eight additional residents have died of the novel coronavirus, putting the center’s death toll from the virus at 28.

The long-term care facility in Henrico County has struggled with an outbreak that has now killed at least 28 residents and sickened hundreds.

“It is with heavy hearts that Canterbury reports the virus has claimed the lives of 28 COVID-19 positive patients,” Jeremiah Davis, Canterbury’s administrator, said Monday.

According to Davis, the ages of the residents who have died range from 56 to 98 years old.

GRTC employee tests positive for COVID-19

A GRTC office employee tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering at home, according to a press release from GRTC Transit System.

The employee has not been in GRTC facilities or vehicles since Friday, March 27. It is believed that the GRTC employee contracted COVID-19 from a relative.

Online dashboard gives latest update on Virginia’s hospitalizations, supplies and capacity

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association launched an online dashboard that shows there are more than 1,100 people in the state — who either have COVID-19 or suspecting of having the virus — in the hospital as of Monday.

The total number, according to the dashboard, is 1,194. This figure does not match up with the Virginia Department of Health’s tracker, which closes out at 5 p.m. the day before it’s posted.

The dashboard reports there are 538 hospitalized patients who have tested positive for the virus and 656 in the hospital whose test results are still pending. Nearly 400 of those patients are currently in the ICU, with 285 on a ventilator.

Dinwiddie County woman in her 30s in hospital with coronavirus

The Crater Health District disclosed Monday that a Dinwiddie woman in her 30s has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first case in the county. The district said the woman has required hospitalization due to the virus.

“We continue to collaborate with our city, county and community partners to respond to cases throughout the Crater Health District. We are monitoring patient updates and identifying their close contacts,” said Crater Health District Director Alton Hart, Jr., MD, MPH.

“The health department carries out in-depth interviews with confirmed cases and works with our healthcare partners in efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community and across the Commonwealth.”

West Creek Emergency Center to temporarily suspend services

Emergency services at West Creek Emergency Center will be suspended temporarily, HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital announced Monday, to help other facilities in its network that are in greater need of supplies and assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

West Creek will begin suspending its emergency services Wednesday at 7 a.m., allowing it to deploy its key clinical staff and physicians, along with personal protective equipment, to other facilities in the HCA Virginia system.

Fredericksburg Football Club coach dies of coronavirus at 54

The Rappahannock Area Health District said Monday that a Spotsylvania County man in his 50s has died from coronavirus, marking the district’s second COVID-19-related death.

“We are saddened by the news that Spotsylvania has lost another member of our community to complications of COVID-19 and we would like to offer our deepest sympathies to his family and friends during this time of intense grief and sorrow,” Battlefield District Supervisor Chris Yakabouski of the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors said in a statement.

The Fredericksburg Football Club identified the man as 54-year-old Peter Armatis, a coach and board member with the club.

“Any loss to our community is devastating, but it is especially tragic to lose an individual who positively impacted many young lives through his dedication to coaching youth soccer. Our hearts go out to the entire Fredericksburg Football Club family,” Yakabouski’s statement continued.

Virginia ABC to let distilleries directly ship spirits to consumers

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Authority will permit distilleries to directly ship spirits to in-state customers to mitigate some of the economic pressure caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a release Monday, ABC said it has extended privileges for the more than 45 distillers in Virginia with ABC distillery store agreements.

“Virginia distilleries contribute to the economic vitality of the commonwealth and it’s important that they have some flexibility in how they are able to provide their products to consumers while their tasting rooms are closed,” Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill said in a statement.

Find more, including the list of more than 45 Virginia distillers that can take part, here.

Richmond-based convenience store owner and operator to install plastic shields at stores

GPM Investments, a Richmond-based convenience store owner and operator, will begin to install plastic shields at its stores “to protect customers and associates during this unprecedented time,” the company said in a release Monday.

GPM Investments’ stores include Fas-Mart, Scotchman, Village Pantry and more.

“As a company, we are dedicated to prioritizing the health and safety of everyone who enters our stores,” CEO of GPM Investments Arie Kotler said in a statement. “I personally want to thank our front-line associates for their efforts during this challenging time. I am grateful for everything they do. They are heroes.”

The company shared additional measures that will be put in place at its stores across Virginia:

  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces
  • Emphasis on routine washing and sanitizing hands
  • Providing disposable gloves for store employees to wear
  • Practicing social distancing inside the store
  • Closure of dine in areas in foodservice stores
  • Suspension of refillable cups and mugs
  • Allowing contact-free merchandise deliveries whenever possible

3 new COVID-19 deaths at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center bringing the death toll to 20

Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center reported three new deaths as a result of the coronavirus Sunday, bringing the death toll at the facility up to 20 people.

They long-term facility said 93 residents had tested positive for the coronavirus and 35 tested negative. These new numbers come after the center announced they were testing all patients.

Twenty-five staff members have tested positive for the virus so far, but additional test results are still pending.

13 confirmed cases of inmates with the coronavirus in Virginia state facilities

The Virginia Department of Corrections announced on Saturday that 13 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in its correctional facilities. Five officers have also tested positive for the virus.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Central Virginia Correctional Unit #13: 6 inmates
  • Indian Creek Correctional Center: 1 officer
  • Stat Farm Correctional Center: 1 officer
  • Virginia Correctional Center for Women: 6 inmates, 2 officers
  • Probation & Patrol Easter Region: 1 officer
  • Community Hospital Patients: 1 inmate

Its website said the Virginia DOC is screening all inmates who meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing. VADOC is also screening offenders who have finished their sentences and are being released.

The VDH suggests multiple ways to help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • 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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