Coronavirus updates: 1,250 COVID-19 cases in Virginia, 27 deaths

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on COVID-19 for Tuesday, March 31.

The coronavirus outbreak in Virginia has claimed the lives of 27 people. Currently, there are 1,250 cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth and over 160 people hospitalized.

Every resident tested for COVID-19 at Henrico rehab center

Every single resident at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center was tested for COVID-19 on Monday, according to Dr. Danny Avula, Director for Henrico and Richmond Health districts.

Additionally, every staff member who was working during the day was tested.

Inmates, Va. Dept. of Corrections employees test positive for COVID-19

According to VADOC, three offenders at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland have tested positive for the coronavirus. Additionally, three VADOC employees and one contractor have also tested positive for COVID-19.

Chesterfield Health reports district’s 1st COVID-19 related death

The Chesterfield Health District announced their first death in the district related to COVID-19, a man in his 60s who was ill.

No additional information is being provided about the patient.

Richmond reports city’s 1st two coronavirus deaths

Two Richmond men in their 70s died from COVID-19, the Richmond Health District disclosed Tuesday, marking the first two deaths in the city linked to the virus.

The patients suffered from underlying, chronic conditions and were in the hospital before succumbing to the virus.

Bon Secours to furlough associates ‘not directly working’ on COVID-19 response

Bon Secours Mercy Health said Tuesday that they plan to furlough or redeploy members of its work force who are not aiding with the COVID-19 response or who cannot work due to temporary closures and cancellations prompted by the pandemic.

The health care system, one of the largest in the country, expects the temporary furloughs to last 30 to 90 days.

According to its own site, the health system has 48 hospitals and employs 60,000 associates, including 2,100 physicians across the U.S. There are 11,500 employees at the seven hospitals in the Bon Secours Virginia Health System, which includes four in the Richmond area and three in Hampton Roads.

Henrico rehabilitation center dealing with coronavirus outbreak confirms 7 deaths

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County confirmed Tuesday that seven of their residents have died from COVID-19.

The facility, which has struggled with an outbreak that has sickened 41 residents in total, reported two additional deaths that are believed to be linked to the virus but have yet to be confirmed. Over the past four days, the center has reported 22 new COVID-19 diagnoses.

Chesterfield will furlough more than 500 county employees

Chesterfield County plans to furlough more than 500 county employees, both part-time and full-time workers, as the area faces economic uncertainty sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision, which will go into effect on April 4, puts the employees on leave until further notice without pay. A release from the county said the employees were provided with information regarding their unemployment eligibility and six-months of health and dental benefits last week.

Virginia DMV closure extended until at least April 27

The DMV announced this morning that their office closures have been extended until April 27. Driver and vehicle credentials that expire between March 15 and May 15 have been extended for 60 days. CDLs have also been extended, the DMV said in a tweet.

People who need to take the knowledge exam to apply for a Virginia learner’s permit have to wait until the DMV reopens.

3 more residents die at Henrico rehabilitation center dealing with coronavirus outbreak

Three more residents of Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County, a center that has already confirmed eight COVID-19 fatalities, have died.

Richmond and Henrico Health District Director Dr. Danny Avula said two of the deaths are not COVID-19 related. Test results are pending for the third resident.

More coronavirus developments:

Northam issues stay-at-home order for Virginia as coronavirus cases top 1,000

In Monday’s press conference, Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order. The governor did not hold back, he called out Virginians who were out and about this weekend and not following social distancing guidelines.

“I will remind those folks that you are being very, very selfish because you are putting all of us, especially our healthcare providers at risk,” Northam said.

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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