Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 claims the lives of 41 Virginians; employee at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center tested positive for COVID-19


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on COVID-19 for Thursday, April 2.

The Virginia Department of Health reported 222 more COVID-19 cases since Wednesday, putting the state’s total at 1,706.

Gov. Ralph Northam said during Wednesday’s press briefing that Virginia could see a surge in cases in late April or May.

There are currently 246 people hospitalized and 41 confirmed deaths, according to VDH. Over 17,500 Virginians have been tested for the virus.

Henrico rehabilitation center reports 16 coronavirus deaths, 92 residents test positive

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County, a rehab facility struggling with a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 16 residents, disclosed Thursday that 92 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The center reported five deaths in the last 24 hours.

Of the positive cases, 53 are asymptomatic and 39 are experiencing symptoms ranging from mild to severe, the center said in a release. The uptick in confirmed cases came after the facility decided to test each patient due to concerns over the outbreak.

Woman in her 40s 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.

“Our hearts and our prayers go out to her family and friends,” Chickahominy Health District
Director, Dr. Thomas Franck, said in a statement. “This death, along with the increasing number of coronavirus cases being discovered in the community, is a reminder that we all share a responsibility in slowing the spread of this virus. It is crucial that we all follow special precautions to protect our loved ones as well as our community – this is especially important for protecting those who are at a higher risk, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions.”

The district includes Charles City, Goochland County, Hanover County and New Kent County.

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice employees tests positive for coronavirus

Two employees at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center tested positive for COVID-19, DJJ disclosed Wednesday. The employees was asymptomatic the last time they were at work and “developed symptoms a few days later.” The employees has limited not close contact with youth, according to DJJ.

No youth has tested positive at Bon Air JCC. 

In addition to the two employees at Bon Air, one juvenile in a contracted facility and one employee in a Court Service Unit has tested positive. The juvenile is reported to be improving rapidly.  

All visitation to Bon Air JCC has been suspended until further notice, including all transportation services to and from the center.

“We will make every effort for family members to have contact with the residents via telephone and video,” DJJ said on its site. “We appreciate your understanding as we do everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus, and keep our residents healthy.”

Ask the governor about COVID-19 on Twitter

Gov. Northam will be hosting a Twitter Q&A at noon. If you have any questions you can tweet them using the hashtag #AskGovNortham.

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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.

The number of coronavirus cases in Virginia is updated by the state’s department of health on a daily basis.

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Governor Ralph Northam provides press briefings on the coronavirus outbreak on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Stay with 8News for updates.

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