RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 27, 2020:

Virginia reported more than 13,000 cases of COVID-19 — 13,036 confirmed and 499 probable — on Monday. Across the state, there are 458 deaths and more than 2,000 people in the hospital.

Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to give an update on the coronavirus response in Virginia at 2 p.m. You can watch the live press briefing here.

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HCA Virginia, Bon Secours join plasma national study

Bon Secours and HCA Virginia both announced Monday that they are taking part in a national study in order to see if plasma from convalescent or recovered COVID-19 patients could help those with the virus.

HCA Virginia said that Henrico Doctors Hospital, Chippenham Hospital, Johnston-Willis Medical Center and John Randolph Medical Center is currently seeking any eligible volunteers in the area to donate plasma.

“We are proud to take part in this important study. We are asking for the help of our community to spread awareness about plasma donation for patients facing COVID-19 not only here in the Richmond metropolitan area, but also around the world,” Dr. Jake O’Shea, Chief Medical Officer of HCA Healthcare Capital Division, said in a statement.

Bon Secours joined the FDA’s national expanded access program (EAP), which aims to determine whether convalescent plasma can be used as a treatment for COVID-19. Those looking to volunteer must have had the virus and must be symptom free for at least 28 days.

“In our ongoing effort to care for our communities, Bon Secours is facilitating access to investigational convalescent plasma through participation in the National Expanded Access Treatment Protocol,” said John McCurley, M.D., chief clinical officer for Bon Secours Richmond. “We have established a network of participating blood suppliers that will work at the local level to supply hospitals with convalescent plasma. The key to the success of this program is the donor population.”

People hoping to donate their plasma can through the American Red Cross or any local donation center. HCA Virginia has a COVID-19 Plasma Phone Line — (833) 582-1971 — for those with any questions.

Virginia individual income tax filing deadline approaching

The deadline for taxpayers in Virginia to file their personal income tax is May 1. Tax Commissioner Craig M. Burns encouraged Virginians on Monday to file their tax returns electronically.

“Filing electronically is the safest and most efficient way to file your return,” Burns said in a statement. “Also, the fastest way to get your refund, if you have one coming, is to request it via direct deposit.”

Virginia Tax provided a list of things to know about this year’s filing season:

  • Automatic six-month filing extension: If you need additional time to file your individual income tax return, there is an automatic six-month extension in Virginia. This means that for most people, your individual returns would now be due by Nov. 2, 2020, instead of on the original filing date of Friday, May 1, 2020. You don’t need to fill out any additional paperwork to qualify for an extension.
  • Income tax payments deferred until June 1, 2020: Due to the COVID-19 response efforts, any individual income tax payments for Taxable Year (TY) 2019 that were due from April 1, 2020, to June 1, 2020, will now be due on or before June 1, 2020. To avoid penalties, you’ll need to pay at least 90% of your tax liability on or before June 1 and pay any outstanding tax liability with a return filed by the extended due date. Additionally, interest will be waived on TY 2019 final payments and extension payments made by June 1, 2020, if at least 90% of the tax liability is paid by June 1. Any addition to tax otherwise applicable to estimated payments for the first quarter of TY 2020 would also be waived, provided the payment is made by June 1, 2020.
  • Multiple payment options available: If you do end up owing taxes, there are a number of options to pay including online, directly from your bank account; check or money order; and credit or debit card, both of which incur an additional fee.
  • To check on the status of your refund, call 804.367.2486 or use the Where’s My Refund application on the Virginia Tax website. For taxpayers who have questions, call the Virginia Tax Individual Customer Service hotline at 804.367.8031 or the Business Customer Service hotline at 804.367.8037.   

Walk-up COVID-19 testing at pubic housing communities starts this week

Do you live in a public housing community and need a COVID-19 test? This week the Richmond City Health District is holding three walk-up coronavirus testing events at Hillside, Creighton and Gilpin Courts.

In order to be tested, you must register in advance by calling the Richmond and Henrico COVID-19 Hotline at (804) 205-3501. Once you register, you will be given an appointment time.

Anyone who was COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms is eligible for a test.

You can get tested at the following locations this week:

  • Hillside Court on Monday, April 27 – 1500 Harwood Street
  • Creighton Court on Tuesday, April 28 – 1810 Creighton Road
  • Gilpin Court on Thursday, April 30 – 436 Calhoun Street

COVID-19 cases in Virginia

Virginia’s case count is near 13,535, the department of health reported Monday — a 565 case jump since yesterday. There have been 458 confirmed and probable deaths across the Commonwealth.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported that 1,815 COVID-19 patients have been released for the hospital.

The VHHA and VDH do not report the number recoveries from the virus.

Here’s a breakdown of cases in our area:

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.