Coronavirus updates: 50th death reported at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center; Virginia’s death toll rises to 552; GRTC bus driver tests positive


Richmond, VA. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 30, 2020:

Virginia reported 15,846 cases of COVID-19 — 15,180 confirmed and 666 probable — on Thursday. The cases of the virus jumped nearly 1,000 from yesterday.

Across the state, there are 552 deaths and more than 2,300 people in the hospital.

Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported more than 2,000 people with the virus have been released from the hospital.

The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center reports 50th COVID-19 death

Officials at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County today reported the facility’s 50th corornavirus-related death. The resident died yesterday in a hospital.

Canterbury officials also reported that 51 patients who previously tested positive for COVID-19 have fully recovered.

A cluster of COVID-19 deaths and infections have been reported at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center since the outbreak began. More than 100 residents and staff members have tested positive for the virus, making this Canterbury one of the worst clusters of cases in the United States.

Follow our ongoing coverage of the outbreak at Canterbury and read more about today’s update.

Coronavirus outbreak reported at Spotsylvania Aldi

Several Aldi employees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Rappahannock Area Health District announced Thursday.

The coronavirus outbreak is at the Aldi grocery store located at 5099 Jefferson Davis Highway.

“This the first COVID-19 outbreak reported in the localities covered by the health district, with a confirmed outbreak defined as two lab-confirmed cases that are linked by a person, place, or time outside of a household,” the health district said.

Officials said the Aldi location underwent a deep cleaning on Wednesday and that all employees have been quarantined.

Read Aldi’s statement regarding the outbreak here.

Last day of COVID-19 testing at Richmond public housing community

If you live in Gilpin Court and are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus, consider getting tested.

All you have to do is call 804-205-3501 to see if you qualify. There are limited tests so make sure you call early. Once you have registered, you will receive an appointment time.

Due to weather, today’s testing will be held inside the Calhoun Family Investment Center at 436 Calhoun Street.

GRTC bus driver tests positive for COVID-19

GRTC said riders may experience significant delays over the next two days after a bus operator tested positive for coronavirus.

This is the first bus operator to test positive and the second case of coronavirus within GRTC, the company said. Officals are now asking that all operators and on-site staff be tested for the novel coronavirus.

“All operators and on-site staff schedule a COVID-19 test as soon as possible to stay ahead of any possible spread. As operators take paid leave to be tested and await results, GRTC cautions all riders that there may be significant service disruptions or cancelations over the next two days, GRTC said in a release.”

The bus driver who tested positive only had mild symptoms and has not been to work since Monday, April 27, the transit company said.

According to the release, any employee who is asking to be tested for COVID-19 — regardless of symptoms — will be placed on immediate paid leave.

While bus drivers wait for test results, drivers should experience delays or cancellations. If GRTC does not have enough bus drivers they may have to cancel routes entirely. Stay with 8News for updates.

CDC assessing Virginia’s poultry plants as COVID-19 cases rise

Governor Ralph Northam say he wants to make it clear that his number one concern at Virginia’s poultry processing plants is for the workers. The governor seemed to be weighing in on President Donald Trump’s executive order compelling meat processing plants to stay open while providing an update on rising coronavirus cases at poultry plants on the Eastern Shore.

Northam announced Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention responded by deploying teams to those poultry processing plants. He said the CDC met with local health and worker safety teams.

The governor also said the majority of the workers at the plants on the Eastern Shore have low incomes and are from communities of color, putting them at higher risk.

COVID-19 cases in Virginia

Here’s a breakdown of cases in our area:

Charles City County251
Chesterfield County1,13229
City of Colonial Heights827
City of Hopewell620
City of Petersburg842
City of Richmond88820
Goochland County895
Hanover County24419
Henrico County1,339114
New Kent County261
Powhatan County260
Information from the Virginia Department of Health

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