RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for June 8, 2020:
The Virginia Department of Health reported 51, 251 cases of COVID-19 — 48,879 confirmed and 2,372 probable — Monday. The death toll is now at 1,477.
Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that more than 6,500 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.
Free coronavirus testing events in RVA this week
The Richmond Health District is holding three free coronavirus testing events this week:
- Tuesday, June 9: From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Second Baptist Church, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd
- Thursday, June 11th: From 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Community Supermarket, 1915 Mechanicsville Turnpike
- Friday, June 12th: From 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Hotchkiss Field Community Center, 701 E Brookland Park Blvd.
For more information or other COVID-19 testing sites or to register call 804- 205-3501 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
GRTC starting on-site testing today
Starting today, GRTC is offering voluntary on-site COVID-19 testing for its employees starting today.
Testing will be paid for by the GRTC and Secure Health will be doing the testing. They can do up to 200 tests a day.
GRTC has had 12 employee cases of the coronavirus in the last 10 weeks, with the most recent case reported last Friday.
COVID-19 in Virginia
Here’s a breakdown of cases in our area:
- Charles City County: 398 cases, 11 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 23,594 cases, 306 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 1,364 cases, 41 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 2,100 cases, 47 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 3,161 cases, 52 deaths
- City of Richmond: 14,849 cases, 197 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,791 cases, 27 deaths
- Goochland County: 1,209 cases, 15 deaths
- Hanover County: 6,663 cases, 128 deaths
- Henrico County: 21,446 cases, 499 deaths
- New Kent County: 1,244 cases, 12 death
- Powhatan County: 1,644 cases, 8 deaths
- City Council members representing Richmond's Southside began calling for a vaccination center south of the river back in February. Now with the expansion of pharmacy vaccination sites, Southside residents will have a local vaccination site.
- 69,000 coronavirus vaccine doses from Johnson & Johnson are slated to arrive in Virginia by the weekend, according to the state's top vaccine program official.
- 'Cause once you're dead that's a bit too late': Dolly Parton gets vaccine, rewrites lyrics to a popular song"I know I'm trying to be funny now but I'm dead serious about the vaccine. I think we all want to get back to normal, whatever that is. And that would be a great shot in the arm, wouldn't it, if we could get back to that."
- Members of the Virginia National Guard are training at the Richmond Raceway to support the Henrico mass vaccination clinic.
- It's been nearly a year devoid of large social gatherings, but there is a glimmer of hope for the vaccinated among us.
- Nurse paralyzed from COVID-19 complications returns to Florida after months in Massachusetts hospitalDesmon Silva was placed on a ventilator last summer after becoming paralyzed from the neck down due to complications from the coronavirus.
- 'We were basically in a black hole, like no one cared': Inmates speak about catching COVID-19 in Virginia state prisonsAntwain Steward and Candace Williams are both Virginia inmates who tested positive for the coronavirus while incarcerated. Their stories show how Virginia correctional facilities responded to the pandemic and how those actions impacted prisoners.
- The Virginia Department of Health announced the first case of the South African COVID-19 variant was identified in an adult resident of Northwestern Virginia.
- The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,385 new cases of COVID-19, 160 new deaths and the commonwealth's positivity rate has dipped below 7%.
- The university said the percentage of students in isolation and quarantine is the lowest it has been since the move-in period for the spring semester.