Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 claims the lives of 812 Virginians


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for May 8, 2020:

The Virginia Department of Health reported 22,342 cases of COVID-19 — 21,274 confirmed and 1,068 probable —Friday. More than 143,000 Virginians have been tested for the virus. The death toll is now at 812.

Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that nearly 3,000 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.

Latest coronavirus headlines:

Virginia child under the age of 10 dies from COVID-19, data shows

Virginia has reported the death of a child due to COVID-19, marking the first death of a child from the virus in the state.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, the child was living in Fairfax County and was under the age of 10. No other details about the child have been available at this time.

Learn more here.

Gov. Northam lays out Phase One in Virginia’s reopening plan

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Phase one of Virginia’s reopening plan will allow some nonessential businesses to open back up with limited capacity, Gov. Ralph Northam said during’s Friday’s coronavirus briefing, however it does not include lifting the ban on gatherings of 10 or more.

The governor laid out what “Phase One” will look like for Virginia after extending his executive order closing nonessential businesses and restricting gatherings of 10 or more through May 14.

“I anticipate and hope that phase one will start on Friday, May the 15th,” he said Friday. “Obviously, if our trends change, we will adjust that date as needed.”

Read more about “Phase One” here.

NASCAR officially cancels spring Cup race at Richmond Raceway complex

Another event in Richmond has been officially canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus. NASCAR announced Friday that the spring Cup race at the Richmond Raceway complex, originally slated for April and postponed in March, has been canceled.

“As a sport, we continue to be united in the best interests of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, stakeholders, and track personnel,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier in a statement. “There will be brighter and healthier days ahead in the greater Richmond region when NASCAR returns to Richmond Raceway for the NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend on Sept. 11-12.”

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COVID-19 testing in Richmond and Henrico next week

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts have announced community testing sites for the coming week.

The following test locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Monday, May 11 – Community Supermarket, 1915 Mechanicsville Turnpike, East Richmond
  • Tuesday, May 12 – Southwood Apartments, 1200 Southwood Parkway, South Richmond
  • Thursday, May 14 – Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 N. Laburnum Ave. East Henrico

Testing will be available for people who meet the criteria and have COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath. Walk up testing is available but not guaranteed.

To register, call the Richmond and Henrico hotline at 804-205-3701.

Reopening Virginia

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam will provide an update on the state’s reopening process this afternoon.

On Wednesday, the governor said he realizes some parts of the commonwealth may not be ready for reopening.

COVID-19 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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