Coronavirus updates: Over 4,000 cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 109 deaths; Henrico woman in her 50s dies from virus

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 9, 2020:

As of now, Virginia has over 4,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 100 deaths, the Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday. 33,026 Virginians have been tested for the virus. There are 685 people in the hospital.

Latest coronavirus headlines:

Henrico woman in her 50s dies from coronavirus

Dr. Danny Avula, the director of the Richmond and Henrico health districts, told 8News in an email Thursday that a Henrico woman in her 50s died from complication of the coronavirus at the hospital.

The woman, who was not identified, had many chronic diseases, according to Avula. This marks the county’s second death outside of a nursing facility.

Henrico County has experienced one of the biggest outbreaks in central Virginia due to the cluster at Canterbury which has left at least 35 dead. According to the Virginia Department of Health, there are 319 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Henrico County.

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office deputy tests positive for coronavirus

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office disclosed Thursday that another deputy has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the fourth deputy in the Sheriff’s Office to contract the virus. The deputy who tested positive works at the courthouse, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office, and has been quarantining at home since April 3.

One civilian employee at the Sheriff’s Office, who also works at the courthouse, tested positive for the virus as well.

“The courthouse was thoroughly cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines on Sunday, April 5, 2020. As of now, we have four deputies and one civilian employee (who all work at the Courthouse) that are out of work with this virus,” the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. “Once again, they will not return to work without clearance from a medical professional.”

Boar’s Head suspends production at Virginia facility after 4 employees test positive for COVID-19

State health officials alerted Boar’s Head this week that four employees at the company’s facility in Jarratt, Va., tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, production at the facility will be suspended Thursday and Friday.

In a release, Boar’s Head said the employees who tested positive are under quarantine and three have not been back to the facility since March 31, while the other has not been there since April 1. The company said it has taken “extra precautionary measures” in the wake of the positive tests.

Read more on Boar’s Head response here.

Hanover opens child care program to help county’s first responders

Hanover County has opened a day care program for elementary school children of the county’s public safety personnel.

The program, brought together by the county’s parks and recreation department, was created to help first responders in Hanover with children as they work through the crisis.

Find out more about the program here.

Record 16.6 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: Roughly one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks.

The viral outbreak is believed to have erased nearly one-third of the economy’s output in the current quarter. Forty-eight states have closed non-essential businesses. Restaurants, hotels, department stores and small businesses have laid off millions as they struggle to pay bills at a time when their revenue has vanished.

More than 330,000 people have recovered from coronavirus worldwide

While the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to rise, so does the number of people who have recovered.

As of Thursday, more than 330,000 recoveries were reported worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

Health officials have said the number of recoveries is likely “far higher” considering there are people with the virus who have not been tested and diagnosed.

Warner and Kaine urge funding to support local journalism amid pandemic

Virginia senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined colleagues in a letter calling for funding to support local journalism and media to be included in any future COVID-19 relief packages.

The letter was addressed to Senate leadership and the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Death toll at Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center now at 35

In the past 24 hours, 3 more people have died from COVID-19 at the Canterbury Rehab and Healthcare Center in Henrico, bringing the death toll to 35. This has become one of the worst clusters of COVID-19 in the country.

Gov. Ralph Northam and his administration said they are doing everything they can from preventing another outbreak from happening at other facilities.

The challenges that we’re having in our nursing homes I think speaks to a couple of things. One is just how contagious this virus is when it gets in a confined space like that and it also speaks to the challenges that all of us as governors have had.”

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

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.

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The Associated Press, WKRN and WAVY contributed to this report.

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