RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 28, 2020:
Virginia reported more than 14,000 cases of COVID-19 — 13,794 confirmed and 545 probable — on Tuesday. That is more than 800 new cases since yesterday.
Across the state, there are 492 deaths and more than 2,100 people in the hospital.
Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported more than 1,900 people with the virus have been released from the hospital.
The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.
Latest coronavirus headlines:
- Richmond barbershop owner part of Gov. Northam’s ‘COVID-19 Business Task Force’
- Coronavirus cases increase at Virginia’s poultry processing plants
- Virginia boy suffering from brain bleed has to wait for medical testing due to COVID-19
- Dept. of Juvenile Justice responds to Legal Aid Justice Center’s demands to protect youth during COVID-19
Facing massive deficit, UVA Health furloughs employees as leaders take pay cuts
Facing a deficit of $85 million a month, UVA Health announced a plan Tuesday “to mitigate the financial effects of COVID-19” that includes furloughing employees and having leaders take pay cuts.
Citing a 70% decline in surgeries and 90% drop in clinic visits, the health system said that its decision to reduce expenses was needed to ensure it would have necessary funding.
“These decisions were reached only after a great deal of input from leaders across the organization, and are focused on actions we must take now to be able to fulfill our mission,” Dr. Craig Kent, executive vice president for health affairs for the University of Virginia, said in a statement.
Read more about UVA Health’s plan here.
Known COVID-19 cases top 1 million in U.S.
According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has surpassed 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases.
5 residents at Cedarfield retirement community in Henrico test positive for COVID-19
Cedarfield, a retirement community in Henrico County, said that the county’s health department informed the facility that a second Independent Living resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This marks the fifth resident at Cedarfield — two Independent Living residents and three Health Care Center residents — to test positive for the virus.
The facility will work with the Henrico Health District and the Virginia National Guard to implent steps in response to the recent positive test. These steps include:
- The VDH will utilize members of the Virginia National Guard to conduct COVID-19 testing for all residents in Cedarfield Health Care Center’s South/Central Neighborhoods.
- The VHD will utilize members of the Virginia National Guard to conduct COVID-19 testing for all team members and agency personnel who work in Cedarfield Health Care Center’s South/Central Neighborhoods.
- The VHD will utilize members of the Virginia National Guard to review Cedarfield’s Infection Control Standards and make recommendations to ensure a safe living environment for our residents and a safe work environment for our team members.
Radford University plans to reopen for fall semester with face-to-face instruction
Radford University plans to have students stay in dorms and face-to-face instruction when it reopens for the Fall 2020 semester, the school’s president announced in a message to students.
The reopening process, which begins Aug. 3, depends on the return of select employees after Gov. Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order, which is slated to expire June 10, is lifted. The university plans to have its campus fully operational, including on-campus housing and dining services.
Learn more here.
VCU committed to holding in-person classes this fall
Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao said he is looking forward to seeing students and faculty back on campus for the fall semester. However, the start of the fall semester could be pushed back depending on the curve of the novel coronavirus.
“We have been diligent in observing social distancing and other curtailments in Virginia, and the current evidence suggests that these measures have flattened the curve in the commonwealth, thereby contributing to a safer environment in which to consider on campus education,” Rao wrote in a statement Monday.
VCU said they will be taking extra steps to ensure that students and faculty have a safe return to campus. Read about them here.
Free COVID-19 testing at Creighton Court
This week the Richmond City Health District is focusing on COVID-19 testing at public housing communities. Today they will be providing free COVID-19 tests at Creighton Court.
All you have to do is call 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.
On Thursday, testing will be held at Gilpin Court.
Northam wants to reopen Virginia by region
In Monday’s media briefing, Governor Northam said he’s considering reopening Virginia’s economy by region. The governor also added that progress has been made on testing.
Northam said his administration is working out how and when businesses should open and if some regions should start before others.
In the last week, Virginia’s testing capacity has nearly doubled. As of now, the state is up to 4,000 tests per day. However, the administration’s goal is 10,000 tests per day.
The commonwealth was scheduled to receive 14,000 testing swabs from FEMA Monday but that is only a portion of what the state needs.
Even with the new shipment of tests, Northam said the state is not where it needs to be.
“We’ll get to the point where we have adequate testing but it’s not adequate anywhere in Virginia, it’s not adequate anywhere in the country right now I think if you talked to other governors you’d hear the same challenges,” Northam said.
COVID-19 cases in Virginia
Here’s a breakdown of cases in our area:
|COVID-19 CASES||TOTAL CASES||DEATHS|
|Charles City County||25||1|
|City of Colonial Heights||82||7|
|City of Hopewell||62||0|
|City of Petersburg||84||2|
|City of Richmond||888||20|
|New Kent County||26||1|