Coronavirus updates: More COVID-19 cases at Boar’s Head; 46th death confirmed at Canterbury; Northam says social distancing is working; Over 200 deaths in Virginia


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 16, 2020:

The Virginia Department of Health reported that over 46,000 Virginians have been tested for COVID-19. Right now Virginia has 6,889 confirmed positive cases. Health officials said the virus has claimed the lives of 208 people, an increase of 13 deaths since Wednesday.

More COVID-19 cases confirmed at Boar’s Head facility in Jarrat, Va.

Boar’s Head has been notified that additional employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at their Jarratt, Va, location. 8News reported on Apr. 9 that four employees had tested positive for the virus.

“Our employees’ health and safety is our top priority as we manage around COVID-19 and we have implemented numerous precautions to continue operating safely as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure to keep America fed,” said a representative from Boar’s Head in an email. Continue reading about the coronavirus cases at Boar’s Head.

46 COVID-19 deaths at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County today confirmed the 46th death of a resident at the long-term care facility.

The COVID-19 cases at Canterbury are one of the largest clusters of the virus reported in the United States. Read more about the ongoing situation.

Northam extends ban on gatherings of 10 or more until May 8

During Wednesday’s media briefing Governor Ralph Northam extended the ban on gatherings of 10 people or more until May 8. Originally the restriction was set to end on April 23.

Northam addressed the state’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, noting that social distancing guidelines have had an impact on flattening the curve in Virginia.

“As you saw in Monday’s modeling data, social distancing is working,” Northam said before announcing his decision to extend his executive order.

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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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