Coronavirus updates: Positivity rate for Virginia at 6.4 percent; Local universities see rise in COVID-19 cases


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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for the Commonwealth on August 24, 2020.

The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 113,630 cases of COVID-19. That’s an increase of 664 cases since Sunday. The case count for the 7-day moving average is showing a downward trend.

The positivity rate for Virginia is at 6.4 percent.

Data provided by the Virginia Department of Health

Currently, 9,207 Virginians have been hospitalized for COVID-19. The virus has claimed the lives of 2,471 people in the Commonwealth.

  • Charles City County: 84 cases, 5 death
  • Chesterfield County: 5,916 cases, 94 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 253 cases, 25 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 390 cases, 7 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 4,595 cases, 61 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 376 cases, 11 deaths
  • Goochland County: 266 cases, 7 deaths
  • Hanover County: 1,286 cases, 37 deaths
  • Henrico County: 5,399 cases, 211 deaths
  • New Kent County: 188 cases, 3 death
  • Powhatan County: 219 cases, 5 deaths
Coronavirus Updates


Local universities are already seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases.


Virginia Commonwealth University is experiencing an alaraming rise of COVID-19 cases. Less than one week into classes 25 students tested positive and 11 staff members. Since the first cases were reported Thursday the number has doubled.

According to the One VCU: Responsible Together dashboard, 59 students and 13 staff members have tested positive for the virus. Both cases in students and staff have risen by 1 since Sunday.

There are also more students in isolation and quarantine.

Cases at VCU updated on August 24, 2020.


University of Richmond currently has six active cases of coronavirus on their campus. There have been 11 cases on the campus since students began moving back in for the semester earlier this month.

The university also has its own COVID-19 data dashboard. Current active cases is the number of people who have tested positive and are in isolation* (either on or off campus) as of the date of the report, the university said.

Cases at University of Richmond last updated on August 18, 2020.

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