RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Health reported 460 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 65 people in the hospital and 13 deaths.
On Wednesday, Virginia announced 101 new cases of coronavirus, which put the state’s total at 391. After health officials reported three deaths during a press conference with Gov. Ralph Northam, a Henrico rehabilitation center confirmed that a third resident died from complications of COVID-19.
Here’s the latest on COVID-19:
- 3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high
- Senate passes $2.2 trillion economic rescue package in response to coronavirus pandemic
- VCU says they “will do better” after moving student belongings to storage — without their knowledge –to make room for non-COVID-19 patients
- ‘We must make sure that no Virginian goes hungry during this time of crisis’: Virginia SNAP program issues emergency benefits
- WATCH: Northam suspending elective surgeries and VDH announces 3 new deaths
Henrico County braces for coronavirus financial fallout
The Henrico County Board of Supervisors is making significant changes to its proposed budget for next year as it anticipates a loss of revenue because of COVID-19. The county expects much lower revenue from sales, meals and occupancy taxes.
So far the county has ordered an immediate hiring freeze across all agencies. The county has also suspended all discretionary spending, and it has put all unfunded capital projects on hold.
“Recent announcements from Gov. Ralph Northam’s team regarding billion-dollar state budget shortfalls in the current year and next fiscal year reinforce the need to realign our plans and expectations,” Meghan Coates, deputy director of Finance, said in a statement. “These important, cost-saving measures are going to be the backbone of our plan to endure the financial impact of this event.”
Resident at Henrico rehabilitation center — where 3 others have succumbed from COVID-19 — dies
A fourth resident, identified as a man in his 70s, of Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Henrico County has died, the county’s health district director confirmed Thursday.
The news comes a day after a third resident at the center succumbed to the virus.
2nd Richmond police officer tests positive for COVID-19
The Richmond Police Department confirmed Thursday that a second officer from the First Precinct has tested positive for coronavirus. The officer is a man in his 40s, according to a police spokesman, and several other officers in the precinct are being asked to self-quarantine.
On Monday, officials revealed a female officer tested positive after traveling to New York. She is also in isolation.
Prince George County reports 2nd confirmed case
Prince George County shared Thursday that the Crater Health District has confirmed the county’s second case of COVID-19.
The patient, identified only as a man in his 70s, is in stable condition at the hospital, according to a Facebook post from the county.
Real ID deadline pushed back a year due to coronavirus
The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday that it has extended the deadline for when Americans need to get a Real ID in order to board a domestic flight, which was meant to be enforced starting on Oct. 1, 2020.
Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, said the enforcement deadline will be pushed back a year until Oct. 1, 2021.
VCU Health looking for donations to get through COVID-19 crisis
If you’re looking for ways to help out during the coronavirus pandemic, VCU Health is looking for donations of supplies, money and encouraging words.
VCU Medical Center’s first need is supplies. Doctors need surgical masks, face shields, disposable gowns, latex-free gloves, and goggles. You can bring those donations to the VCU Medical Center Gateway Building at the valet entrance. You should bring your donations in a bag or box.
Bon Secours suspends COVID-19 patient’s bills related to testing and treatment
Bon Secours is suspending all bills and statements for COVID-19 patients in order to remove “any financial barriers to accessing care and treatment.”
According to an email from a Bon Secours Mercy Health spokeswoman, the hospital will still bill insurance companies but plans to hold patient statements until additional details are finalized.
RVA dog parks to close on Saturday
The City of Richmond will close Barker Field, Chimborazo and Northside Dog Parks to the public starting Saturday. The city will also close traffic gates in Byrd Park on Saturday in order to “allow more room for park-goers to distance from each other.”
VCU decision frustrates students, university vows to “do better”
Virginia Commonwealth University announced Thursday that they have begun to store the belongings of students who resided in the VCU Honors College dorms — which was originally built as a hospital — in order to care for “non-COVID-19, low acuity patients” if VCU Medical Center reaches capacity due to the coronavirus.
Students reacted on social media, calling out VCU for not informing them about their decision to move their belongings. This prompted the university to tweet that it “will do better.”
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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