RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 22, 2020:
According to the latest information available from the Virginia Department of Health, 10,266 Virginians have tested positive for COVID-19, including 9,952 confirmed cases and 314 probable cases. That’s an increase of 636 cases since yesterday.
There have been 349 confirmed deaths, including two probable COVID-19 deaths, across the state.
The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association reported today that 1,497 COVID-19 patients have been released for the hospital.
The VHHA and VDH do not report the number recoveries from the virus.
Nationally, John Hopkins said there has been 826,248 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., 45,967 deaths and 75,682 recoveries from the disease.
Latest coronavirus headlines:
- Protests to reopen Virginia take on partisan tone, abortions at the center
- Reopening Virginia: Gov. Northam says state needs ample PPE, COVID-19 testing, before it’s safe
- Health department ramping up COVID-19 testing in underserved communities
- LabCorp gets emergency authorization for at-home COVID-19 tests
Henrico nursing home reports 2nd resident tests positive for COVID-19
Cedarfield, a retirement community in Henrico County, disclosed Wednesday that a second Health Care resident at the facility has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is currently in the hospital and it remains unclear when they will be back in the community, according to Cedarfield.
Cedarfield will work with the Henrico Health Department to determine who may have been exposed to the virus. Those who were exposed are being notified, Cedarfield said.
“As Cedarfield works through this new development, all residents are to remain in their apartments, cottages, or health care rooms. All team members are to continue to use appropriate masks at all times,” an email from the facility said. “When delivering direct care to Health Care Center residents, team members must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as directed by Cedarfield’s Health Care Management Team. Residents have been advised to continue to practice self-isolation, good hand washing, and the use of appropriate PPE. Additionally, all team members are to use specific entrances to gain entry to their workplace.”
The retirement community said no other residents have shown symptoms of the virus.
Gov. Northam has not left the state of Virginia since the stay-at-home order went into effect
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has not left the state since his Executive Order requiring Virginians to stay at home and limit travel went into effect.
The Executive Order asks Virginians to “remain at their place of residence,” with exceptions for working, household shopping, engaging in outdoor activities, seeking medical attention, taking care of family, attending worship services and other limited travel.
Gov. Northam’s office denies rumors that he has traveled to his home in the Outer Banks during the stay-at-home order. The baseless rumor is circulating on websites and in social media.
“This is a fact: Gov. Northam has been working on behalf of Virginians seven days a week and has not left Virginia since stay at home orders have been in place. Anything else is a lie. People spread lies all the time for political gain and they should be ashamed of themselves,” said the Governor’s office.
Republican Sen. Amanda Chase posted a video this morning on Facebook saying that she looked into the rumors and they are false.
“Our initial report is that this is a false claim… that this is not true,” Sen. Chase said in the video. “We’re still looking into it, but I just want to let you know that the people that I have looking into this are finding that this claim is unfounded and not true.”
8News has found no evidence that the governor has traveled out of state.
#ReOpenVirginia protest at the Virginia State Capitol
Protests to reopen the economy are taking on a partisan tone.
With another rally scheduled in Richmond tomorrow, the Republican Party of Virginia is accusing Gov. Ralph Northam of putting his party’s ideology over public health. Meanwhile, the state’s Democratic Party is calling Republicans “unhinged” for their efforts to undermine the governor and score “cheap political points” ahead of the drive-by demonstration.
In a recent statement, the RPV mocked the governor’s calls for unity during the pandemic, arguing “When the State bans dentists because it’s unsafe, but deems an abortion safe, it’s not about your health.”
The statement references Northam’s decision not to include abortions under his executive order banning elective surgeries, an effort to preserve personal protective equipment for the treatment coronavirus. In fact, the same order allowing “family planning” services to continue also permits dental procedures where delays could lead to worsening conditions.
Virginia lawmakers to reconvene in Richmond amid coronavirus
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Virginia lawmakers are set to reconvene in Richmond for a one-day session Wednesday, but it may look a bit different than year’s past.
To help with social distancing, the Senate will meet at the Science Museum on Broad Street and the House is expected to meet outside on Capitol Grounds.
Lawmakers are expected to act on bills that were passed this past winter and on Governor Ralph Northam’s proposed changes, some of which were prompted by COVID-19.
Among the proposals is to put off a minimum wage increase until May 1, 2021 to help the economy bounce back from the coronavirus.
Another proposed change is amend the state budget to allow the Department of Corrections to release offenders with a year or less left in their sentence to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities.
Lawmakers will gavel in at noon.
- 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.