RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for June 18, 2020:
The Virginia Department of Health reported 56,238 cases of COVID-19 — 53,769 confirmed and 2,469 probable — Thursday. The death toll is now at 1,586.
Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reported that 7,493 people with the virus have been released from the hospital. The VDH and VHHA do not report recoveries.
Northam to provide COVID-19 update this afternoon
Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to update the Commonwealth on coronavirus this afternoon during his biweekly briefing.
On Tuesday, Northam said Virginia’s total case numbers continue to trend downwards. According to Northam the percent of tests that are positive has dropped to 7.4% as of June 4.
At today’s briefing, the governor is expected to say more on what “Phase 3” will look like for Virginia.
Virginia will not enter “Phase 3”
Virginia will not enter Phase Three of its reopening plan at the end of the week, Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday, but some state employees will have the day off for Juneteenth after the governor announced he would propose making the day an official holiday.
Free COVID-19 testing in Richmond today
There will be free testing events throughout the city this week. Here is when and where they are happening:
- Thursday, June 18: 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. at Tuckahoe Middle School 9000 Three Chopt Rd.
The events are for people who have Medicaid or don’t have insurance, who are ages 5 and older and have flu-like symptoms. Pre-registration is highly suggested; to register call 804-205-3501(Richmond) or 804-318-8207 (Chesterfield) anytime between 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
COVID-19 in Virginia
- Charles City County: 311 cases, 9 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 17,097 cases, 193 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 906 cases, 30 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 1,416 cases, 12 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 2,196 cases, 35 deaths
- City of Richmond: 11,636 cases, 118 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,288 cases, 17 deaths
- Goochland County: 903 cases, 7 deaths
- Hanover County: 5,271 cases, 88 deaths
- Henrico County: 16,585 cases, 323 deaths
- New Kent County: 939 cases, 7 death
- Powhatan County: 1,175 cases, 6 deaths
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