RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for July 15, 2020. The Virginia Department of Health reports the following:
- The state has 73,527 cases of COVID-19, 70,669 confirmed and 2,858 probable. That’s a daily increase of 1,094 cases.
- Virginia’s death toll is at 1,968, an increase of 24 reported deaths since Tuesday.
- Virginia’s 7-day COVID-19 positivity rate is 7.2%, the highest it’s been since June 11.
The Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association reports that:
- There are 1,081 patients in Virginia hospitals with positive or pending COVID-19 test results.
- 9,527 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from Virginia hospitals. That’s an increase of 104 patients since yesterday.
COVID-19 Cases in Central Virginia
- Charles City County: 42 cases, 3 death
- Chesterfield County: 3, 324 cases, 63 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 163 cases, 20 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 212 cases, 5 death
- City of Petersburg: 348 cases, 9 deaths
- City of Richmond: 2,473 cases, 36 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 162 cases, 2 deaths
- Goochland County: 135 cases, 6 deaths
- Hanover County: 491 cases, 30 deaths
- Henrico County: 2,947 cases, 175 deaths
- New Kent County: 76 cases, 1 death
- Powhatan County: 100 cases, 3 deaths
Virginia enacts nation’s first COVID-19 workplace safety standards
The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board approved temporary standards Wednesday that enact widespread protections for workers during the coronavirus pandemic, requiring employers across the state to maintain physical distancing, workplace sanitization and information sharing. Virginia is the first state in the country to ensure such protections. Learn more
Walmart, Sam’s Club will require shoppers to wear face coverings starting July 20
Walmart and Sam’s Club can now be added to the list of businesses requiring their customers to wear face coverings.
The announcement, made Wednesday, credits the rise in COVID-19 cases across the country and recent face covering mandates being implemented as the reason for the change. Learn more
COVID-19 hospital data will go to White House before CDC
Hospital data on coronavirus patients will now be sent to the Trump administration before going to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The data will go to the Department of Health and Human Services, the parent agency of the CDC.
- As more individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccine and infection rates decline, the U.S. seems to be approaching a so-called "new normal." But for some, this change could come with its own set of issues, much like the initial mental health issues reported at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Richmond and Henrico Health District as well as the Chesterfield Health District are giving residents lots of chances to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Qatar will require spectators at the 2022 World Cup to have received coronavirus vaccines to get into games, the government has announced.
- Nearly half of Virginia's population is fully vaccinated according to the latest reporting from the Virginia Department of Health.
- President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks on the country's vaccination program as his goal to have 70% of Americans at least partially vaccinated by July 4 nears.
- Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said earlier this week she expects the delta variant to become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States.
- Nearly 60 percent of the adult population in Henrico and Chesterfield Counties have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, whereas Richmond has yet to break 50 percent, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
- Lesser-known Virginia mask ban returns July 1, Governor Northam expects residents won't face chargesA lesser-known Virginia law banning face masks in order to conceal someone's identity returns next month, prompting Gov. Northam to clarify how it may be enforced with COVID-19 still present.
- With more than 600,000 Americans dead of COVID-19 and questions still raging about the origin of the virus and the government's response, a push is underway for a full-blown investigation of the crisis by a national commission like the one that looked into 9/11.
- The dip in immunizations for children has alarmed health officials and pediatricians across the country about possible outbreaks of preventable diseases, such as measles and mumps.