Coronavirus updates: Virginia’s COVID-19 positivity rate increases to 7.2%

Coronavirus Update

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.

HHS on Tuesday confirmed the news, which was first reported by the New York Times. Learn more

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