RICHMOND,Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 14 2020:
The Virginia Department of Health said 6,171 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the commonwealth. COVID-19 has killed 154 Virginians.
Latest coronavirus headlines:
- Gov. Northam to expand educational resources during the outbreak
- Pastor remembers late bishop who died from COVID-19
- Virginia-specific model puts coronavirus peak in late summer
Richmond Publix employee tests positive for COVID-19
An employee at a Richmond-area Publix has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a statement sent to 8News, an associate who works at store No. 1636, 7045 Forest Hill Ave., in the Shops at Stratford Hills, has tested positive for coronavirus.
“As an essential service provider, the health and well-being of our customers, associates and communities are our top priority,” the statement read. “(Publix) will continue to be, keenly focused on intensive, ongoing protective measures in all our stores.”
Virginia has its first inmate death related to the coronavirus
An inmate from the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland died at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center after battling COVID-19.
The 49-year-old was admitted to the hospital for the coronavirus on April 4. She had underlying health conditions including asthma and Hepatitis-C.
2 nursing home residents in Colonial Heights die from COVID-19
Two nursing home residents in Colonial Heights died from COVID-19 last week, the director of the Chesterfield Health District Dr. Alexander Samuel confirmed Tuesday.
The district, which has five virus outbreaks according to the Virginia Department of Health, includes health departments from Chesterfield County, Powhatan County and the City of Colonial Heights. Samuel did not provide which nursing homes the residents lived in but said the department is looking into possible sources of exposure.
45 dead in coronavirus outbreak at Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center
Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center reported three additional COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, putting the death count at the long-term care facility at 45.
The death toll at the center has now surpassed the total from Life Care Center of Kirkland, a Seattle-area nursing home tied to at least 43 deaths.
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Student sues Liberty University for spring semester fees
A student at Liberty University has filed a class action lawsuit against the college following the school’s decision to transition to online learning and not fully refund fees paid for room, board and other campus services and fees.
Liberty has offered certain students a limited credit of $1,000, states the filing.
Additionally, the lawsuit claims that Liberty placed students at risk by keeping the campus open in the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more on the lawsuit here.
Richmond leaders give update on city’s response to COVID-19, discuss racial disparity in cases
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney provided an update Tuesday on the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic with Richmond schools Superintendent Jason Kamras and Dr. Danny Avula, the director of the Henrico and Richmond Health Districts.
They revealed more information about the racial disparity in COVID-19 patients across the city.
Dr. Avula said of the 163 positive cases in the city, 62 percent are African American. Twenty-four percent of cases are white, a small percentage are Hispanic or multi-racial and the race of about 10 percent of cases is unknown.
“That follows a trend that we’ve seen across the country in terms of this has a disparate impact on communities that are black and brown,” said Stoney.
More than 700 coronavirus patients in Virginia have been discharged from the hospital
There have been 721 coronavirus patients in Virginia who have been discharged from the hospital, according to an online dashboard from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.
The combined number of patients in the hospital — confirmed COVID-19 cases (813) and those with pending test results (469) — is 1,282 as of Tuesday. The dashboard shows 422 patients are in the ICU while 276 are currently on a ventilator.
Here’s a breakdown of the Virginia-specific COVID-19 model
During Monday’s media briefing, Governor Ralph Northam said a Virginia-specific model shows that social distancing is working but puts the pandemic’s peak months later than originally expected.
The UVA model puts the pandemic’s peak in late summer. However, experts say more testing is needed to make it more accurate.
The model traces travel and cases un Virginia by county. It also projects different outcomes based on virginia’s stay-at-home order and social distancing guidelines.
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.