Coronavirus updates: Number of COVID-19 cases in Virginia tops 3,300; state’s peak virus prediction timeline moved to late April


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest on the coronavirus pandemic for April 7, 2020:

There are now 3,333 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the commonwealth, resulting in 63 deaths. Over 563 people have been hospitalized.

At this time, 28,645 Virginians have been tested for the virus.

Latest coronavirus headlines:

Virus death toll at Canterbury reaches 32

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center disclosed four additional COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, putting the center’s death toll from the virus at 32.

Canterbury, a long-term care facility in western Henrico, has experienced one of the worst clusters of the coronavirus in the country that has now killed at least 32 residents and sickened more than a 100 residents and staff members. The center has more than half of the reported COVID-19 deaths in the state, which sits at 63 total deaths, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

Pilot program connects VCU Health doctors, first responders in rural Virginia counties amid pandemic

Emergency medical service crews responding to possible COVID-19 cases in rural Virginia have been communicating with VCU Health emergency medicine physicians through telehealth technology in order to make real-time decisions about the best way to help the patient. The pilot program, which launched last week, is the first of its kind in the state.

The program puts VCU Health doctors in contact with first responders in rural Essex, Westmoreland and Richmond counties, allowing them to evaluate patients while discussing whether it’s best for them to stay at home or come to the hospital.

The aim is to provide service while reducing any chance of additional exposure and lessen the strain on busy EMS agencies and hospitals’ emergency departments during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more about the program.

HCA Virginia Physicians now offering telehealth options

HCA Virginia Physicians announced Tuesday that it will begin offering telehealth options for all affiliated outpatient practices in central Virginia.

Patients can have a “real-time visit” with their provider from home by just using their phone or computer, HCA Virginia Physicians said in a release, and then the provider will determine if the person should have a telehealth visit.

The program offers visits for all specialties in physician practices affiliated with HCA Virginia Physicians in central Virginia, including Spotsylvania and northern Virginia. Learn more here.

USNS Comfort crew member tests positive for COVID-19

A crew member of the USNS Comfort has tested positive for the coronavirus.

NAVY officials say the person has been isolated on the ship while receiving treatment. The individual has had no contact with patients, according to officials.

The USNS Comfort left Naval Station Norfolk on March 28 to help treat non-COVID-19 patients, providing some relief for New York City’s overburdened hospitals. It arrived in New York City two days later.

Virginia’s peak coronavirus prediction moved from May to April

The Institute for Health Metric and Evaluation has moved Virginia’s peak outbreak of COVID-19 from late May to late April.

This new projection shows the peak number of deaths per day is April 22.

Coronavirus outbreak at Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center

As we continue to track the latest on the coronavirus pandemic, eight more people have died from COVID-19 at the Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Henrico bringing the death toll there to 28.

Health officials said there are 250 cases of COVID-19 in Henrico County, with 114 coming from Canterbury.

Dr. Danny Avula, the director of the Richmond and Henrico health districts, said Monday there are 11 assisted living facilities across Henrico and Richmond that either have confirmed cases of COVID-19 or have clusters of illnesses they are investigating.

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.

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