Coronavirus updates: Virginia cases reach 604 with 83 in the hospital; Northam says testing materials, PPE limited due to supply delay


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Health reported 604 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, an increase of 144 from the day before. There are 83 people in the hospital and 14 deaths have been confirmed.

Here’s the latest on COVID-19:

Henrico rehabilitation center struggling with coronavirus outbreak reports 2 more deaths

Two residents of Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico County, a center that has already confirmed four COVID-19 fatalities, died in the past day. Canterbury said Friday that they believe the two residents succumbed to the coronavirus as well.

In under two weeks, 19 residents and six healthcare workers at the center have tested positive for COVID-19.

Northam pushes for federal testing site for Virginia, Maryland and D.C. as cases top 600

Gov. Ralph Northam began Friday’s briefing with state health officials by announcing that Virginia does not have enough testing materials and personal protective equipment due to supply delays.

The governor also said he’s calling on the Trump administration to open a federal testing site for Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.

RPS aims to buy 10,000 laptops as district braces for a shift to online learning

Richmond Public Schools is seeking to buy 10,000 computers for students who need them as the district prepares for the unexpected shift to online education due to the coronavirus.

Superintendent Jason Kamras shared the number of computers Richmond schools is looking to purchase in his online daily newsletter.

“We are in the process of exploring all of our options to obtain additional devices and ensure internet access including but not limited to: enlisting the support of philanthropies and requesting transfers from the School Board to repurpose currently allocated dollars, to purchase additional devices,” RPS spokeswoman Danielle Pierce said in an email.

Buskey Cider owners give up salary to pay employees during COVID-19 crisis

Buskey Cider Founder and CEO Will Correll along with his co-owner and wife Elle Correll decided to give up their salaries to keep their workers employed for as long as possible.

Since the urban cidery opened in Scott’s Addition in 2016, it has become a Richmond favorite. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, they are doing cider deliveries throughout RVA and select areas in Virginia.

If you want to pick up some cider, visit their Scott’s Addition tasting room Monday-Friday 3 p.m. to 7 and on the weekend from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

VCU Health changes visitor policy; gives patients iPads to stay in touch with loved ones

VCU Health is temporarily restricting visitation to hospitals and clinics as a way to stop the spread of COVID-19.

In-person visits to hospitalized patients during this pandemic are canceled. However, there are a few exceptions.

Hanover daycare worker tests positive for coronavirus

A daycare worker at Bundle of Joy Child Development Center in Atlee tested positive for COVID-19. Families were notified and the Hanover County Health Department is working closely with the center to identify any individuals who came in contact with the worker.

The center will be closed for two weeks to give staff the time to self-quarantine.

Everything you need to know about parks closing this weekend

State and local parks are taking steps to encourage social distancing and slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. 8News has compiled a list to keep you informed, take a look.

Resident at Henrico assisted living facility tests positive for COVID-19

One resident at a Henrico assisted living facility tested positive for COVID-19. The senior living facility — Beth Sholom — notified residents on Thursday, March 26th that a person living at Parkside Assisted Living has tested positive for the virus.

The resident has been in a local hospital where they are receiving medical treatment. Given our current shelter in place guidelines, we are hopeful that this will be an isolated case but only time will tell.”

Morris S. Funk
President and Chief Executive Officer

The facility is working closely with the Virginia Department of Health and they said they are following all infection control protocols.

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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