RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest update from the Virginia Department of Health for Sunday, September 27.
According to the health department, Virginia now has 146,144 cases — 138,734 confirmed and 7,410 probable. This is an increase of 736 new reported cases since Friday.
A total of 10,889 people have been hospitalized due to the virus and 3,159 people have reportedly died because of it — that’s 15 new deaths in the last 24 hours.
The 7-day positivity rate also stayed steady at 4.8 percent — three tenths of a percentage point lower than Friday.
Upcoming testing locations
- Tuesday, September 29 — Broad Rock Community Center 4 to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 30 — The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church North 10 a.m. to noon
- Friday, October 2 —Eastern Henrico Health Department 1 to 4 p.m.
- Monday, Sept. 28 — Cornerstone Church 5 to 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 29 — United Methodist Church 5 to 7 p.m.
COVID-19 at local universities
As of Sept. 25, the college has reported:
- 39 active student cases and 4 active employee cases of COVID-19.
- 7 students are in isolation on campus.
- 12 students are in quarantine on campus.
As of Sept. 25, here is what the college has reported:
- 18 total cases and 2 active cases of COVID-19.
- The university said there were 25 people who tested positive before arriving on campus.
- 0.4 percent cumulative testing positivity rate
The university’s dashboard as of Sept. 25 shows that:
- 89 total (students and employees) active cases.
- 1,385 people have recovered from the virus since July.
- The overall positivity rate of the university’s health center’s test is 24.07%
- Read about one JMU student’s experience with COVID-19 here.
Local coronavirus cases
Chesterfield County had the highest number of new reported cases in our area, with 40 new reports of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
- Charles City County: 85 cases, 5 death
- Chesterfield County: 5,985 cases, 94 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 256 cases, 25 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 393 cases, 7 deaths
- City of Richmond: 4,637 cases, 61 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 385 cases, 11 deaths
- Goochland County: 271 cases, 7 deaths
- Hanover County: 1,293 cases, 37 deaths
- Henrico County: 5,453 cases, 211 deaths
- New Kent County: 191 cases, 3 death
- Powhatan County: 222 cases, 5 deaths
- For some who survive COVID-19, beating the virus doesn't mean the end of the fight.
- Nearly a year to the day after the Chinese city of Wuhan went into lockdown to contain a virus that had already escaped, President Joe Biden began putting into effect a new war plan for fighting the outbreak in the U.S., Germany topped 50,000 deaths, and Britain closed in on 100,000.
- Some Richmond Public Schools employees will have to wait just a little bit longer for their COVID-19 vaccination. RPS released a statement on Friday saying the Virginia Department of Health is pushing back appointments due to a national vaccine shortage.
- A petition demanding vaccinations for Chesterfield teachers returning to county classrooms has nearly 4,000 signatures. It's the latest move inside the battle between some county parents and the school board.
- Health officials predict a 2-3 month wait for Phase 1b completion, COVID-19 vaccine demand outweighing supplyVirginia health officials are working to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine while managing high demand. The state received 300,000 requests in one week but only around a third of that supply is available.
- Mayor Levar Stoney and Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about how the federal government can help localities fight the COVID-19 outbreak during the United States Conference of Mayors' 89th annual Winter Meeting on Friday.
- Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for President Joe Biden's inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Friday.
- A bill — still alive in the Virginia House of Delegates — would allow parents or guardians the right to reject a Covid-19 vaccine for their child — based on their religious beliefs.
- From answering 9-1-1 calls and health department hotlines, to passing out meals to families in need — Henrico's school nurses have adapted to whatever is needed while schools are in virtual learning.
- Dr. Avula: localities receive vaccine allotments based on population, weekly vaccine shipments below demandDr. Danny Avula gave an update on Virginia's current vaccination efforts. Right now the state is distributing 105,000 new doses of COVID-19 vaccinations each week, despite a much higher demand.