RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Virginia Department of Health reported a total of 292,240 COVID-19 cases in Wednesday’s update.
VDH data also shows that deaths in Virginia went up by 38 bringing COVID-19 fatalities to 4,508. The state’s positivity rate increased slightly to 11.4 percent.
Cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in Virginia as the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being administered. On Tuesday, the first doses were given to frontline medical workers.
This afternoon VCU Health will give the vaccine to some of its healthcare employees.
The vaccinations will be offered first to front-line medical workers who care for COVID-19 patients. That includes those working in the intensive care unit or emergency department.
According to VCU Health, VCU Medical Center is only one of a few facilities in the state that’s able to properly store the vaccine.
TESTING LOCATIONS NEAR YOU
- Mondays: Dec. 21 and 28 – 1 to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road
- Tuesdays: Dec. 22 and 29 – 10 a.m. to noon. Walmsley United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd.
- Wednesdays: Dec. 16, 30 – 10 a.m. to noon. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road
- Thursdays: Dec. 17, 31 – 10 a.m. to noon. Walmsley United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd.
- Fridays: Dec. 18 – 10 a.m. to noon. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road
- Saturdays: Dec. 12 and 19 – 10 a.m. to noon. Chesterfield Health Department, Smith-Wagner Building Multi-Purpose Room, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle
- Thursday, December 17th, 2 to 4 p.m. Second Baptist Church (3300 Broad Rock Blvd, Richmond, VA 23224)**
- Friday, December 18th, Regency Square Parking Deck (1420 N Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23229)**
**indicates drive thru event
Flu vaccines are also available everyday Monday-Friday throughout December (closed on the 24th and 25th), 8:00am-4:30pm at Richmond City Health District (400 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23220).
COVID-19 AT LOCAL UNIVERSITIES
As of Dec. 15, the college has reported:
- 27 active student cases and 12 active employee cases of COVID-19.
- 2 student is in isolation on campus.
- 5 students are in quarantine on campus.
As of Dec. 14, here is what the college has reported:
- 116 total cases and 5 active cases of COVID-19.
- The university said the monthly testing positivity rate for November is 2.7 percent.
The university’s dashboard as of Dec. 16, shows that:
- 39 total (students and employees) active cases.
- 1,687 people have recovered from the virus since July.
- Read about one JMU student’s experience with COVID-19 here.
LOCAL COVID-19 CASES
- Charles City County: 316 cases, 9 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 17,408 cases, 195 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 924 cases, 30 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 1,436 cases, 12 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 2,253 cases, 36 deaths
- City of Richmond: 11,778 cases, 119 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,312 cases, 18 deaths
- Goochland County: 930 cases, 7 deaths
- Hanover County: 5,332 cases, 93 deaths
- Henrico County: 16,846 cases, 329 deaths
- New Kent County: 953 cases, 7 death
- Powhatan County: 1,184 cases, 7 deaths
- The Commonwealth’s total case count has increased to 463,751. The number of deaths in the state is 6,002.
- The NFL has invited thousands of health care workers who received the coronavirus vaccine to the upcoming Super Bowl in Tampa, the league announced Friday.
- A handful of new coronavirus strains have emerged overseas and health officials believe they are more contagious than the original.
- Virginia residents frustrated with the slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout are finding luck when they travel south of the state border.
- It’s a striking contrast to Donald Trump’s White House, which was the epicenter of no less than three separate outbreaks of COVID-19, their true scale not fully known because aides refused to discuss cases publicly.
- Even after President Biden's announcement of his national COVID-19 strategy, vaccination anxiety is still prevalent all over the country, including hard-hit California.
- Dave Chappelle tested positive for the coronavirus just before his comedy show scheduled for Thursday, forcing his upcoming appearances to be canceled, a spokeswoman said.
- The wearable test strips, currently in development at UCSD, would change color if the virus is detected in a person's breath or saliva.
- A top Virginia public health official says he's confident no COVID-19 vaccine doses have gone to waste, despite hiccups in the state’s rollout of the vaccine.
- A Chesterfield dental center is not just filling cavities anymore — they are also filling a desperate gap in the county's vaccination rollout.