RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Friday, Jan. 22:
The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 4,147 new COVID-19 cases. The Commonwealth’s total case count has increased to 463,751. The number of deaths in the state is 6,002. On Thursday, deaths in Virginia increased by 79.
The state’s positivity rate continues to trend downward and is now at 13.0 percent.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Virginia
According to the Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association, 36,577 COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital.
Currently, there are 2,972 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have pending test results. Of those patients, 509 are in the ICU and 332 are on a ventilator.
Vaccine summary for Virginia
VDH is reporting that 376,823 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Jan. 22.
A total of 48,034 people have been fully vaccinated in Virginia. A majority of the people fully vaccinated are in the 30-39 age group.
On average 19,405 COVID-19 vaccine doses are administered every day. A total of 943,400 vaccines have been distributed.
Testing locations near you
- Tuesday, Jan. 26 – 10 a.m. to noon. Second Baptist Church, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd.
- Friday, Jan. 29 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Henrico Health Dept., 1400 N Laburnum Ave.
- Monday, Jan. 25 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road.
- Wednesday, Jan. 27 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road.
- Saturday, Jan. 23 – 10 a.m. to noon. Chesterfield Health Department, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle
Click here to find a test near you.
COVID-19 at local universities
As of Jan. 21, the college has reported:
- 54 active student cases and 13 active employee cases of COVID-19.
- 7 students are in isolation on campus.
- 5 students are in quarantine on campus.
As of Jan. 20, here is what the college has reported:
- 10 active COVID-19 cases
- Total positivity rate for December 2020 at 3.9 percent
The university’s dashboard as of Jan. 21 shows that:
- 33 total (students and employees) cases since January 4.
- 23 active COVID-19 cases.
- Read about one JMU student’s experience with COVID-19 here.
Local COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia
- Charles City County: 398 cases, 11 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 23,594 cases, 306 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 1,364 cases, 41 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 2,100 cases, 47 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 3,161 cases, 52 deaths
- City of Richmond: 14,849 cases, 197 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,791 cases, 27 deaths
- Goochland County: 1,209 cases, 15 deaths
- Hanover County: 6,663 cases, 128 deaths
- Henrico County: 21,446 cases, 499 deaths
- New Kent County: 1,244 cases, 12 death
- Powhatan County: 1,644 cases, 8 deaths
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- Over the next seven days, the Richmond Henrico Health District will be holding three mass vaccination events to vaccinate 12,000 local seniors.
- The main focus of the briefing was to talk about the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Within the next couple of days, Dr. Avula said Virginia would have received right around 69,000 doses of the vaccine. He said for the first couple of weeks, the vaccine will be prioritized for mass vaccination events.
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