Coronavirus update: Free COVID-19 testing event in Richmond next week; Cases up by 1,261 in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Wednesday, April 21:

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations

The Virginia Department of Health reported 1,261 new cases, which includes those who tested positive and people with known exposure to COVID-19. In total, Virginia has reported 649,608 COVID-19 cases and 10,640 deaths.

As of Wednesday, the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is reporting that 1,120 people are currently in the hospital with COVID-19, with 271 of those patients in the ICU. There are 130 people currently on a ventilator.

Virginia’s vaccination effort

Virginia is getting 77,220 COVID-19 vaccine doses into arms each day on average. According to the state’s health department, more than 5.4 million doses have been administered in Virginia.

As of April 21, 25.8% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. Over three million people in the state have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Local COVID-19 vaccine updates

  • All Virginians 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes as the Commonwealth moved into Phase 2 of the vaccination process Sunday, April 18. With a new phase, the state is changing the way some can schedule appointments.
  • Dinwiddie County is holding a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is happening at the Eastside Community Center for residents 18 and older. Appointments are required.
  • The Chickahominy Health District is offering walk-up vaccines to residents 18 and older who still need their first dose. This is happening on Mondays and Fridays at the Ashland Clinic on Junction Drive. Walk-ins are accepted from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, walk-ins are accepted from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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COVID-19 at local universities

Virginia Commonwealth University

As of April 20, the college has reported:

  • 43 active student cases and 5 active employee cases of COVID-19.
  • 2 students are in isolation on campus.
  • 6 students are in quarantine on campus.

University of Richmond

As of April 19, here is what the college has reported:

  • 4 current active COVID-19 cases
  • March 2021 monthly positivity was 0.5%
  • 25,652 total COVID-19 tests*

*Total COVID tests are the total number of PCR or antigen tests conducted by UR or self-reported by students, faculty and staff.

Local COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia

  • Charles City County: 500 cases, 15 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 27,453 cases, 428 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,702 cases, 61 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,568 cases, 72 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 3,834 cases, 84 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 16,889 cases, 258 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 2,105 cases, 43 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,435 cases, 23 deaths
  • Hanover County: 8,008 cases, 155 deaths
  • Henrico County: 25,151 cases, 607 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,487 cases, 17 deaths
  • Powhatan County: 1,900 cases, 16 deaths

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