Coronavirus update: Northam continues to push vaccinations; Virginia’s positivity rate is at 3.2%

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia’s daily new COVID-19 cases have been trending downwards since April. This morning the Virginia Department of Health reported 378 new cases. The daily 7-day average for cases reported is 464.

The current positivity rate in the state is 3.2%.

Health experts believe vaccinations in the Commonwealth are helping lower daily cases and infection rates.

As of May 18, 37.8% of Virginia’s population has been fully vaccinated. Nearly 50% of the state’s residents have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam removed the state’s mask mandate as a result of the state’s improving COVID-19 data. Fully-vaccinated Virginians are now able to go without a mask or face covering in many public settings.

Northam is still encouraging residents to get vaccinated. Today is a day of action, , called “It’s Our Shot, Virginia: Statewide Day of Action.” The goal is to help Virginians make a plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine, then encourage their communities to do the same.

Gov. Northam remains confident the Commonwealth will meet President Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4.

Local vaccination events

Chesterfield County residents can get vaccinated at St. Augustine Church today from 4 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome but residents are encouraged to register online since there are only 300 slots available.

Shots will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. If you can’t go today, you’ll have a second opportunity next Wednesday at the same time and place.

Hanover County middle schools are hosting vaccine clinics for district students. The FDA recently authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for use in children as young as 12. Children in the district can get vaccinated at the following events:

  • Tuesday, May 18, at Chickahominy Middle School from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 18, at Liberty Middle School from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, May 24, at Bell Creek Middle School from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • Monday, May 24, at Oak Knoll Middle School from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

*The 1:30-3:30 p.m. clinics will be for students only and not open to the public. The 4-6 p.m. clinics will be for eligible middle and high schoolers.

Local COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia

  • Charles City County: 501 cases, 16 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 27,825 cases, 431 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,708 cases, 61 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,593 cases, 75 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 3,879 cases, 86 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 17,011 cases, 266 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 2,126 cases, 44 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,451 cases, 23 deaths
  • Hanover County: 8,139 cases, 158 deaths
  • Henrico County: 25,367 cases, 612 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,499 cases, 18 deaths
  • Powhatan County: 1,911 cases, 17 deaths

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