RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest from the Virginia Department of Health on coronavirus for Friday, December 4.
The state is reporting 2,877 new COVID-19 cases this morning. This has been the highest daily case increase all week. The state’s positivity rate is at an all-time high — 9.5 percent. We can expect this trend to keep rising because of people getting tested before and after the holidays this month.
The total number of cases in Virginia is now 247,380. There have been a total of 1,582 COVID-19 outbreaks since the pandemic started leading to 34,810 associated cases.
Hospitalizations in Virginia are also on the rise. The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association is reporting that the total number of currently hospitalizaed patients with a confirmed positive result for COVID-19 is 1,486.
Health officials fear that some regions will run out of hospital beds for people sick with COVID-19. One model predicts that space will run out by January.
On Thursday, Virginia Department of Health data put hospitalizations statewide at 1,853, a grim figure representing a gradual increase of more than 800 inpatient admissions over the last month. The total also surpasses previous peaks, including the initial wave last spring that prompted Gov. Ralph Northam’s Administration to begin planning for field hospitals.
“Rights are important but we need to emphasize responsibility and, in some part of the state, if you get this virus and need to go to the hospital there is not a bed for you near your home,” Northam said during his press conference on Wednesday.
TESTING LOCATIONS NEAR YOU
- Mondays: Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road
- Tuesdays: Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29 – 10 a.m. to noon. Walmsley United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd.
- Wednesdays: Dec. 9, 16, 30 – 10 a.m. to noon. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road
- Thursdays: Dec. 3, 10, 17, 31 – 10 a.m. to noon. Walmsley United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd.
- Fridays: Dec. 4, 11, 18 – 10 a.m. to noon. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road
- Friday: Dec. 4 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eastern Henrico Health Department on 1400 N Laburnum Ave.
- Saturdays: Dec. 5, 12, 19 – 10 a.m. to noon. Chesterfield Health Department, Smith-Wagner Building Multi-Purpose Room, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle
As of Dec. 3, the university has reported:
- 30 active student cases and 8 active employee cases of COVID-19.
- 4 students in isolation on campus.
- 13 students are in quarantine on campus.
As of Dec. 2, here is what the university has reported:
- 101 total cases and 5 active case of COVID-19.
- The university said the monthly testing positivity rate for November is 1.2 percent.
The university’s dashboard as of Dec. 3, shows that:
- 9 total (students and employees) active cases.
- 1,666 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: 276 cases, 9 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 15,425 cases, 191 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 758 cases, 30 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 1,158 cases, 12 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 1,811 cases, 35 deaths
- City of Richmond: 10,915 cases, 118 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,153 cases, 17 deaths
- Goochland County: 814 cases, 7 deaths
- Hanover County: 4,921 cases, 83 deaths
- Henrico County: 15,231 cases, 313 deaths
- New Kent County: 843 cases, 7 death
- Powhatan County: 1,086 cases, 6 deaths
- The CDC said it is about 50% more contagious than the virus that is causing the bulk of cases in this country so far.
- New Jersey made millions of people eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including smokers, a move that prompted gripes about them skipping to the front of the inoculation line.
- Chesterfield teachers to begin getting vaccine next week as parent-led petition aims to delay in-person instructionAlmost 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for Chesterfield County Public Schools to reconsider their decision to allow elementary schools to resume full-time in-person learning on Feb. 1. The petition, organized by parents, is a call to protect teachers.
- Today, Virginia State University welcomed students back to campus with new safety measures in place. The university is just one of several colleges implementing procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Thousands receive link for COVID-19 vaccine event at Richmond Raceway by mistake, registrations canceledThousands of registrations for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine event at Richmond Raceway have been canceled after people who were not eligible for the event received a signup link in error and used it to register for the vaccine.
- The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but four states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates that have alarmed health experts and frustrated residents.
- Many states and counties ask people to make appointments online, but glitchy websites, overwhelmed phone lines and a patchwork of fast-changing rules are bedeviling older people who are often less tech-savvy, may live far from vaccination sites and are more likely to not have internet access at all, especially people of color and those who […]
- The global death toll from COIVID-19 topped 2 million Friday as vaccines developed at breakneck speed are being rolled out around the world in an all-out campaign to vanquish the threat.
- Some have complained that people from outside of the county are taking up appointment slots in Hillsborough County.
- COVID-19 related deaths in the Commonwealth have increased by 15, bringing the total number of Virginians who have lost their lives to 5,656.