Coronavirus update: Virginia reports 1,415 new COVID-19 cases; 22.7% of population fully vaccinated

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Thursday, April 15:

Virginia’s vaccination effort

Virginia is getting 76,396 doses into arms each day on average. According to the state’s health department, more than 4.9 million doses have been administered in Virginia.

As of April 15, 22.7% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated. More than three million people in the state have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.

However, vaccination numbers may go down in the coming days now that Virginia is pausing all Johnson & Johnson vaccinations.

This decision was made after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration announced they were investigating unusual clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The administrations suggested states pause the distribution of these vaccines in the meantime.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations

The Virginia Department of Health reported 1,415 new cases, which includes those who tested positive and people with known exposure to COVID-19. In total, Virginia has reported 641,626 COVID-19 cases and 10,529 deaths.

As of today, the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is reporting that 1,052 people are currently in the hospital with COVID-19, with 261 of those patients in the ICU. There are 145 people currently on a ventilator.

COVID-19 testing events

  • Thursday, April 22: East Henrico Health Department, 1400 N Laburnum Avenue. 2 to 4 p.m.

COVID-19 at local universities

Virginia Commonwealth University

As of April 14, the college has reported:

  • 44 active student cases and 9 active employee cases of COVID-19.
  • 4 students are in isolation on campus.
  • 10 students are in quarantine on campus.

University of Richmond

As of April 14, here is what the college has reported:

  • 7 current active COVID-19 cases
  • March 2021 monthly positivity was 0.5%
  • 24,507 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.US recommends pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine use over blood clots 

Local COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia

  • Charles City County: 502 cases, 16 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 27,740 cases, 431 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,705 cases, 61 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,585 cases, 73 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 3,867 cases, 86 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 16,980 cases, 263 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 2,120 cases, 44 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,446 cases, 23 deaths
  • Hanover County: 8,087 cases, 157 deaths
  • Henrico County: 25,309 cases, 611 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,496 cases, 18 deaths
  • Powhatan County: 1,910 cases, 17 deaths

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