RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Wednesday, January 20:
Virginia’s case count has increased by 4,515 since Tuesday, bringing the total of COVID-19 cases to 455,591.
Deaths from COVID-19 have also increased to 5,861 — 5,137 confirmed and 724 probable.
The state’s positivity rate decreased to 13.5 percent.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Virginia
According to the Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association, 36,103 COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital.
Currently, there are 3,098 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have pending test results. Of those patients, 554 are in the ICU and 338 are on a ventilator.
Vaccine summary for Virginia
VDH is reporting that 320,593 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Jan. 20.
A total of 39,458 people have been fully vaccinated in Virginia. A majority of the people fully vaccinated are in the 30-39 age group.
On average 18,740 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.
- Mondays: Jan. 25 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road.
- Wednesdays: Jan. 20 and 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.
Local COVID-19 cases
- Charles City County: 410 cases, 12 deaths
- Chesterfield County: 23,812 cases, 356 deaths
- City of Colonial Heights: 1,386 cases, 46 deaths
- City of Hopewell: 2,145 cases, 54 deaths
- City of Petersburg: 3,220 cases, 64 deaths
- City of Richmond: 14,971 cases, 214 deaths
- Dinwiddie County: 1,825 cases, 33 deaths
- Goochland County: 1,225 cases, 17 deaths
- Hanover County: 6,782 cases, 138 deaths
- Henrico County: 21,639cases, 537 deaths
- New Kent County: 1,258 cases, 12 death
- Powhatan County: 1,661 cases, 10 deaths
- Some Virginia residents are raising concerns about COVID-19 vaccination scheduling. They told 8News, they're worried that there could be a potential to miss an opportunity for an appointment, as the Department of Health is reaching out through unknown numbers.
- Some New York lawmakers are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's impeachment after reports late Thursday that his top aides altered a state Health Department report to omit the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state's nursing homes.
- A total of 763,439 people have been fully vaccinated in Virginia. According to the most recent Census data, there are 8,535,519 people living in the state.
- Health experts are trying to determine how effective the COVID-19 vaccine is at stopping the spread of the virus.
- A family is grieving a loss as painful as it is surprising. They believe 48-year-old father Ben Price took his own life after developing a rare and little understood phenomenon called "COVID psychosis."
- The Crater Health District will now be holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Virginia State University. The first clinic will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the VSU Multi-Purpose Center.
- Some people are now scouring the internet on the hunt for vaccine events and possible extra doses. They then show up at local pharmacies hoping to score a shot.
- The report links obesity with a series of health complications related to COVID-19. It found that increased bodyweight "is the second greatest predictor of hospitalization and a high risk of death for people suffering from COVID-19."
- Physicians nationwide have noticed the COVID-19 vaccine can cause swollen lymph nodes that mammograms are picking up, said a Louisiana radiologist.
- The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced that a child in Central Virginia died from complications of a chronic health condition and COVID-19.