Coronavirus update: Case numbers normalize after Christmas Day reporting

Coronavirus update: Case numbers normalize after Christmas Day reporting

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As regular testing sites re-opened following Christmas, Virginia saw 3,998 new cases of coronavirus the Virginia Department of Health reported.

The holiday saw the number of new cases fall to just over 1,500 on Saturday, but on Sunday the numbers returned to where they were in the lead-up to Christmas.

In total, the commonwealth has reported 329,577 cases and 4,840 COVID-19 deaths. Virginia’s current 7-day positivity rate — using PCR tests only — is 12.2%.

According to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s dashboard, there are 2,454 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have test results that are pending. Of those patients, 548 are in the ICU and 299 are on a ventilator.

The VHHA’s dashboard also says that the ICU occupancy rate, with was 67% last year, is currently at 78%. Overall, nearly 30,000 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital in Virginia.

NEW COVID-19 VACCINE DASHBOARD

VDH has also set up a new COVID-19 vaccine dashboard which includes a summary of vaccinations and demographics.

Currently, the VDH said COVID-19 vaccines require two doses given three or four weeks apart. Both doses are needed to prevent or reduce the severity of the coronavirus. They said information entered into the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS) will allow providers to know when to give the second dose and which type of vaccine to give a patient.

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As of Friday, a total of 43,043 doses have been administered but nobody in Virginia is fully vaccinated.

TRAVELING DURING PANDEMIC

Thousands of Virginians are getting ready to travel for the holiday season despite health officials recommending people stay home. As you head out make sure to check coronavirus restrictions in other states.

The CDC recommends following these steps to protect yourself and others when you travel:

  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others as much as possible.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
  • Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterward.
  • Wear a cloth face mask.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often. It’s especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub your hands together until they feel dry.

TESTING LOCATIONS NEAR YOU

CHESTERFIELD

  • Monday, Dec. 28 – 1 to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road
  • Tuesday, Dec. 29 – 10 a.m. to noon. Walmsley United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd.
  • Wednesdays: Dec. 30 – 10 a.m. to noon. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road
  • Thursday: Dec. 31 – 10 a.m. to noon. Walmsley United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd.
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RICHMOND

  • Tuesday, Dec. 29 — 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd
    • Drive-thru event
    • Call COVID-19 hotline to register, (804) 205-3501

Flu vaccines are also available every day Monday-Friday throughout December (closed on the 24th and 25th), 8:00 am-4:30 pm at Richmond City Health District (400 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23220).

LOCAL COVID-19 CASES

  • Charles City County: 184 cases, 8 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 12,321 cases, 164 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 575 cases, 28 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 816 cases, 10 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 8,774 cases, 91 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 838 cases, 14 deaths
  • Goochland County: 594 cases, 7 deaths
  • Hanover County: 3,589 cases, 69 deaths
  • Henrico County: 11,650 cases, 287 deaths
  • New Kent County: 599 cases, 5 death
  • Powhatan County: 753 cases, 6 deaths
  • A GRTC contractor tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. This is the 4th contractor in the GRTC workforce to contract the virus and the 43rd case overall.

  • A family and a team of doctors at University of Missouri Health Care are calling the recovery of a 3-year-old boy the best Christmas present ever after the boy had COVID-19, which caused a stroke.

  • Millions of people in the U.K. faced tough new coronavirus restrictions Saturday, with Scotland and Northern Ireland demanding tighter measures to try to halt a new variant of the virus that is believed to spread more quickly.

  • The Virginia Department of Health reported the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth had dropped off the day after Christmas.

  • Germany, Hungary and Slovakia began giving out their first coronavirus vaccine shots on Saturday only hours after receiving their first shipments, upsetting the European Union’s plans for a coordinated rollout Sunday across the bloc’s 27 nations.

  • A Black doctor who died battling COVID-19 complained of racist medical care in widely shared social media posts days before her death, prompting an Indiana hospital system to promise a “full external review” into her treatment.

  • The U.S. government will mandate a negative coronavirus test to travel from the United Kingdom, the agency announced on Christmas Eve.

  • After hitting a record number of new coronavirus cases for a second day in a row Thursday, Virginia reported 4,078 additional infections and 29 deaths on Christmas morning.

  • As much of the country experiences spiking virus rates, a reprieve from a devastating surge of the coronavirus in the Upper Midwest has given cautious relief to health officials, though they worry that infections remain rampant and holiday gatherings could reignite the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.

  • Families that usually reunite on Christmas over a hearty, lingering meal celebrated apart Friday, services shifted online, and gift exchanges were low-key in one of the most unusual and subdued holiday seasons in decades.

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