Hospitalizations for coronavirus are trending downward in Virginia with more than 22,000 coronavirus patients now discharged from hospitals, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.
Residents at nursing and assisted living facilities will likely not be able to have Thanksgiving with their loved ones this year, but staff at places like Rosewood Village are trying to keep residents connected to their family, even if it's not in person.
VCU Health has submitted its intent to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the Virginia Department of Health once a vaccine becomes available for public distribution and that it's working with the VDH and other area health care systems and the CDC to support a statewide distribution plan.
The rise in COVID-19 cases comes just before the holidays, when get-togethers with family & friends are a big part of the festivities. Now is the time to solidify those safe celebration plans to slow the spread.
On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper and Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, unveiled the that’s now county alert system, which is designed to identify the counties with the highest metrics.
Most nursing homes aren’t allowing visitors right now and it’s all in the name of safety, but it doesn’t make it any easier for families. But nurses are stepping up and filling new roles to keep families as connected as possible.
Starting Monday, bars and restaurants must stop on-site alcohol sales at 10 p.m. and close by midnight. Eric Terry, the president of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, says he’s expecting the job security –– particularly of bartenders and late-night staff –– to be impacted.
There are also safe ways to spend the holiday with people outside your household. But the Centers for Disease Control says the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with people in your household.
The commonwealth has announced bolstered efforts towards expanding its public health COVID-19 testing capacity by awarding contracts to Virginia Tech, University of Virginia Medical Center, and Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk.
Governor Northam and the Virginia Emergency Support Team announced Tuesday afternoon that the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and percent positivity rate has trended upward in the past month.