- Virginia administered over 5,800 tests yesterday, the highest number administered in one day thus far.
- Non-emergent procedures were able to resume as of today, May 1.
HOSPITALS, PPE AND TESTING
- Virginia is receiving three PPE decontamination units in the coming weeks.
- Each of these units can decontaminate up to 80,000 masks and gowns per day using hydrogen peroxide vapor, meaning that Virginia will soon have the capability to clean and re-use 240,000 masks per day.
- The first of these units is being set up in
Blacksburg, to be shared with both West Virginia and Tennessee.
- The other two units will be built in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas.
- Virginia reached our highest number of tests administered yesterday with over 5,800 tests.
- The CDC has issued new specimen collection
guidelines that will make testing both safer and more accessible.
can now be collected with nasal swabs instead of nasal pharyngeal swabs.
- These are both easier to administer and more readily available.
- Specimens can now be collected with nasal swabs instead of nasal pharyngeal swabs.
- Virginia is contracting with two in-state private labs, and another in North Carolina, to increase testing capability by an additional 3,000 tests per day.
- As testing capability increases steadily, any individual who believes that they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to seek testing from their healthcare provider.
COVID-19 CASES, STATISTICS AND MODELING
- Total cases: 16,901
- 1,055 new cases in the last 24 hour reporting period
- Total deaths: 581
- 29 new deaths in the last 24 hour reporting period
- Total tests administered: 105,648
- Reporting methodology has changed from showing
the total number of individuals tested, to now show the total number of tests
- Now, each test, even if one individual was given multiple different tests, will be reported.
- This will make the ratio of positive tests to total tests as accurate as possible.
LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES
- The task force created by the Governor to
prevent and manage outbreaks in long term care facilities is now conducting
“point prevalence surveys” in any facility with 2 or more positive cases.
- In these surveys, every individual in the facility is tested in the same day.
- Any facility with a suspected case can request
comprehensive testing from their local health district, and are encouraged to
- The National Guard is available to assist in administering the tests.
Northam proposed a budget amendment that would allow Games of Skill to remain
open in restaurants and convenience stores for one more year, being taxed
monthly at $1,200 per machine.
- This additional revenue would go into a COVID-19 relief fund for these businesses.