Free COVID-19 testing
12/3/2020, 6 p.m.
Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.
The Richmond and Henrico County health districts are offering testing at the following locations:
• Thursday, Dec. 3, 1 to 4 p.m., The Diamond parking lot, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., drive-thru testing.
• Friday, Dec. 4, 1 to 3 p.m., Eastern Henrico Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., Eastern Henrico. Drive- thru testing only for those pre-registered.
• Tuesday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon., Eastern Henrico Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., Eastern Henrico. Drive- thru testing only for those pre-registered.
• Thursday, Dec. 10, 2 to 4 p.m., Southwood Management Property Office, 400 Southwood Parkway, South Side. Rain date: Friday, Dec. 11 at Eastern Henrico Health Department.
• Friday, Dec. 11, 1 to 3 p.m., Eastern Henrico Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., Eastern Henrico. Drive-thru testing only for those pre-registered.
Appointments are encouraged by calling the Richmond and Henrico COVID-19 Hotline at (804) 205-3501 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Testing will be offered while test supplies last.
The Chesterfield County Health Department also is offering free COVID-19 testing at the following locations:
• Second Baptist Church, 5100 W. Hundred Road, Chester, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7,14, 21 and 28; and 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18.
• Walmsley Boulevard United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd., 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 8, 15, 22 and 29; and 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 3,10, 17 and 31.
• St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 9, 16 and 30.
• Faith and Family Center, 7900 Walmsley Blvd., 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 31.
• Chesterfield Health Department, Smith-Wagner Building Multi-Purpose Room, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.
Testing is encouraged for those who have COVID-19 symptoms. The testing is free, and no reservations are necessary.
Details: Chesterfield County Health Department at (804) 318-8207.
As the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Virginia continue to climb, state officials announced this week that Virginia will receive about 70,000 doses of Pfizer’s new coronavirus vaccine in the coming weeks. The initial shipment will be available to front line health care workers, followed by residents and staff at long-term care facilities and those who are deemed medically vulnerable.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Lilian Peake said an estimated 500,000 people are in the initial priority group to receive the vaccine.
Officials said they are closely monitoring the case numbers in Virginia following the Thanksgiving holiday, which are expected to rise. Gov. Ralph S. Northam said at a news conference Wednesday that officials “will evaluate whether further mitigation steps are necessary.”
The latest numbers locally include an outbreak affecting more than 100 people at the Laurels of Bon Air, a nursing and rehabilitation center in Chesterfield, and two more GRTC employees testing positive for the virus this week, bringing the total of cases among GRTC staff to 27, including five active cases.
The Virginia Department of Health reported on Wednesday a total of 242,480 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide, along with 14,883 hospitalizations and 4,113 deaths.
According to Virginia data, African-Americans comprised 22.5 percent of cases and 26.2 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 24.2 percent of the cases and 8.8 percent of deaths.
Locally, as of Wednesday, 6,803 cases and 82 deaths were reported in Richmond; 8,549 cases and 255 deaths were reported in Henrico; and 9,563 cases and 131 deaths were reported in Chesterfield.