Free COVID-19 testing
10/15/2020, 6 p.m.
Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.
The Richmond and Henrico County health districts are offering testing at the following locations:
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:
• Cornerstone Church, 10551 Chalkley Road, 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19 and 26, and Thursday, Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29.
•Walmsley Boulevard United Methodist Church, 2950 Walmsley Blvd., 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20 and 27.
• Faith and Family Center, 7900 Walmsley Blvd., 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 24 and 31.
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.
The Virginia Department of Health reported on Wednesday a total of 161,610 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide, along with 11,628 hospitalizations and 3,381 deaths. Officials reported a steady 4.9 percent positivity rate statewide.
According to the data, African-Americans comprised 25 percent of cases and 27.1 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 28.6 percent of the cases and 9.8 percent of deaths.
Richmond experienced a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases last week, according to health officials. Dr. Danny Avula, director of the Richmond and Henrico County health districts, cited outbreaks at the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center in South Richmond and resulting from a recent wedding as the major contributors in this spike.
Dr. Avula said during an Oct. 8 news conference that contact tracers are working to determine exposures, although he didn’t share where the wedding was held or how many guests were present.
“Residents from across the region all congregated at this wedding and there are multiple cases that we continue to work out of that incident,” Dr. Avula said.
Four deaths and more than 80 people tested positive for the virus also were reported at Tyler’s Retreat at Iron Bridge, a retirement community in Chesterfield County. According to the data, African- Americans comprised 25.3 percent of cases and 27.2 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 29.2 percent of the cases and 9.8 percent of deaths.