RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the Virginia Department of Health for Saturday, Jan. 16:

Virginia is reporting a huge spike in the number of new cases and deaths. After reporting just over 4,700 new cases on Friday, Virginia Department of Health is reporting 6,757 new cases and 50 new deaths on Saturday.

The total number of Virginians who have lost their lives to COVID-19 is 5,706 — 5,016 confirmed and 690 probable.

Currently, there are 429,391 COVID-19 cases in the state. A total of 2,135 outbreaks have contributed to 51,590 COVID-19 cases in the state.

The positivity rate has been decreasing slightly this week and is now at 14.7 percent.

According to the Virginia Hospitals and Healthcare Association, 35,095 COVID-19 patients were discharged from the hospital. Currently, there are 2,792 patients in the hospital who either have COVID-19 or have pending test results. Of those patients, 561 are in the ICU and 354 are on a ventilator.

Vaccine summary for Virginia

VDH is reporting that 295,202 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of Jan. 16, with a total of 943,400 vaccine doses distributed.

A total of 32,059 people have been fully vaccinated in Virginia. A majority of the people fully vaccinated are in the 30-39 age group.

Testing locations near you


  • Mondays: Jan. 18 and 25 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 5100 West Hundred Road.
  • Wednesdays: Jan. 20 and 27 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road.
  • Saturday, Jan. 23 – 10 a.m. to noon. Chesterfield Health Department, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle


Richmond and Henrico district residents can call the COVID-19 hotline to register at (804) 205-3501.
Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except major holidays.

Click here to find a test near you.

COVID-19 at local universities

Virginia Commonwealth University

As of Jan. 15, the college has reported:

  • 81 active student cases and 32 active employee cases of COVID-19.
  • 3 students are in isolation on campus.
  • 4 students are in quarantine on campus.

University of Richmond

As of Jan. 15, here is what the college has reported:

  • 14 active cases of COVID-19.
  • The total positivity rate for December is 3.9 percent

James Madison University

The university’s dashboard as of Jan. 14 shows that:

  • 23 total (students and employees) active cases.
  • 1,771 people have recovered from the virus since July.
  • Read about one JMU student’s experience with COVID-19 here.

Local COVID-19 cases

  • Charles City County: 276 cases, 9 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 15,769 cases, 193 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 775 cases, 30 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 1,180 cases, 12 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 1,869 cases, 35 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 11,059 cases, 118 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 1,186 cases, 17 deaths
  • Goochland County: 817 cases, 7 deaths
  • Hanover County: 4,947 cases, 83 deaths
  • Henrico County: 15,557 cases, 316 deaths
  • New Kent County: 850 cases, 7 deaths
  • Powhatan County: 1,114 cases, 6 deaths
Coronavirus Updates
  • The CDC said it is about 50% more contagious than the virus that is causing the bulk of cases in this country so far.

  • New Jersey made millions of people eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including smokers, a move that prompted gripes about them skipping to the front of the inoculation line.

  • Almost 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for Chesterfield County Public Schools to reconsider their decision to allow elementary schools to resume full-time in-person learning on Feb. 1. The petition, organized by parents, is a call to protect teachers.

  • Today, Virginia State University welcomed students back to campus with new safety measures in place. The university is just one of several colleges implementing procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Thousands of registrations for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine event at Richmond Raceway have been canceled after people who were not eligible for the event received a signup link in error and used it to register for the vaccine.

  • The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but four states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates that have alarmed health experts and frustrated residents.

  • Many states and counties ask people to make appointments online, but glitchy websites, overwhelmed phone lines and a patchwork of fast-changing rules are bedeviling older people who are often less tech-savvy, may live far from vaccination sites and are more likely to not have internet access at all, especially people of color and those who […]

  • The global death toll from COIVID-19 topped 2 million Friday as vaccines developed at breakneck speed are being rolled out around the world in an all-out campaign to vanquish the threat.

  • Some have complained that people from outside of the county are taking up appointment slots in Hillsborough County.

  • COVID-19 related deaths in the Commonwealth have increased by 15, bringing the total number of Virginians who have lost their lives to 5,656.

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