Coronavirus Sunday updates: Va. confirmed cases rise to 890 with 22 deaths, HRT employee tests positive, 5th case at NNS


The latest coronavirus updates:

6:15 p.m. Henrico County reports 18 new cases of coronavirus at rehabilitation & healthcare center.

5:45 p.m. VDH reported the eighth death of a Peninsula resident due to the coronavirus. This case was not included in today’s VDH case totals. It will be added tomorrow. No further details are available.

3 p.m. Norfolk City Councilman Tommy Smigiel warns residents of the possible closure of beaches in Ocean View as more people disregard social distancing practices.

The councilman sounded off on social media Sunday afternoon, asking the community to “be smart” as the confirmed cases of COVID-19 keeps rising in Virginia.

1 p.m. A fifth confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported at Newport News Shipbuilding.

President Jennifer Boykin confirmed the report on social media Sunday afternoon.

Boykin said the employee worked at building 600-1, (Off-Yard Office, 39th St. and Marshall Ave.). The last time the employee was at NNS was on March 13.

9:40 a.m. Hampton Road Transit officials reported Sunday morning that an employee has tested positive for the coronavirus.

In a letter from HRT, they say the employee, who worked in the light rail division, last showed up to work on March 17. They have since been quarantined.

This marks the first HRT employee to have a confirmed case of the virus.

9:30 a.m. The Superintendent of Newport News Public Schools provided an update on the academic plan for the remainder of the school year, now that all schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The lesson plans are all posted on the At-Home Learning website.

9 a.m. The confirmed cases in Virginia rose to 890 Sunday from 739 on Saturday. The Virginia Department of Health reported 5 deaths Sunday.

Below are latest numbers of confirmed cases in Hampton Roads

Chesapeake: 15
Hampton: 7
Newport News: 17
Norfolk: 14
Portsmouth: 4
Virginia Beach: 49
Williamsburg: 7
Gloucester: 6
Isle of Wight: 3
James City: 70
Mathews: 2
Southampton: 1
York: 9

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) updates its website daily with the following COVID-19 data: The number of people tested in Virginia, the total number of confirmed cases, the number of people hospitalized and the number of deaths reported.

For the latest numbers, CLICK HERE.

An interactive database created by reflects the approximate number of coronavirus tests conducted in each state in the United States to date.

Detailed information by county on closures, meetings, and town services:

Read more on school closings, cancellations in Hampton Roads, North Carolina due to coronavirus outbreak.

Read more on student meal distributions for Virginia and North Carolina.

Drive-Thru screening and testing will resume on Monday, March 30.

The most up-to-date drive-thru screening and testing information is available at

Sentara officials have asked residents to heed several precautions amid the virus outbreak.

Before you leave the house, do you have 2 of the 3 symptoms below:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

In the last month, have you been in contact with someone who was confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, OR have you traveled internationally or to an area with a known COVID-19 outbreak? (Check the latest high-risk travel areas here)

Please, stay home. Continue to follow the CDC recommended prevention methods and monitor for a change in symptoms.

If you are BELOW age 60 and have no other health issues, you should stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days. 

If you are OVER age 60 OR have underlying health conditions, please follow these steps:

  1. Call your healthcare provider for further guidance.
  2. If you don’t have a primary care provider, view our virtual care options by clicking here or visit one of our drive-thru screening locations.
  3. If you require immediate medical attention, please call your nearest emergency department. View our list of Sentara emergency departments by clicking here.

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