Va. Tuesday coronavirus update: Statewide cases up to 290

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4:30 p.m. A Mathews County Public Schools employee has tested positive for coronavirus, officials say.

4 p.m. The Virginia Department of Health website now lists the total deaths from coronavirus in the state at 7.

There are 290 cases and 45 hospitalizations reported thus far.

1:30 p.m. The Virginia Department of Education released guidelines answering vital questions for staff, students and families after K-12 schools closed for the rest of the academic year.

In a superintendent’s memo, VDOE said any 12th- grade student on track to graduate, will graduate on time. Students who are on track will be promoted to the next grade level, the state’s Department of Education said.

The VDOE said they want to ensure that students– regardless of income, access, English learner status, or special needs — are treated equally.

12 p.m. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Virginia is now at least 290, the Virginia Department of Health announced Tuesday.

It’s up from 254 cases on Monday and 219 on Sunday.

VDH’s website still listed 6 deaths as of its noon Tuesday update, however Virginia Beach health officials said a Virginia Beach man in his 70s died Monday. That makes the death count at least 7.

6 of the 7 deaths statewide have been reported in the Tidewater area, including 5 in James City County alone.

4,470 people had been tested as of noon Tuesday, and a total of 45 people have been hospitalized, that’s up 7 from Monday’s number of 38. That status of the people who are still hospitalized is unclear.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who announced statewide closures of some non-essential businesses and K-12 schools on Monday, is expected to hold another daily press conference on Tuesday at 2 p.m. (his new usual press conference time).

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