Free COVID-19 testing

1/14/2021, 6 p.m.
Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

Free community testing for COVID-19 continues.

The Richmond and Henrico County health districts are offering testing at the following locations:

Thursday, Jan. 14, 1 to 3 p.m., Broad Rock Community Center, 4615 Ferguson Lane, South Side.

Friday, Jan. 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Eastern Henrico Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., in Eastern Henrico. Drive- thru testing.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.to noon, Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue, North Side.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to noon, Regency Square parking deck, 1420 N. Parham Road, Western Henrico. Drive-thru testing.

Friday, Jan. 22, Eastern Henrico Health Department, 1400 N. Laburnum Ave., in Eastern Henrico. Drive-thru testing.

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 location:

Second Baptist Church, 5100 W. Hundred Road, Chester, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 and 25.

St. Augustine Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road, North Chesterfield, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 and 27.

Chesterfield County Health Department, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle, Smith-Wagner Building Multipurpose room, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 23.

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.

Infections from COVID-19 now exceed 92 million confirmed cases worldwide and 22.9 million in the United States. Nearly 2 million people globally have lost their lives, including more than 381,000 deaths in the United States.

In Virginia, data posted Wednesday showed that 4,598 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the last 24 hours, raising the cumulative total to 412,545 cases statewide, along with 19,470 hospitalizations and 5,552 deaths.

According to Virginia data, African-Americans comprised 21.1 percent of cases and 24.5 percent of deaths for which ethnic and racial data is available, while Latinos made up 19.3 percent of the cases and 7.8 percent of deaths. Locally, as of Wednesday, 10,698 cases, 595 hospitalizations and 116 deaths were reported in Richmond; 14,900 cases, 714 hospitalizations and 311 deaths were reported in Henrico; and 15,057 cases, 630 hospitalizations and 186 deaths were reported in Chesterfield.

GRTC announced Monday that an employee died of the virus on Jan. 9 after testing positive on Dec. 17 and being hospitalized Dec. 22. Virginia Education Association President James J. Fedderman has called for all public schools to move to all-virtual instruction until staff members have been vaccinated.

A vote Tuesday evening by the Chesterfield School Board will allow some students to return to in-person learning on Feb. 1, while Henrico County Public Schools has delayed the return to in-person learning indefinitely to allow school nurses to help distribute COVID-19 vaccines to school employees.

Virginia Commonwealth University also announced that spring semester classes will begin virtually on Jan. 25, with officials hoping to resume in-person classes on or before March 8.