Virginia COVID-19 Update, Many Restrictions Eased

Alexandra Tsuneta

In Virginia, many COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted and eased.
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Gov. Ralph Northam has lifted many COVID-19 restrictions and Virginians are now free to gather much like they were able to prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we must remember that many people are not able to get vaccinated (chronically ill, etc) and we should still continue to mask and protect others from a potentially fatal virus.

Despite Gov. Ralph Northam lifting mask mandates throughout Virginia for fully vaccinated people, businesses can decide whether or not they allow people not to wear a mask. It is up to local businesses to decide whether or not they allow unmasked patrons, not the state of Virginia or the CDC.

The CDC lifting the mask mandate for fully vaccinated people has come as a shock to many, people have tons of questions and very few answers, including but not limited to how people will know who is vaccinated and who is unvaccinated.

According to ABC 8 News, "The Virginia Department of Health on Saturday reported 685 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 669,904. There have been 11,008 deaths."

ABC 8 News has provided Virginians with local COVID-19 updates, listed below:

Local COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

  • Children in Virginia ages 12 and older can now get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer is the only vaccine that’s been authorized so far for use in kids aged 12-17, and they can get the shots using the same avenues as adults.
  • The Hanover County Vaccination Center is putting out one last call for residents to get their shots. They have appointments available for the month of May, but walk-ins are welcome. The center is located at 135 Junction Drive, Ashland, VA.
  • The Chickahominy Health District is offering walk-up vaccines to residents 18 and older who still need their first dose. This is happening on Fridays at the Ashland Clinic on Junction Drive. Walk-ins are accepted from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, walk-ins are accepted from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Local COVID-19 cases in Central Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard has been undergoing maintenance since the evening of May 14. Local case numbers were not available for May 15. The following numbers are as of May 14:

  • Charles City County: 500 cases, 16 deaths
  • Chesterfield County: 27,655 cases, 428 deaths
  • City of Colonial Heights: 1,707 cases, 61 deaths
  • City of Hopewell: 2,578 cases, 72 deaths
  • City of Petersburg: 3,858 cases, 84 deaths
  • City of Richmond: 16,940 cases, 259 deaths
  • Dinwiddie County: 2,118 cases, 43 deaths
  • Goochland County: 1,438 cases, 23 deaths
  • Hanover County: 8,030 cases, 155 deaths
  • Henrico County: 25,257 cases, 608 deaths
  • New Kent County: 1,486 cases, 17 deaths
  • Powhatan County: 1,908 cases, 16 deaths

For more updates on COVID-19 in Virginia, follow along below.

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