Friday Coronavirus Update

Total number of cases of COVID-19 in Virginia now stands at 34,137. Total hospitalizations are at 4,093 and total deaths stand at 1,099. Latest numbers from the state put Alleghany County with 9 cases and four hospitalizations, Covington with three cases and Botetourt County with 31 cases, nine hospitalizations and three deaths.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says almost 30,000 adults have enrolled in the state’s expanded Medicaid program since he declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Northam said Wednesday that more than 420,000 Virginians have enrolled in Medicaid since the state voted to expand it two years ago.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday expanded his aggressive plan to lift coronavirus restrictions after announcing new hotspots in the state’s eastern panhandle. The Republican governor said he is considering a mandatory face mask order for Berkeley and Jefferson counties after at least 35 new cases were reported there in a single day. He has dispatched the National Guard to the region to assess the situation.