Friday Coronavirus Update

There are currently 88,904 cases of coronavirus cumulatively in Virginia with 7,786 hospitalizations and 2,141 deaths.

Virginia’s governor and two U.S. senators urged President Trump to respond to the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak that has occurred inside an immigrant detention center, calling it a “dire situation.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 262 undocumented immigrants are being monitored at the privately owned Farmville Detention Center after testing positive for COVID-19, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Immigrant advocates have called the detention center a “tinderbox” of infection and Gov. Ralph Northam as well as U.S. senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, all Democrats, have urged Trump to send in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help stem the outbreak.

The outbreak “presents a clear risk to individuals within the facility, but also endangers the broader community as facility staff and released detainees have interaction with the general public,” Sen. Tim Kaine and Sen. Mark R. Warner wrote in a joint statement Wednesday.