Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Virginia Beach reported a new death Wednesday. The Virginia Department of Health removed a death from Virginia Beach’s count.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, 45, as it passed 40,000 cumulative cases.
It comes just two days before the commonwealth implements a statewide mandate requiring Virginians 10 and older to wear face coverings while
1,281 Virginians have now died from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, with 57% percent occurring in Virginia’s long-term care facilities. 77% of the deaths involved Virginians 70 and older.
37 of the 45 deaths (82%) reported Wednesday were in Northern Virginia, which has delayed its phase 1 reopening until at least