A sudden surge in deaths from COVID-19 in Virginia this week wasn’t what it seemed. Coronavirus deaths have jumped by 187 statewide since Sunday, with the biggest increase on Thursday, when fatalities rose by 57. Virginia’s deaths were 1,358 as of Friday.
Health officials say the numbers rose as the state added to the count deaths probably caused by COVID-19.
Since March, Aba Kwawu says she has been deeply tempted by the prospect of “risking it all to get an underground haircut” during the stay-at-home order. And on Friday, the day D.C. and Northern Virginia start a phased reopening, she can score an above-board appointment.
“Now, we actually can do those things, and here I am, frozen,” she says. “I’m of two minds.”
The man working in the prosthetics lab at McGuire VA Medical Center was sweating, struggling, coughing. He pulled the mask from his face to catch his breath, and the coughing continued, said another worker who witnessed it on May 20. Nearly a week later, an email from the chief of prosthetics would confirm that an employee had tested positive for COVID-19.
Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center already had a staffing crisis before Henrico County public health officials tested every resident and employee in the skilled nursing facility for COVID-19 at the end of March.
Staffing agencies pulled temporary nurses from the center after the facility’s first positive coronavirus case became public on March 18, Canterbury officials said.
Monogram Snacks set a record Friday.
Henry County’s second-largest employer tested every one of its employees for COVID-19, immediately sent everyone home and then shut down the plant for three days as a series of deep-cleaning initiatives began.
A state mandate that launched Friday requiring people to wear masks in shops and restaurants drew mixed reactions across the Richmond region, with some business owners expressing concerns about having to police their customers.
Judy Mayfield and two of her friends decided to drive into downtown Fredericksburg Friday afternoon after exploring the gardens at historic Chatham Manor just across the Rappahannock River. They were wearing masks when they stopped first at Hyperion Espresso on William Street to get something to drink, and then as they strolled Caroline Street to get some exercise and do a little retail therapy.
A group of protesters showed up to a Lynchburg restaurant on Sunday.
This protest wasn’t related to the recent ones across the country regarding the police treatment of African Americans, but a tweet made by the restaurant. . . . The restaurant supported Falwell’s tweet using the blackface photo from Northam’s medical school yearbook on a face covering, asking if it could have them for its employees.
As of Friday, Richmond’s General District Court has nearly 1200 evictions scheduled for the month of June. Although the city has an eviction diversion program meant to help people stay in their homes, housing advocates say COVID-19 will limit its reach.
Attorneys with the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation volunteer as mediators with the eviction diversion program. They work with both landlords and tenants to help them establish payment plans to get caught up on rent.
A huge sign draped in front of a Richmond bar reads: “I assure you we’re sort of open! Some days.”
Another in Colonial Williamsburg has George Washington wearing a face mask. The message board outside of the Hampton Coliseum flashes: “This is just an intermission.”
These are signs of COVID-19 times and the Library of Virginia wants them.
On Sunday morning in Sandy Level, Virginia, about an hour southeast of Roanoke, upbeat gospel music blares from speakers as cars pull past the sign that advertises the drive-in church. Churchgoers tune into 87.9 FM and honk their horns in greeting.
This isn’t a usual weekend, but Sandy Level Baptist Church is no stranger to unconventional forms of worship.
As places of worship begin to reopen in the Commonwealth, a Virginia Tech professor says social distancing may not be enough for those wanting to sing with their congregation.
A number of churches, temples and synagogues in Virginia have reopened their doors, but are operating at 50% capacity and cleaning the sanctuary between services.
He’s performed at the Kennedy Center, at the Columbia Pike Blues Festival, and overseas for the troops.
And now — in lieu of his usual concerts and club gigs — Chester Chandler, better known as Memphis Gold, is performing from his apartment balcony in Ballston every Friday night from 8-9 p.m.
As hurricane season begins and the pandemic continues, Virginia’s largest city is facing the prospect of having fewer resources to respond to a major storm.
Plummeting tax revenues are raising questions in Virginia Beach about how much funding would be available. Money would be needed for everything from running generators at pump stations to approving contracts to remove downed trees.