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COVID-19 in Virginia

Most Read Articles April 10, 2020


From VPAP Maps, Timeline of COVID-19 in Virginia

The Virginia Public Access Project

Data from the Virginia Department of Health shows a timeline of confirmed cases of COVID-19 and a statewide map showing the number of cases by locality. VPAP has added a map of deaths by health district and hospital utilization data from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. Updated each morning shortly after 9:00 a.m.


Northam Quietly Signs Hundreds of Bills As Deadline Looms


Gov. Ralph Northam’s thrice-weekly press conferences on the COVID-19 pandemic have become a grim fixture of Virginia political life. But behind closed doors, Northam has quietly continued a more traditional duty: reviewing and signing legislation. He’s signed more than 800 pieces of legislation ranging from the symbolic, including a bill creating a “non-binary” gender option on driver’s license applications, to the obscure, such as a bill making it a misdemeanor to leave dead animals in churches.


EDITORIAL: Vexit, reconsidered: Many county schools would be better off in W.Va.

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Today we are forced to issue a correction. It is an unusual correction because it’s about something we haven’t published. We intended to publish an editorial on the fantasy of Vexit — the notion that a bunch of rural Virginia counties can somehow detach themselves from the Old Dominion and join West Virginia. They can’t — not on their own anyway — and, realistically, they won’t. We won’t be walking that part back.


State death toll tops 100, doubling since Monday due to delayed reporting

By BRIDGET BALCH AND JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

The official Virginia COVID-19 death count surpassed 100 Thursday, an increase based on delayed reporting of deaths that have occurred over the past two weeks. Virginia’s death count from the virus more than doubled in the past three days, from 54 reported on Monday to 109 reported Thursday, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health.


GOP weighs options for 7th District convention

By JIM MCCONNELL, Chesterfield Observer

Under normal circumstances, Republican candidates across Virginia’s 7th Congressional District would be heading into the final stretch of campaigning in advance of their party’s April 25 convention, when delegates were scheduled to meet at the Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond and select a nominee for November’s general election. COVID-19 has turned that plan on its ear.


Black Caucus urges Northam to sign wage increase despite pressure to hold off amid coronavirus crisis

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus called on Gov. Ralph Northam to sign legislation that would raise the minimum wage, protect the environment and fight racial disparity even as the cost of the coronavirus crisis pressures him to hold off.


Virginia ABC closes a dozen stores in NOVA

By SABRINA MORENO, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority announced Thursday it's temporarily closing down 12 stores in the Northern Virginia area starting Monday. ABC officials said as the region continually sees some of the highest rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state throughout the crisis, staffing has dwindled and operations aren't sustainable.


Judge denies injunction against Governor's orders

By JIM TALBERT, Richlands News-Press

A Russell County Man’s attempt to get the churches open for Easter failed April 9. Circuit Judge Michael Moore denied Larry Hughes’ request for an injunction to stop the executive orders prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.


Golf amid the pandemic: Some courses in Virginia remain open, but options are vanishing


Mike Miller hasn’t eaten takeout in five weeks. The 36-year-old Virginia resident has been at home with his family during the coronavirus pandemic trying his best to abide by the stay-at-home order imposed last month. But there is a habit Mr. Miller can’t quit — one that has him sneaking off from his wife and children of 6, 4 and 1. He hits the golf course.


Registrar questions town elections in November

By DON DEL ROSSO, Fauquier Now

Despite Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposal to move the May 5 municipal elections to November, Fauquier’s general registrar will proceed as if they will take place as scheduled in about four weeks. The county’s three towns — The Plains, Remington and Warrenton — will hold elections next month.