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COVID-19 in Virginia

Most Read Articles July 7, 2020


From VPAP Maps, Timeline of COVID-19 in Virginia

The Virginia Public Access Project

Our COVID-19 dashboard makes it easy to track the latest available data for tests performed, infections, deaths and hospital capacity. There's a filter for each city and county, plus an exclusive per-capita ZIP Code map. Updated each morning around 10:00 am.


What should the new Monument Avenue look like?

By ZACH JOACHIM, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

For a century, Monument Avenue has showcased some of the Confederacy’s most revered figures. Soon, there will be a blank canvas. Over the past week, the Richmond Times-Dispatch asked demonstrators, residents, artists and community leaders what they'd like to see on the new Monument Avenue.


EDITORIAL: 7 questions about the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

One down, one to go? We’ve had lots of shocking news lately, but it’s hard to find anything more shocking than the news that came out of Richmond on Sunday afternoon: Dominion Energy and its partners have cancelled the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would have piped natural gas from West Virginia, through Virginia, and onto North Carolina.


Dominion Energy’s shares fall as news of canceled pipeline deal hits market

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Dominion Energy’s move out of the gas pipeline business set off a stock market scramble Monday that saw its shares falling roughly 11% — a loss of roughly $900 for even a small investor, with just 100 shares. But the shift in business strategy that led the energy giant to cancel its controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline and sell its multi-state gas transmission operation also reflects a change in the way Dominion wants Wall Street to see it, chief executive Thomas Farrell said in a conference call to financial analysts.


Despite pleas from providers, Virginia still lets hospitals move patients to nursing homes without COVID-19 testing

By KATE MASTERS, Virginia Mercury

Within a week after Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Henrico reopened its doors to new admissions, the nursing home accepted a handful of what medical director Dr. Jim Wright referred to as “unknowns” — residents who had been transferred from the hospital without being tested for COVID-19. The facility, which had just weathered one of the deadliest nursing home outbreaks in the country, had established its own strict testing program for patients in response. When the newly admitted residents were tested onsite, one came back positive.


Evictions ramp up in Virginia as local courts decline governor’s request to continue moratorium

By NED OLIVER, Virginia Mercury

Courts around Virginia began working their way through a backlog of more than 12,000 eviction cases last week as a statewide moratorium expired, with many judges apparently declining a last-minute request from Gov. Ralph Northam to continue the stay at the local level. “It’s a total patchwork,” said Christie Marra, the director of housing advocacy at the Virginia Poverty Law Center, which has asked Northam to use his executive authority to intervene more decisively. She said the current approach of leaving the decision to local courts is “absolutely not working.”


Virginia Retirement System reports 2% gain

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The Virginia Retirement System expects a 2% return on investments in the fiscal year that ended June 30 after weathering a deep loss in the state pension system’s value in March because of the economic chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


More than 100,000 Virginia entities get PPP loans

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Virginia’s businesses and nonprofits took in between $9.5 billion to $18.2 billion through the U.S. Treasury Department’s Payroll Protection Program, new data released Monday shows. The government data said nearly 110,000 PPP loans were awarded in Virginia, with the vast majority — 93,000 — under $150,000. The Treasury Department only released the names for about 16,000 Virginia entities that received loans of more than $150,000.


Virginia schools quickly drop Confederate names

By HANNAH NATANSON, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Schools throughout Virginia are shedding Confederate names and mascots, as officials face a burst of advocacy from students, alumni and parents fueled by the ongoing national reckoning over racism and injustice. Prince William County is renaming Stonewall Middle School, named after Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson, for a local black couple. After hours of debate, Loudoun County voted last month to remove the mascot for Loudoun County High School: the Raiders, named for Confederate Col. John S. Mosby’s troops, guerrilla-style fighters who wrought havoc on Union supply lines.


As Busch Gardens, Water Country USA remain closed during Phase 3, state Sen. Norment decries Northam’s reopening guidelines

By MARTY O'BRIEN, Virginia Gazette (Metered Paywall - 4 Articles per Month)

Sen. Thomas K. “Tommy” Norment Jr., R-James City, decried Gov. Ralph Northam’s decision denying a waiver for theme parks such as Busch Gardens and Water Country USA that would allow them to reopen in Phase 3 with more than 1,000 attendees. In a letter to the Northam on Thursday, Norment suggested that the decision is “myopic” and “devastating” because of the economic consequences to tourism in the Historic Triangle.