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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 10:30 a.m.

VaNews August 14, 2020


Lynchburg-area schools to pause meal distribution, prepare for start of academic year

By JAMEY CROSS, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

As summer food service ends, Lynchburg-area school nutrition and transportation staff are working to prepare a meal distribution plan for the upcoming atypical school year. When schools were ordered to close in March, nutrition and transportation staff in area school divisions provided meals to students at home by means of drive-thru pickup and bus delivery throughout their localities.

VaNews August 14, 2020


Virginia Tech will rename two dorms for Black life campus pioneers

By HENRI GENDREAU, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Two Virginia Tech dorms built in the 1960s and named after men who espoused white supremacist views will now be named for Black people who fought for the right to be on Tech’s campus. Lee Hall will be renamed for William and Janie Hoge, a Black couple who hosted several African American students in their Blacksburg home in the 1950s.

VaNews August 14, 2020


Liberty University cancels 2020 fall commencement

By AMY TRENT, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

Liberty University's 2020 commencement, previously scheduled for Sept. 11 and 12, is canceled. In a news release issued Tuesday the university said a celebration of the Class of 2020 will be held at next year's graduation on May 14 and 15, 2021.

VaNews August 14, 2020


Virginia Tech cancels fall tailgate party for Class of 2020

By HENRI GENDREAU, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Virginia Tech has canceled a September ceremony and tailgate meant to honor the Class of 2020, which missed out on an in-person commencement. “We know that your commencement ceremony was not what you expected and while we had hoped to celebrate with you on Sept. 26 in Lane Stadium, we now know that we will not be able to host that event this fall as planned,” a university statement read Wednesday afternoon on Twitter.

VaNews August 14, 2020


Spotsylvania supervisors won't restrict guns on county government property

By SCOTT SHENK, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors approved a resolution stating the county will not enact gun prohibitions on government property. The resolution passed by a 6–1 vote Tuesday, with Supervisor Deborah Frazier casting the lone dissenting vote. Prior to the vote, Frazier asked if the resolution would allow people to carry guns in courtrooms.

VaNews August 14, 2020


VSU launches $2M initiative to buy computers, tech for 2020 undergrads at no cost to them

By BILL ATKINSON, Progress Index (Metered paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia State University has launched a $2 million initiative to ensure every enrolled undergraduate student has the proper technology to navigate online instruction, be it an upgrade or in some cases, a whole new computer — and it comes with no cost incurred by the students.

VaNews August 14, 2020


House Democrats roll out special session priorities

By KATE ANDREWS, Va Business Magazine

House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn rolled out the House Democratic Caucus’ legislative priorities for the Aug. 18 special session, a slate of coronavirus-related measures and law enforcement reforms. Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, announced in a news release Thursday that the following COVID-19 legislation will be introduced next week:

VaNews August 14, 2020


Fairfax won’t use prosecutors in most misdemeanors

By MAURA MAZUROWSKI, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Subscription required for some articles)

Fairfax County prosecutors stopped being involved in many misdemeanor cases last month. The reason: The county’s newly implemented body-worn camera program for police officers. The body cams create a high volume of footage and an overwhelming caseload prevented prosecutors from giving cases “the attention they deserve” and are ethically obligated to give, said Steve Descano, who became Fairfax commonwealth’s attorney in January.

VaNews August 14, 2020


Radford prosecutor: 'Not comfortable' being involved in city COVID-19 regulatory cases

By SAM WALL, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The commonwealth’s attorney recently told the city council in an email that he wouldn’t be prosecuting any cases stemming from the recently passed ordinance that bans gatherings of 50 people or more. The ordinance, currently in effect until Aug. 31, was approved unanimously by the Radford council at an Aug. 4 special meeting centering on how the city could mitigate an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases after citizens raised concerns that Radford University students coming back to the area — and partying — could cause a spike in cases.

VaNews August 14, 2020