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COVID-19 in Virginia


Why Would Anyone Want to Visit Chernobyl?

By MARK O’CONNELL, New York Times (Metered Paywall - 1 to 2 articles a month)

We were around a hundred miles from the Zone, and already my thoughts had turned toward death. This had nothing to do with radiation and everything to do with road safety. I was in a minibus, on a highway between Kyiv and the 1,160-square-mile Exclusion Zone around the Chernobyl power plant. The minibus was being driven at an alarming speed and in such a way that caused me to question the safety standards of the tour company I’d entrusted myself to for the next two days.

VaNews April 3, 2020

5 more COVID-19 deaths bring death toll at Canterbury to 16

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

On a day when President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in Virginia, the number of deaths and COVID-19 cases soared at a Henrico County nursing facility at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.

VaNews April 3, 2020

Nash: A patient, the coronavirus, our shared aftermath

By STEPHEN NASH, published in Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

One of my doctors passed an anguished milestone this week: his first positive test for coronavirus came in. Of course, he told me, his first thoughts were for the distressed patient as they talked things through. But not long after came this forceful thought: the pandemic need not have happened. Roanoke County’s first case has also been reported. Time and leadership matter: a doctor in Wuhan, China, the late Li Wenliang, warned of the outbreak on Dec. 30 ...

Nash is a visiting senior research scholar at the University of Richmond. He is the author of Virginia Climate Fever,

VaNews April 3, 2020

Va. Corrections Department eyeing vacant state prison to house COVID-19 inmates

By MARK BOWES, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

The Virginia Department of Corrections is considering a plan to reopen a vacant prison in Culpeper County to house state prisoners — and possibly inmates from local jails, too — who become infected with COVID-19 if the number of sick inmates becomes overwhelming.

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Jobless claims accelerate rapidly in Virginia

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

Nearly 115,000 Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week, more than doubling the already unprecedented figures from the previous week as the coronavirus continues to stall economic activity. The jobless claims over the last two weeks now equal those filed over a full three months during the worst stretch of the Great Recession more than a decade ago.

VaNews April 3, 2020

As Coronavirus Spreads, Resilience Gardens Take Root


With people losing jobs and having to stay home they’re at greater risk than ever of not having access to food. Virginia officials say there’s been a 20 to 50-percent spike in visits to food banks since the outbreak of COVID-19. Now a movement is taking root in Richmond to help people grow their own.

VaNews April 3, 2020

Rethink prisoner release during pandemic crisis

Free Lance-Star Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

VIRGINIA Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran said that the Virginia Parole Board is busy reviewing hundreds of cases to see if certain prisoners—specifically, geriatric inmates or those who were sentenced before 1996—can be released early in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Moran added that the releases must be “consistent with public safety,” and that only “low-level offenders” would be considered...

VaNews April 3, 2020

UVa to open new hospital tower early to boost capacity

By KATHERINE KNOTT, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Several floors within the new gleaming six-story tower at the University of Virginia Medical Center will come online sooner than expected as hospital officials plan for an increase in patients related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first group of additional beds in the tower will be available later this week, said Eric Swensen, a spokesman for the hospital.

VaNews April 3, 2020

UVa joins national trial of remdesivir

By NOLAN STOUT, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The University of Virginia is providing clinical trials for a potential medication for COVID-19. UVa announced that it is joining a national clinical trial for remdesivir on Thursday. Trial data will be gathered from an estimated 440 participants worldwide.

VaNews April 3, 2020

Trump approves major disaster declaration for Virginia

By STAFF REPORT, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

President Donald Trump on Thursday approved a major disaster declaration for Virginia stemming from COVID-19. The White House said in a news release that Trump “ordered federal assistance to supplement commonwealth, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic beginning on January 20, 2020, and continuing.”

VaNews April 3, 2020