During my 24 years practicing cardiology in Richmond, infection safety, while always a top priority for hospitals, has been a challenging metric. But now, by building on practices we began implementing several years ago, seismic shifts in hospital infection safety practices have taken place post-COVID-19.
A federal judge has denied a request from six Northern Virginia voters challenging Virginia election officials over the loosening of absentee voting restrictions. Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. in the Eastern District of Virginia issued the ruling Friday, saying that while the voters’ complaint “may be well-founded, the court is constrained at this time from remedying these constitutional grievances.”
In the age of COVID-19, our innate need to be close to one another has been turned against us. Rules on social distancing, the unmet need for personal protective equipment (PPE), urban population density, the closure of businesses, the collapse of the travel industry — all these things speak to the perils of space.
Perhaps you’ve recently noticed in the news or on social media some self-styled mask rebels who have refused to don pandemic-related face coverings in public. Some of them are COVID-19 shutdown protesters. A few are politicians.
Usually such people portray themselves as proud patriots, standing up for freedom and liberty. As in, nobody’s going to herd them like sheep into wearing a sissy mask, all because of some silly panic and societal overreaction.
The third night of protests in Richmond brought arrests, armored vehicles and more tear gas to city streets. From east to west on Broad Street, protesters ran from police enforcing an 8 p.m. curfew imposed by Gov. Ralph Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney.
Black lawmakers in Virginia’s General Assembly are calling for strengthened oversight of police in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd.
They say Floyd’s death struck a nerve, but may have also created an opening for overdue changes. That includes instituting civilian review boards — panels with ordinary people who can look into reports of misconduct.
Connecticut is preparing to build a first-of-its-kind underground flood wall. Virginia has planned an intricate system of berms, pump stations and raised roads to keep the flood-prone city of Norfolk dry. Louisiana has broken ground on a new community for people forced to flee a village on its sinking coast, the country’s first government-resettled climate migrants.
Projects in 13 cities and states, which were part of the Obama administration’s push to protect Americans from climate change after the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, are now in jeopardy because of the coronavirus pandemic, state and local officials warn. And they need Republicans in Congress to save those projects.
In the weeks since Virginia’s hospitals have reopened for non-life-threatening procedures, many have implemented wider COVID-19 testing protocols to protect patients and staff from the virus.
In some cases, the results have been illuminating.
A kind of miracle happened here Sunday at Waller & Company Jewelers, just hours after the historic black-owned business was looted during protests that gripped cities across the country over police killings of unarmed African Americans.
As word got out that the 120-year-old jeweler had been hit, some of its most loyal customers began showing up to help.