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VaNews for Arlington County

Advanced Towing Company sued by Virginia attorney general

By RACHEL WEINER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

An Arlington towing company that has infuriated local drivers for years is now facing a lawsuit from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who has asserted the zealous practices of Advanced Towing Co. are illegal.

VaNews June 26, 2020

Schools are some families’ best hope for Internet access, but Virginia laws are getting in the way

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

Yenifer Alvarado Portillo liked doing homework. School, the 5-year-old said, made her feel good. But ever since Arlington Public Schools shuttered, kindergarten has become a cause for tears. While other kids find their assignments online, Yenifer’s teacher has to relay them by phone. Even then, she can’t complete most of them because her family’s Northern Virginia home lacks Internet.

VaNews May 27, 2020

Distance Learning to Start School Year ‘Very Probable,’ APS Says


Arlington Public Schools will “likely” start the new 2020-2021 school year with students staying at home, the interim superintendent told families Friday afternoon. In a School Talk email, Cintia Johnson — who is soon to be succeeded by newly-hired superintendent Dr. Francisco Durán — said that APS is planning for three scenarios to start the fall: in-home distance learning, a return to classrooms, or a hybrid of the two.

VaNews May 23, 2020

Northam delays northern Virginia reopening until May 29

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is delaying northern Virginia’s reopening amid the coronavirus outbreak until at least May 29, two weeks after the rest of the state is expected to reopen. Northam said Tuesday he’s signed an executive order extending mandated closures and restrictions on businesses in northern Virginia, a heavily populated area where regional officials have said they are not yet ready to reopen.

VaNews May 13, 2020

Arlington Public Schools Preparing for Possibility of Virtual Classes in the Fall


Arlington Public Schools is preparing for the possibility that in-person classes will not, in fact, resume in the fall. There are new questions about when students will be returning to physical classrooms, following today’s Congressional testimony by Dr. Anthony Fauci.

VaNews May 13, 2020

Northern Va. nowhere near ready to reopen under Northam plan, officials say

By ANTONIO OLIVO, REBECCA TAN AND JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Northern Virginia, the state’s economic engine, is nowhere near ready to reopen Friday when Gov. Ralph Northam plans to begin lifting shutdown restrictions, the region’s top elected officials said Sunday, citing the continuing increase in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. In a joint letter, the elected leaders in Northern Virginia’s five largest jurisdictions — representing nearly 2.4 million residents — told Northam (D) they are unwilling to lift restrictions in place since late March, which the governor plans to do in a limited capacity Friday in hopes of reviving the state’s ailing economy.

VaNews May 11, 2020

In Northern Virginia, A Grassroots Push To Help Latinos Combat Coronavirus


As Latino households across the country are pummeled by the virus outbreak, staff from Neighborhood Health, a chain of medical clinics in northern Virginia, have stepped up testing efforts in areas where that community is hardest-hit. Of the health center's 30,000 patients, 50% are Latino immigrants hailing from Central America. They are predominantly low-income and uninsured. And though they make up half of the patient population, Latinos represent nearly 90% of those who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the group's clinics.

VaNews May 11, 2020

COVID-19 data shows disproportionate impact on Hispanics in Northern Virginia


Hispanic residents in Northern Virginia comprise a disproportionate amount of cases of COVID-19, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health. Including health districts in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William, Northern Virginia has a combined 10,231 COVID-19 cases. Hispanics in the region account for 3,487 COVID-19 cases, which is about 34% of the total number, and 54.7% of all reported cases that include ethnicity (3,858 cases were reported to public health officials without information on ethnicity).

VaNews May 6, 2020

Region’s persistent caseload shows shutdown’s limitations

By KYLE SWENSON AND JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The District, Maryland and Virginia have been shut down for weeks, their economies in tatters. Large swaths of the population venture out only rarely, wrapped in masks and gloves. But hundreds of new coronavirus cases are still reported each day as the virus continues its devastating march through nursing homes, jails and other institutional settings.

VaNews May 1, 2020

Arlington County Rethinks FY2021 Budget Due To Coronavirus


Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey called the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Proposal County Manager Mark Schwartz submitted in February "no longer very relevant" in light of the current coronavirus crisis. "We have temporarily suspended budget work sessions, while the manager and our management and finance staff work through substantial and as yet unclear changes to both projected revenues and projected expenditures," Garvey said, at a Saturday morning Board meeting.

VaNews March 23, 2020