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Northam says next phase of reopening at least a week away

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Looser restrictions on businesses and social gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic are still at least a week away in Virginia, the governor said Thursday. Gov. Ralph Northam said current coronavirus-related trends are “encouraging” but more data is needed before the state can start its second phase of reopening. He said the earliest the state would move into Phase 2 would be June 5.

VaNews May 29, 2020


COVID-19 cases in Virginia increase by 1,152 but percentage of positive test results continues to decline

Richmond Times-Dispatch (Access to this article limited to subscribers)

The Virginia Department of Health reported Thursday that the state has 41,401 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 1,152 from the 40,249 reported Wednesday. Overall case numbers are increasing as more people are being tested. Meanwhile, VDH data show the percent of positive results are continuing a decline that started in the middle of April.

VaNews May 29, 2020


Officials say all homeless in Fredericksburg area have been sheltered

By ADELE UPHAUS–CONNER, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The George Washington Regional Commission reported Thursday that the entire homeless population of Planning District 16—Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George—is now sheltered and has a safe place to quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

VaNews May 29, 2020


To rebuild our economy, we can’t just reopen

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

On Friday, businesses in the city of Richmond, Accomack County and Northern Virginia will enter the long-awaited Phase One reopening period. Some key beneficiaries of eased COVID-19 restrictions are restaurants and breweries (outdoor dining, 50% capacity); places of worship (indoor gatherings, 50% capacity); retail stores deemed nonessential (50% capacity); barbershops and salons (visits by appointment); and gyms and fitness centers (outdoor classes). We welcome their safe return.

VaNews May 29, 2020


Virginia ABC planning to roll out home liquor delivery

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Virginia Mercury

At some point in the near future, the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority is hoping to execute the first home liquor delivery in its 86-year history. Just like other retailers adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, the state-run liquor monopoly has been exploring options to get its products to customers with minimal human-to-human contact. . . . If all goes according to plan, next-day delivery is on the way later this year.

VaNews May 29, 2020


Suffolk business owners charged after woman is shot at party with over 100 people, police say

By SALEEN MARTIN, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

One woman was shot, several people were taken into custody for disorderly conduct and two Suffolk business owners have been charged this week after allegedly hosting a party with more than 100 people over the weekend. Police said in a Facebook post that the owners of Rennee’s Celebration Center — Jeffrey Van Townsend and Rennee Townsend — violated Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order 44-146.17 barring large gatherings.

VaNews May 29, 2020


Virginia unemployment claims during pandemic greater than number filed during Great Recession

Fauquier Times

In Virginia, the total number of initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits filed during the pandemic is now greater than the number of initial claims filed during the 18-month recession that began in December 2007, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.

VaNews May 29, 2020


What We Know About Richmond School's Proposed Math Curriculum

By MEGAN PAULY, WCVE

Richmond Public Schools is preparing to adopt new K-8 math and reading curricula. Administrators say they want to establish consistency in how these topics are taught across grade levels throughout the district. They hope to adopt curricula from EL Education and Eureka Math, developed by Great Minds, for the upcoming school year. But the coronavirus has presented new challenges, and some teachers and school board members want the district to hit the pause button on curricula adoption because of the pandemic.

VaNews May 29, 2020


Chesterfield County Gets Their Buildings Ready to Reopen

By IAN M. STEWART, WCVE

County buildings in Chesterfield are getting closer to reopening to the public. But before the doors are unlocked, the county is putting in place new safety requirements for the coronavirus. Deputy County Administrator Scott Zaremba says the rules are still being finalized and that buildings will be opened in phases, but they will include everything from mandating face coverings for both staff and the public to limits on how many people can go into buildings.

VaNews May 29, 2020


County Libraries to Start Contactless Services, Grab-and-go Pickup Next Week

By FATIMAH WASEEM, Reston Now

Book lovers can check out books and pick up holds at Fairfax County Public Libraries beginning next week — albeit under different circumstances. On Monday, June 1, FCPL will kick off a curbside pickup and grab bag program. Although libraries remained closed, patrons can park in designated areas, call the bank number and pick up any items on holds. Patrons must provide their library card over the phone. Once the items have been deposited on a designated pickup table and library staff has returned to the building, items may be picked up.

VaNews May 29, 2020