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COVID-19 in Virginia


How Tuesday's debate was especially instructive

Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Those of a certain age remember the presidential debate in 1976 between Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter when a technical glitch left the two candidates standing silently on the stage for nearly half an hour. Or, as we prefer to remember them, the good old days. Tuesday’s so-called presidential “debate” was an utter embarrassment for the country.

VaNews October 1, 2020

COVID-19 clusters pop up at VMI, W&L

By LUANNE RIFE, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The number of coronavirus cases in Lexington has nearly doubled in the last week as both Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University report dozens of infections. “We were doing kind of well, and then had an uptick over the weekend of 13 or 14 cases,” VMI spokesman Col. Bill Wyatt said.

VaNews October 1, 2020

Encouraging numbers for Loudoun on the COVID-19 front

By STAFF REPORT, Loudoun Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Loudoun County’s positive test rate for COVID-19 dipped under 5 percent in the seven-day rolling average released Wednesday, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The 5 percent mark has been a target for local health officials as they look to quell the harm brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

VaNews October 1, 2020

Virginia Tech to test those at higher risk for COVID-19; total cases reach 1,000

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

Virginia Tech will begin more frequent testing of students and employees at higher risk of contracting the virus that causes COVID-19, the university announced Wednesday. Tech President Tim Sands made the announcement on the same day the university reached 1,000 positive cases of the coronavirus since early August.

VaNews October 1, 2020

Church site excavation aims to unearth African American contributions

By SAMANTHA WILLIS, Virginia Mercury

In Colonial Williamsburg, experts are unearthing the foundations of First Baptist Church, among the oldest African American congregations in the country, as part of an attempt to uncover a more complete narrative of early American history, centering the Black people — enslaved and free — who contributed much to the fledgling nation. First Baptist Church, founded in 1776, is still a thriving hub of Williamsburg’s Black community, says the Rev. Reginald Davis, who has served as the church’s pastor since 2004.

VaNews October 1, 2020

Bill to hold localities responsible for protest damage stalls

By ADA ROMANO, VCU Capital News Service

A General Assembly bill is likely dead for the session that would have held localities accountable for damages caused by protesters if an adequate police response was not provided. Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg, said he proposed House Bill 5026 to assure localities provide proper police protection during protests in an effort to minimize damages to personal property and businesses.

VaNews October 1, 2020

Isle of Wight planning for in-person learning for all grades by end of October

By MATT JONES, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Some students in all grades would return part-time to classrooms by Oct. 26 under a plan presented by Isle of Wight Superintendent Jim Thornton. The timetable is one of the fastest in the region. Chesapeake hopes to bring back all students enrolled in hybrid learning by Nov. 16. Virginia Beach plans to bring sixth- and ninth-grade students on Oct. 8 but hasn’t set dates for other secondary students. Gloucester previously discussed a plan to have all grades back by mid-November.

VaNews October 1, 2020

Virus cases among children have risen slightly in Fredericksburg region

By CATHY DYSON, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Children and teenagers make up about 15 percent of local COVID-19 cases, a rate that has risen slightly since June. Readers have asked if local cases are increasing among the younger set, as they’re doing nationally after students returned to school. Only private schools have reopened locally for classes, but King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties are planning to resume in-school sessions a few days a week later this month for younger students.

VaNews October 1, 2020

Roanoke Valley organizations try to fill child care gap as students remain out of the classroom

By CLAIRE MITZEL, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

In any other year, the 52 students sitting in the basement of the Kirk Family YMCA would be at school on a Monday morning in late September. But the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the most basic school routine to change: No public school division in the Roanoke Valley is holding in-person classes five days a week for all grades.

VaNews October 1, 2020

Coronavirus cases hit multiweek lows in D.C. region

By DANA HEDGPETH AND RACHEL CHASON, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The number of new corona­virus infections this week has fallen to levels last seen in mid-July across the Washington region, although leaders and health officials worry that the return of colder weather could reverse the trend. The rolling seven-day average of new cases in D.C., Maryland and Virginia dropped to 1,293, down from recent peaks above 2,000 about two months ago. All three jurisdictions have recorded multiweek lows in new reported cases in recent days.

VaNews October 1, 2020