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COVID-19 in Virginia


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At ECPI, some students are back on campus

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

Every student and employee who comes to ECPI University’s Newport News campus goes through the same process. They’re required to use hand sanitizer, wear a mask, go through a quick screening questionnaire with an employee and stand in front of a thermal imaging camera to see if they have a fever.

VaNews May 25, 2020

UVa employees endure furloughs as hospital wrestles 'precarious' financials

By ALLISON WRABEL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

In a video call earlier this month, executive staff with the University of Virginia Health System gave employees more information around the potentially “precarious” financials of the institution. Last month, the UVa Medical Center announced pay cuts and furloughs as it saw surgeries and clinical visits drop by 70% and 90%, respectively, following Gov. Ralph Northam’s order halting elective procedures. The changes led to a projected deficit of $85 million a month.

VaNews May 25, 2020

With Virginia Beach open, why are other beaches closed for Memorial Day weekend?

By PETER DUJARDIN, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Gov. Ralph Northam announced earlier this week that the state’s largest recreational beach — the Virginia Beach Oceanfront — would open up for Memorial Day weekend. But the governor kept other beaches statewide — including popular local spots in Hampton, Norfolk and Yorktown — mostly closed for the traditional beach season kickoff.

VaNews May 25, 2020

Northam checks on Oceanfront during beach’s opening weekend

By ELISHA SAUERS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

As Gov. Ralph Northam strode up the boardwalk with a small entourage Saturday afternoon, he stopped to say hello to patrons at picnic tables outside Waterman’s Surfside Grille. The weather was warm, barely tipping into the 80s, and only a few clouds blotted the sunny sky. He was pleased with what he saw.

VaNews May 25, 2020

Local 'strike team' in place to deal with virus spread in nursing homes

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

A local “strike team” has been assembled to try to prevent COVID-19 from running rampant through Fredericksburg-area nursing homes—and to deal with outbreaks when they occur. Dr. Donald Stern, acting director of the Rappahannock Area Health District, last month called together a group of community partners that includes the National Guard, Mary Washington Healthcare, local emergency managers and first responders in an effort to stem the tide of deaths in long-term care facilities.

VaNews May 25, 2020

Fairfax Co. coronavirus testing reached capacity early Saturday


One of two free coronavirus testing events organized by Fairfax County’s health department and the Virginia Department of Health this weekend closed early Saturday after capacity was reached by 12:45 p.m. The event at Annandale High School was scheduled to last until 6 p.m., but people were being turned away and told to come back on Sunday to a similar event at Bailey’s Elementary School in Bailey’s Crossroads.

VaNews May 25, 2020

Health officials say northern Virginia has met several metrics needed to move into phase one of reopening


Northern Virginia may soon have business restrictions partially lifted amid the COVID-19 outbreak. On Sunday, regional health experts told chief elected officials that northern Virginia has met many of the criteria needed to move into the first phase of the commonwealth’s reopening plan, according to Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large). The health officials determined that the region has met four of the six threshold metrics needed to transition to the first phase.

VaNews May 25, 2020

Charlottesville officials to start discussions on removal of Confederate statues

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

Charlottesville officials are preparing to begin discussions about removing the two Confederate statues that were at the heart of the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally. In an April email, City Manager Tarron Richardson indicated that he wants to hold so-called 2-2-1 meetings with the City Council in June to discuss the removal of the statues. The Daily Progress obtained the email through a request under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

VaNews May 25, 2020

Botetourt project changes part of wind industry's move toward taller turbines

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

If wind turbines are allowed to tower up to 680 feet into the sky from a Botetourt County mountaintop, they would be higher than the tallest ones currently in the United States.

VaNews May 25, 2020

Angry? Resentful? Feeling guilty? Psych footprint of pandemic is huge

By JOANNE KIMBERLIN, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

We’ve lost things we can’t replace — priceless moments with no chance for a do-over. Like holding a just-born grandchild. Or a dying husband’s hand. The logical side of our brain knows why. Understands it’s no one’s fault. The other part still stews. Anger, resentment, guilt. That’s a psychological price of a pandemic — perhaps larger than the disease itself.

VaNews May 25, 2020