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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.