Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

The measure underlines the risk of trying to hold the Olympics and Paralympics during a pandemic.

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Over 20% of Virginians fully vaccinated | More than 4.6 million vaccines administered

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

  Virginia’s vaccine coordinator addresses rural hesitancy, when teens can get a shot

  Staunton among the first in the state to have latest 911 technology

Virginia’s Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine allocation set to dip by over 100k doses next week

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

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Mass vaccination clinic at JMU as CSHD moves into Phase 2

UVA students to soon receive COVID-19 vaccine

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

  Staunton Schools and City Council $444,000 apart on spending plan

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

Glitch in state’s vaccine system registers wrong vaccine to teens

The system is currently working on a fix.

  COVID-19 cases in kids rise in Charlottesville area, experts caution potential ‘4th wave’

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

  Senator Mark Warner visits BRHD’s mass vaccination clinic

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  Waynesboro budget includes 3% employee raises, but doesn’t address below market salaries

At 90 cents, Waynesboro has one of the lowest tax rates in the Commonwealth, but the City Manager says in his view, the city continues to fall short on meeting basic service demands on core services.

  Infectious disease experts discuss vaccine hesitancy among Republican adults

A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that among Republican adults, 29% say they “definitely will not” get the vaccine. For white Evangelical Christians, it’s 28%.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

FEMA to help pay funeral costs for COVID-19 related deaths

Beginning on April 12, FEMA will begin accepting financial assistance applications for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020, for deaths related to COVID-19.

CDC: Outbreaks linked to youth sports and extracurriculars

The CDC is reporting many outbreaks in younger people are being linked to youth sports and extra curriculars. In a White House briefing Monday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Wolensky said those activities should be limited.

American Sign Language now available for Virginia’s vaccine call center

The Virginia Department of Health announced on Tuesday that American Sign Language capabilities are now available at the state’s vaccine call center.

BRHD moving into Phase 2 vaccination rollout April 12

If you’re pre-registered through the Virginia Department of Health and you’re in Phase 2 in the Blue Ridge Health District, you will be able to get your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as early as Monday, April 12.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

Middle River Regional Jail inmates offered COVID-19 vaccine

Almost half of the inmate population at Middle River Regional Jail received the single-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

  Students in Staunton will finish out school year on same hybrid schedule

The vote was unanimous Monday night when the Staunton School Board decided students will finish out the school year on the current hybrid schedule.

‘Vax hawks’ help thousands in Central Virginia find vaccine appointments

One Facebook group called ‘RVA Vaccination Hunters’ is helping people find the specified shots they want, and troubleshoot any other questions.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  US races to vaccinate for virus as potential fourth surge looms

The U.S. passed a huge milestone this weekend, averaging more than 3 million COVID vaccine shots in arms per day.

  Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

  Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial struggles

At first, he stayed in the condo he could no longer afford, thanks to eviction moratoriums. But as his owed rent continued to rise, he decided to move out.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

  New record for pandemic-era air travel set Friday

The Transportation Security Administration says they have screened more than 1.5 million people at airports on Friday.

  Couple married 72 years reunite after pandemic kept them apart

While the couple have had socially distant visits, but they weren’t nearly enough as the long-awaited real ones.

  UVA Health doctors worried about a potential 4th wave of COVID-19

Even though more people are being vaccinated in the Blue Ridge Health District each week, doctors at UVA Health are worried about a potential fourth wave of the coronavirus.

  Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

  Johnson & Johnson expands vaccine trial to kids 12-17

Johnson & Johnson says it is enrolling teens in trials to test its vaccine on 12 to 17-year-olds.

  CDC releases guidance for Easter celebrations

The agency says if it’s been two weeks since your last vaccine dose, you can safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

  FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

The FDA has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial.

  Vaccination volunteers: the unsung heroes of BRHD

There are some underappreciated heroes to thank for making COVID-19 vaccinations happen in the Blue Ridge Health District.

Central Shenandoah Health District to move into Phase 1C on Friday

Beginning on Friday, April 2, the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) will expand COVID-19 eligibility to include individuals in Phase 1C.

  Company producing J&J vaccine had history of violations

Emergent BioSolutions, a little-known company vital to the vaccine supply chain, was a key to Johnson & Johnson’s plan to deliver 100 million doses of its vaccine to the United States by the end of May. But the Food and Drug Administration repeatedly has cited Emergent for problems.

  BRHD expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to folks in Phase 1c

Those who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine under Phase 1c in the Blue Ridge Health District can sign up and expect to get an appointment, but it may not be right away.

  WHO: Europe’s vaccination program is “unacceptably slow”

Only 10% of Europe’s population has received one dose and that only 4% have been fully protected with two doses.

  US allows 2 more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests

The home tests allow users to collect a sample themselves with a nasal swab that is then inserted into a test strip.

Augusta Health provides vaccine clinic update

Augusta Health provided an update for its ongoing vaccination clinics on Wednesday, March 31.

Gov. Northam: Virginia to expand vaccine eligibility to all adults by April 18

Governor Ralph Northam says all Virginians 16 and older will be eligible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus starting April 18.

  Pfizer vaccine effective 6 months later, companies say

Their ongoing studies show the vaccine was 91.3% effective against COVID-19 from seven days through up to six months after the second dose.

Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public.

  Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check

A federal official said Wednesday evening the administration’s goal can be met without additional J&J doses.

Rep. Spanberger hosts virtual town hall to discuss mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

Rep. Spanberger hosted a virtual town hall with medical experts from around the commonwealth on Wednesday night.

Amazon to bring workers back to offices by fall

Amazon was one of the first large companies to mostly shutter their main offices in the Seattle area during the first COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.

  France to close schools, ban domestic travel as virus surges

In a televised address to the nation, French President Emmanuel Macron said efforts are needed as “the epidemic is accelerating.”

  COVID-19 pushed total US deaths beyond 3.3 million last year

Overall, the year’s death rate was up nearly 16% compared to the previous year.

Giant Food: 152 pharmacy locations now offering COVID-19 vaccine

Giant Food says all of its in-store pharmacies in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C. are now offering the coronavirus vaccine to eligible residents.

  EU says ‘no evidence’ to restrict use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The European Medicines Agency says there is “no evidence” that would support restricting the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in any population despite reports of rare blood clots associated with the shot.

  BRHD launches new vaccination website

The Blue Ridge Health District is continuing to get vaccination information out there to the public with the help of a community partner.

  Pfizer says its vaccine protects younger teens

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in the coming weeks plan to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European regulators to allow emergency use of the shots starting at age 12.

  UVA Health doctors answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, importance during town hall

As more Virginians are on the verge of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, UVA Health Drs. Dan Engel and Ebony Hilton took the time to answer questions to help people make informed decisions.

  Blue Ridge Health District’s request for more COVID-19 vaccine doses is not being filled

The Blue Ridge Health District received double the amount of Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the state this week, but it is still not as much as they’ve been asking for.

  Greene County man files complaint with Gov. Northam over BRHD, GCPS handling of son’s COVID-19 isolation

A Greene County man says his son is being excluded from school and kept off the football field by Virginia health officials and his own school district in a dispute over the length of COVID-19 quarantine.

  Germany to restrict AstraZeneca use for people under 60 over clots

Authorities in Berlin and Munich are again suspending the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for residents under age 60 due to new reports of unusual blood clots in people who recently received the shots, officials said Tuesday.

  More than a dozen states to open vaccines to all adults

More than a dozen states are set to open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults this week.