Coronavirus

Over 263,000 Virginians receive COVID-19 vaccine | 943k+ doses distributed statewide

So far, more than 263,000 Virginia residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health..

  University of Virginia prepares for in-person semester despite COVID surge

Navigating the VDH website for information on COVID-19

Two Staunton nursing homes deal with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks

BRHD expands COVID vaccinations to phase 1B recipients

UVA Health helping Blue Ridge Health District with its COVID-19 vaccination efforts

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

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  Former 5th District candidate Dr. Cameron Webb named to White House COVID-19 Response Team

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

Piedmont Health District to begin Phase 1b vaccinations Tuesday

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

IRS warns of COVID-19 scams related to stimulus payments

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

Up until the past few days, health care workers and nursing home patients had largely been given priority in most places around the U.S.

VDH says additional Walgreens locations to offer antigen testing

The Virginia Department of Health announced Thursday additional Walgreens locations will provide Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing at no cost for those who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

  No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic, HHS leaders say

Calls to hotlines reporting suspected abuse are down compared to 2019, while calls to support centers from hard-up families seeking assistance have increased.

MRRJ: 2 additional inmates test positive for COVID-19

Middle River Regional Jail reports two additional inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus since its last COVID-19 facility-wide testing on Jan. 13.

Gov. Northam provides update on COVID-19 vaccinations in Virginia

Post Malone donates 10,000 Crocs to frontline workers

Pope Francis gets first dose of COVID vaccine

  US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

  WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic origins

  EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for?

  Firefighters raise money for elderly woman who lost son’s ashes in house fire

The 76-year-old woman had a tough 2020. Her son died from COVID-19, and she lost two houses, one due to money problems and the other to fire.

  COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson successful in early trials

Johnson & Johnson is contracted to deliver 100 million vaccine doses to the U.S. government if it wins approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists, the U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins’ count.

  IRS gets more COVID-19 relief payments out after delays

A number of people who filed their taxes with an online preparation service initially found that their economic impact payment did not make it to them directly. The IRS and tax preparation service companies say they've been working diligently to resolve the issue.

ACPS Superintendent to recommend return to all-virtual instruction

Superintendent Matt Haas told families in a letter today that he will make that recommendation to the school board Thursday night.

  VDH provides recommendation on how to quarantine if family member has COVID-19

The Virginia Department of Health says it is safest to quarantine for 14 days if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you were in close contact with someone who did, but that is difficult if you’re living in a house with family or roommates.

  Vaccine time: How to overcome your fear of needles

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, but for millions of Americans, a fear of needles may make the decision to get the vaccine even harder.

  Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation.

  ‘I thought I had a lifetime’: Wife watches husband’s decline from COVID-19 via FaceTime

Doctors say the husband and father of three will need a lung transplant to live, but he needs to be more stable for surgery.

  Veterans, friends of more than 70 years vaccinated for COVID-19 together

The two friends are staying connected despite the COVID-19 pandemic, going together to get their first doses of the vaccine at a Veterans Affairs medical facility.

  UVA physicians participate in ‘Color and COVID’ webinar

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has shined a light on disparities in health care and treatment. The issue now is what to do about it.

  Waynesboro students back in the classroom amid teacher concerns

Waynesboro students are back in the classroom, and for the first time this school year, everybody has the opportunity to come in. But, this move doesn’t come without some concerns.

  UVA Health banning visitors in wake of COVID-19 surge

Visiting rules are changing at the University of Virginia Health System. This comes in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases around Charlottesville and across Virginia.

  BRHD trying to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations in greater-Charlottesville area

As 11 health districts in Virginia begin to vaccinate folks against the coronavirus under Phase 1B, the Blue Ridge Health District and others are still focusing on vaccinating Phase 1A individuals.

  US to require all arriving passengers to get COVID-19 test

Anyone flying to the U.S. will soon need to show proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

  US shifts to speed vaccinations; won’t hold back 2nd doses

States determine who should get the vaccine based on CDC guidelines.

  US cancer rates drop record amount, impact of COVID uncertain

Fewer people are smoking, cancers are being detected earlier and treatments have advanced.

VDH releases tool to determine eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine

The Virginia Department of Health has released a new tool to help Virginians determine their eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine, and when they might be able to get it.

  China says WHO experts to visit Wuhan in virus origins probe

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the experts will arrive in Wuhan on Thursday. Other details of their schedule haven’t been announced and the central government’s National Health Commission offered no further information.

  Mother of 6 dies from COVID-19 days after doctors deliver baby

With the mother reportedly having no underlying conditions other than pregnancy, her family wants to make it clear how dangerous COVID-19 can be.

  ‘He is a miracle’: NY baby survives liver transplant, COVID-19

The baby boy is getting to ready to celebrate his first birthday, just months after surviving COVID-19 and receiving a liver transplant.

  Staunton students to head back to class for first time since pandemic started

A majority of Staunton students have been learning virtually all year, but that changes next Tuesday when Staunton City Schools implements its hybrid teaching plan.

  Louisa County Schools to begin all-remote learning Thursday

Louisa County Public Schools announced Monday it will transition to fully remote learning beginning Thursday due to a staffing shortage.

Shenandoah Valley hospitals say they are prepared to help all patients, COVID-19 or not

Hospital officials in the Central Shenandoah Health district said they are constantly working to ensure that there is enough space for all patients in need of care.

  VDH: Retirement home visitation guidance unlikely to change in early stages of vaccine rollout

The first thing on many minds after the COVID-19 vaccination is seeing loved ones again, perhaps even hugging them. Experts with Virginia’s Department of Health say visitation at retirement homes is unlikely to happen for a while.

  US ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans

As of Monday morning, about 6.7 million Americans had received their first shot of the vaccine, or just 2% of the U.S. population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine study seeking minority participants

Clinical Research Partners in Henrico is conducting the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trials in the metro area and desperately needs more people of color to get involved.

13 additional inmates, 3 additional staff test positive for COVID-19 at MRRJ

Since Middle River Regional Jail’s last update, officials report 13 additional inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

  COVID-19 taking toll on Los Angeles EMTs

EMTs in Los Angeles County are facing demanding shifts while helping COVID-19 patients.

  China: WHO experts arriving Thursday for virus origins probe

A culture of secrecy, fostered by the Chinese government, is believed to have delayed warnings about the pandemic, blocked the sharing of information with the WHO and hampered early testing.

  Pope’s doctor dies from COVID-19 complications

Pope Francis' personal doctor has died as a result of complications due to COVID-19.

  Wis. teacher says she caught COVID-19 in classroom, leading to husband’s death

Within two weeks of her return to in-person learning, the teacher contracted COVID-19, which she then passed on to her husband and her mother. Her husband died.

  Queen Elizabeth II and husband receive COVID-19 vaccinations

The injections were administered at Windsor Castle, where the queen and her husband have been spending their time during the lockdown in England.

  Facts, Faith, and Fauci: Virginia Dept. of Health hosts conversation with infectious disease expert

A shot of hope is near, but there are questions about how soon until it’s here for everyone.

Food and Farm workers in Virginia are next in line for COVID-19 vaccine

The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation requested they get the vaccine sooner to avoid shortages of food in grocery stores.

  Staunton’s Arcadia Project pushes forward despite COVID-19 pandemic

Performing arts have been hit hard during the pandemic, but that’s not holding the Arcadia Project back. They’re pushing forward to restore the historic theatre in downtown Staunton and to create a space for people to gather.

VDH: Next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations to start in northern, western VA

Starting on Jan. 11, select health districts around Virginia will begin vaccinating groups of people in Phase 1b.

  UVA Health managing surge of COVID-19 cases

As coronavirus cases continue to rise after the holidays, UVA Health says the hospital has been able to manage this influx of COVID-19 patients.

  U.S. tops 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus for 1st time

The U.S. has recorded more than 4,000 daily deaths from COVID-19 for the first time.

  Study suggests Pfizer vaccine works against virus variant

New research suggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two contagious variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa.

  London mayor seeks help as UK sees record new virus deaths

Sadiq Khan declared a “major incident,″ as the rapid spread of the virus pushed hospitals to breaking point.

  UK regulators approve use of 3rd vaccine against coronavirus

So far, Britain has inoculated 5 million people with two other vaccines.

VDH labels Capitol riots a superspreader event

Health experts with the Virginia Department of Health fear the ramifications of the deadly riots at the capitol won’t just be political.

  Augusta County students to return to the classroom next week

Augusta County Schools anticipates its students will return to the classroom next week as planned after a post-winter break week of virtual learning.

  Charlottesville School Board delays in-person return again citing COVID surge

Students are no closer to going back to their classrooms in Charlottesville.

Augusta Health provides COVID-19 vaccine clinic update; has administered 1,910 vaccines

Augusta Health released a COVID-19 vaccine clinic update Thursday, January 7, and the healthcare system says some employees have received their second doses of the vaccine.

  US registering highest deaths yet from the coronavirus

The virus is surging in virtually every state, with California particularly hard hit.

  There are new coronavirus strains: Can our vaccines stop them?

New variants of the coronavirus seem to make it more easily spread, but scientists say they haven't made the vaccine obsolete yet.

  US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell slightly to 787,000, evidence of a job market stumbling in the face of the viral pandemic and the damage it has inflicted on the economy for nearly 10 months.

City of Richmond to distribute PPE to small businesses

The kits are specifically designed for small businesses to provide as safe as possible an experience for employees and customers.

  Augusta County Board of Supervisors picks chair and vice chair

A new year means a new vote for the Augusta County Board of Supervisors leaders. Gerald Garber will keep his seat at chair and Butch Wells will step into the role of vice-chair.

VEC releases timeline for implementing renewed unemployment benefits programs

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) has released new information on when extended and enhanced unemployment benefits will begin to rollout.

VADOC reports 5 COVID-19 offender deaths at Augusta Correctional Center

Wednesday, January 6, the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) reported five offenders have died due to the coronavirus at the Augusta Correctional Center.

  UK leader to use ‘every second’ to vaccinate the vulnerable during return to lockdown

Britain reported more than 60,000 new daily coronavirus cases for the first time on Tuesday. More than 391,000 people have tested positive in the past seven days, up 44% from the previous week.

  Hospitals struggle to keep up in COVID-19 hotspot California

Some hospitals have had to close their doors at times because they’ve become so overwhelmed, leaving ambulances waiting up to eight hours and diverting others to different emergency rooms.

  Blue Ridge Health District’s COVID vaccination clinic opens its doors Wednesday morning

On Wednesday morning, the Blue Ridge Health District’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic opened its doors to continue administering administer shots to first responders in Central Virginia.

Central Shenandoah Health District looking for volunteers

The Central Shenandoah Health District is looking for volunteers to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine. The district is calling for people to join the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps.

Grammy Awards shift to March due to pandemic conditions

The 2021 Grammy Awards will no longer take place this month in Los Angeles and will broadcast in March due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases and deaths.