Coronavirus

  Novavax: Large study finds COVID-19 shot about 90% effective

While demand for COVID-19 shots in the U.S. has dropped off dramatically, the need for more vaccines around the world remains critical.

VDH: 677,812 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 11,318 deaths

  Schools across US brace for surge of kindergartners in fall

Over 47% of Virginians fully vaccinated | More than 8.6 million doses administered

  Travel rebound: 2 million people go through US airports

  Unvaccinated teens marked by numbers at NH high school prom

  National produce shortage reaches Moe’s Original Barbeque in Charlottesville

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CSHD sees good turnouts at schools, neighborhood vaccine clinic sites

Waynesboro businesses work to bounce back after pandemic

  Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital works to get more people vaccinated

  Pediatricians update COVID guidelines for kids in sports

  Moderna seeks COVID vaccine approval for kids 12-17

  US extends expiration dates for J&J COVID vaccine by 6 weeks

BRHD: 60% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

So far, 60 percent of people living in the Blue Ridge Health District have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but there are still many folks who are unable to get the shot.

  US unemployment claims fall to 376,000, sixth straight drop

Businesses are reopening rapidly as the rollout of vaccines allows Americans to feel more comfortable returning to restaurants, bars and shops.

  J&J working to extend shelf life of COVID-19 vaccine as millions approach expiration

Currently, the vaccine can be stored up to three months at refrigerator temperatures.

  Charlottesville and Albemarle County police participate in Torch Run for Special Olympics

The Charlottesville and Albemarle County Police departments ran in the annual Torch Run to raise money for Special Olympics athletes.

  COVID Delta variant sparks major concerns in US

  US deaths from heart disease and diabetes climbed amid COVID-19

  Infectious disease doctor awarded for his work during the pandemic at UVA

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VCU Health launches new COVID-19 clinic for patients with chronic symptoms

  EXPLAINER: The US investigation into COVID-19 origins

  Carnival cruises to welcome vaccinated passengers at Texas port in July

Carnival confirmed it’s planning to set sail in less than four weeks.

  Staunton nonprofit helping people in Ethiopia with clean water access

A Staunton nonprofit is helping people on the other side of the world have something people in the United States might take for granted... clean water.

Virginia Tech will require students to be vaccinated this fall

Virginia Tech has announced COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all students attending the school this fall, with limited exceptions.

  US increasingly unlikely to meet Biden’s July 4 vax goal

For months, President Joe Biden has laid out goal after goal for taming the coronavirus pandemic and then exceeded his own benchmarks.

  BRHD hitting the road with mobile health clinic

The Blue Ridge Health District unveiled a mobile health clinic Tuesday, June 8, with a little help from Gov. Ralph Northam.

  Pfizer launches vaccine trial for children 11 and younger

Pfizer plans to enroll up to 4,500 kids in the United States, Finland, Poland, and Spain.

  WTO panel considers easing protections on COVID-19 vaccines

Envoys from World Trade Organization member nations are taking up a proposal to ease patents and other intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines to help developing countries fight the pandemic.

  The Jefferson School Heritage Center prepares for Juneteenth celebration

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center is gearing up for a Juneteenth celebration, the day that marks the true end of slavery in the United States.

  The Starr Hill Health Center releases a video series

The Sentara Starr Hill Health Center is rolling out a new initiative to help people at home learn more about their bodies.

  CDC report renews calls for young people to get COVID-19 vaccine

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is renewing calls to get eligible young Americans vaccinated against COVID-19.

All VCU students required to get vaccine for fall semester, university says

According to survey results, the majority of students, parents, faculty and staff support the requirement.

  Royal Caribbean sets 2021 cruises in Florida, Texas, Alaska

Royal Caribbean said that its first U.S. sailing since March 2020 will leave Miami on July 2.

  UVA Health doctors describe lessons learned, future hopes after more than a year of pandemic life

They say the job still has its challenges, but they’ve learned a lot. Now, they have some hope.

  UVA health shares vaccination updates

According to Univeristy of Virginia Health, Charlottesville and Albemarle County are ahead of the state in first dose vaccination rates.

  US businesses struggle to fill jobs even as hiring picks up

The speed of the rebound from the pandemic recession has caught employers off guard and touched off a scramble to hire.

  Studies suggest vaccines may not fully protect immunocompromised Americans

Studies suggest some people who take immunosuppressants might not have had a strong response to the vaccine and therefore might not be protected against the virus.

  Heart reaction probed as possible rare vaccine link in teens

Health authorities are trying to determine whether heart inflammation that can occur along with many types of infections could also be a rare side effect in teens after the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Valley health district still has work to do to reach Biden’s 70% vaccinated goal by July 4

As of June 3, nearly 68 percent of Virginia’s adults 18 and older have gotten at least one shot, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), but numbers are lower in the Valley where VDH is reporting 35 to 55 percent of people have at least one dose of the vaccine.

  US to swiftly boost global vaccine sharing, Biden announces

The White House has previously stated its intent to share 80 million vaccine doses with the world by the end of June.

Virginia Department of Health answers questions about kids and the COVID-19 vaccine

Kids have recently taken center stage in the vaccination efforts across Virginia as teenagers now qualify for the Pfizer vaccine.

  COVID vaccinations drop below 1 million per day

More than 169 million people, which is more than 51% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

  EXPLAINER: Why and when do COVID-19 vaccines expire?

The vaccines authorized in the U.S., made by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, can last for up to about six months from the time of manufacture, depending on how they’re stored.

  CDC considers changes in mask guidelines for kids in school

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is signaling it may lift the face mask recommendation for children in the classroom over the summer.

  Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I’m vaccinated?

The updated guidance reflects recent studies showing vaccinated people face very little risk of serious disease.

  Virginia Career Works hosts job fair

More than 50 hiring employers in Charlottesville and surrounding areas came out to Darden Towe Park Wednesday for a job fair held by Virginia Career Works.

  Vaccine protection may diminish need for yearly boosters

Nearly 63% of the adult U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 133.6 million, or more than 40 percent, are fully vaccinated.

Charlottesville DePaul Community Resources recruits foster families

DePaul Community Resource's Charlottesville location is looking for foster families.

  Summer Reading Program kicks off in Augusta County

The Augusta County Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off this week. It’s also the month the library trades in some of their virtual programming for outdoor, in-person experiences.

UVA Medical Center relaxes COVID-19 visitation restrictions

More family and friends can once again visit loved ones at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

  Charlottesville organizations bringing COVID-19 vaccines to people’s homes

The Blue Ridge Health District, UVA Health, and the Charlottesville Fire Dept. are teaming up to bring COVID-19 vaccines to people in need while also making sure their living situation is safe.

  Japan’s vaccine push ahead of Olympics looks to be too late

The International Olympic Committee says more than 80% of athletes and staff staying in the Olympic Village on Tokyo Bay will be vaccinated — and they are expected to remain largely in a bubble at the village and venues.

  Moderna files for full COVID-19 vaccine approval

Moderna is filing for a Biologics License Application with the FDA for its COVID-19 vaccine, the pharmaceutical company announced Tuesday morning.

  Florida concert tickets cost $18 for vaccinated, $999 for unvaccinated

Everyone attending the concert at the $18 price must show proof of vaccination at the door.

‘4 Our Freedom’ hosts annual 5K virtually

'4 Our Freedom' organization is registering people to run in their virtual 5K.

  Thieves steal $740,000 from churches by taking checks from mailboxes

Investigators say the suspects used the money to buy clothes, food, vehicles and entertainment. They also sent large amounts of money overseas.

  Protest held over Tenn. store’s ‘not vaccinated’ yellow star badges

In addition, Stetson said it would pull its products from the hat store as a result of “the offensive content and opinions shared.”

Major theater chains drop mask requirements for vaccinated moviegoers

AMC, Regal and Cinemark all say fully vaccinated customers are no longer required to wear a mask inside their theaters.

New JMU vaccine guidelines brings mixed reactions

James Madison University announced Thursday their COVID-19 vaccine guidelines for students returning to campus in the fall, but some members of the JMU community have split opinions on the vaccine requirements.

  Society is opening again, now what? Dealing with COVID re-entry anxiety

Crowded spaces and eased restrictions are forcing Americans to adapt again to large social gatherings, maskless conversations and a faster pace of life.

Children and teens could face ‘no mask’ anxiety as restrictions ease

New guidelines are allowing fully vaccinated individuals to ditch their masks, but for some kids and teens, seeing others let their mask go may cause anxiety.

  CDC loosens mask guidance for summer campers

Kids at summer camps can skip wearing masks outdoors, with some exceptions.

  Travel numbers climb as Americans hit the road for holiday

With states across the country loosening COVID-19 restrictions, Americans are eager to travel this Memorial Day weekend.

  Cities, states, businesses offer big vaccine incentives

Officials are trying all sorts of ways to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 shots, including lotteries with big bucks.

  COVID afflicted 1 in 10 Americans, Johns Hopkins says

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 33.2 million reported cases nationwide.

Charlottesville City Manager approves executive order updating mask requirements for employees

Charlottesville is adjusting protocols for city employees as Virginia eases coronavirus-related restrictions.

Easing of coronavirus-related restrictions leads some to anxiety

With the recent lift of the mask mandate more people are out and about. However, some people are experiencing a change in their mental health.

Virginia COVID restrictions end Friday

Virginia will ease all COVID-related distancing and capacity restrictions Friday, May 28, two weeks earlier than planned.

  Kroger announces $1M cash prizes, year of free groceries to reward vaccinations

Kroger is launching a campaign to encourage more Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

  ‘A whirlwind’: 1st Ohio vaccine lottery winners speak out

More than 2.7 million adults signed up for the $1 million prize and more than 104,000 children ages 12 to 17 entered the drawing for the college scholarship, which includes tuition, room and board, and books.

JMU to require COVID-19 vaccine

James Madison University announced Thursday, May 27, that students will be required to provide verification that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester.

Warner & Kaine announce more than $8.8M in funding to support vaccination efforts

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced $8,899,215.83 in federal funding to support Virginia Dep.t of Emergency Management's COVID-19 vaccination efforts

  First quarter GDP unchanged at robust 6.4% annual rate

The U.S. economy grew at a robust annual rate of 6.4% in the first three months of this year, unchanged from the government’s initial estimate.

  US jobless claims fall to 406,000, a new pandemic low

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to 406,000, a new pandemic low and more evidence that the job market is strengthening as the virus wanes and the economy further reopens.

  CVS offering vacations, prizes for COVID-19 vaccinations

The drugstore chain officials say they’ll launch a sweepstakes on June 1 with weekly drawings and more than 1,000 potential prizes for customers who get shots through CVS or register for them.

  How COVID-19 wastewater testing could be used, even as the pandemic winds down

As more and more people get the shot, Mathers says wastewater testing may move to the broader community.

How close to reaching herd immunity?

The goal is having about 75 percent of the Commonwealth fully vaccinated to reach herd immunity. The Virginia Department of Health reports around 54 percent of adults are fully vaccinated in the Commonwealth.

  Feds take down Medicare scams that preyed on virus fears

The Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against more than a dozen people from Florida to California in a series of Medicare scams that exploited coronavirus fears to bill tens of millions of dollars in bogus claims.

Augusta Health reaches 75,000 vaccines administered

Augusta Health has reached another milestone in its effort to vaccinate the Shenandoah Valley against COVID-19.