Coronavirus

Madison Free Clinic hosts first drive-through COVID-19 testing event

Three months into the pandemic, testing efforts across Virginia are still very important in order to keep coronavirus a bay.

Prince William reveals he’s been a helpline volunteer

  New federal COVID-19 nursing home data fraught with inaccuracies, overcounts and undercounts

Staunton kicks off Dine Out in Downtown

Mobile COVID-19 testing makes stop in Staunton

  Restaurants prepare for dine-in options with start of Phase 2

  Ragged Mountain Running Shop co-owner gives advice for exercising safely in the summer heat

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  US unemployment drops unexpectedly to 13.3% amid outbreak; Trump hails job report

Virginia health dept. urges protesters to take precautions against COVID-19

Staunton Parks and Recreation opens more facilities under Phase 2

Trump jabs Maine’s Democratic governor; she hits back

  Roof Top Services owner says there is a certain deterioration homeowners must pay attention to in their roofs

Multiple Alabama football players test positive for coronavirus

  Livestreaming this weekend: Ben Folds, Bobby V and ‘Carousel’ top our virtual entertainment choices

There's plenty of virtual entertainment for your COVID-19 weekend.

Most of Virginia began Phase Two of reopening | Here’s a look at the guidelines, exceptions

Most of Virginia began Phase Two of reopening on June 5following the guidelines put in place by Gov. Ralph Northam.

Navy carrier sidelined by virus is back operating in Pacific

The Roosevelt pulled into Guam March 27, with a rapidly escalating number of sailors testing positive for the virus.

  Nonprofit organizes tribute to front line workers at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital

Healthcare workers at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital got a special tribute in the form of a parade and a flyover for their work during the coronavirus pandemic.

NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan

  Study on safety of malaria drugs for coronavirus retracted

JC Penney closing 154 stores in first post-bankruptcy phase

Charlottesville woman helps collect face masks for elderly voters

  Riverheads High School holding individual graduation ceremonies

Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County working together for economic recovery

  Gyms prepare to reopen at 30% capacity for Phase 2

Prepare to get your sweat on. Gyms in Central Virginia will reopen their doors on Friday for Phase 2 of the Governor’s “Forward Virginia” plan.

Disney World to open with no parades, fireworks

When Walt Disney World reopens next month for the first time since it closed due to the spread of the new coronavirus, there will be no parades, fireworks shows nor “meet-and-greet” sessions with performers dressed as Disney characters.

  Black-owned business sees customer size triple

Supporting black-owned businesses can take many forms, but sometimes it’s a simple as buying a meal.

  COVID-19 testing held outside Church of the Incarnation in Albemarle County

Several groups teamed up to offer free COVID-19 testing at at Church of the Incarnation in Albemarle Co. Thursday, June 4.

  UK hosts vaccine summit amid calls for free virus vaccine

The United Nations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have urged that "a people's vaccine" be developed for COVID-19 that would be freely available to everyone, calling it a "moral imperative."

  Autopsy report shows Floyd tested positive for coronavirus

The 20-page report released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office came with the family’s permission and after the coroner’s office released summary findings Monday that Floyd’s heart stopped while he was being restrained by officers, and classified his May 25 death as a homicide.

  How to travel safely during COVID-19

Social distancing is just a start when you’re traveling by air.

Social distancing not required at Trump Mount Rushmore event

Organizers have scrapped plans to mandate social distancing during President Donald Trump's appearance at a July 3 Mount Rushmore fireworks display and won't limit the crowd due to coronavirus concerns, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday.

Albemarle Co. announces changes for Phase Two

Albemarle County is announcing some changes its taking as much of the commonwealth readies to enter Phase Two of Gov. Northam’s Forward Virginia plan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Gov. Northam announces the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond will be removed

Governor Northam has announced that the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will be removed from Richmond’s Monument Avenue as soon as possible.

  1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

The diminishing pace suggests that the job market meltdown that was triggered by the coronavirus may have bottomed out as more companies call at least some of their former employees back to work.

  Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

For weeks, President Donald Trump has been eager to publicly turn the page on the coronavirus pandemic. Now fears are growing within the White House that the very thing that finally shoved the virus from center stage — mass protests over the death of George Floyd — may bring about its resurgence.

Cinema chain AMC warns it may not survive the pandemic

Movie theater chain AMC warned Wednesday that it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered its theaters and led film studios to explore releasing more movies directly to viewers over the internet.

  As Phase 2 approaches, Charlottesville businesses react and prepare

Phase 2 of reopening Virginia is just on the horizon. Many businesses rejoiced the Governor’s decision to loosen restrictions, while others were disappointed, as they do not feel ready.

Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in a rigorous study

Results published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine show that hydroxychloroquine was no better than placebo pills at preventing illness from the coronavirus.

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to make it easier for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of a payroll subsidy program that’s been a central part of Washington’s response to the corresponding economic crisis.

  Top Notch Family Pharmacy opening Charlottesville store on Friday

Pharmacists across the country are helping people stay healthy during the pandemic. One Charlottesville pharmacy continues to step up to plate.

VDH to offer free COVID-19 testing in Staunton June 5

Free COVID-19 tests will available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the parking lot for the gym at Gypsy Hill Park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 5.

Albemarle County staff distribute free face masks for community

Albemarle County staff members were busy Wednesday handing out free reusable cloth face masks to people who need them.

Bridgewater Retirement Community president tests positive for COVID-19

The president of Bridgewater Retirement Community has tested positive for COVID-19, as have two construction workers recently contracted to work at the facility.

US job losses in May could raise 3-month total to 30 million

The epic damage to America’s job market from the viral outbreak will come into sharper focus Friday when the government releases the May employment report. Eight million more jobs are estimated to have been lost.

Task force formed to help Shenandoah Valley-area businesses

The SAW MSA Recovery Task Force is focused on providing resources to small businesses to ensure a safe and speedy recovery during the COVID-19 crisis

Virginia public health officials begin statewide study of COVID-19 antibodies

The Virginia Department of Health is beginning a study to find out how many people in the commonwealth have antibodies to COVID-19. The University of Virginia will lead the Virginia Coronavirus Serology Project.

  FDA approves new NASA, Fitbit ventilators

These ventilators are less expensive, short-term options for health care providers.

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

The NBA has suspended its season on March 11 “until further notice” after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus.

NerdWallet: Ask an expert: Is any travel safe?

Social distancing is still key for pandemic safety, especially while traveling.

Curfews, pandemic test voters in primaries held amid unrest

Polls have begun to close as voters navigated curfews and health concerns in a slate of primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to host elections amid dueling crises.

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after host North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

Cville Plans Together releases survey results from members working on housing affordability

A steering committee in Charlottesville tasked with addressing the city’s affordable housing issue finds racial equity is the most critical issue facing the city.

  Waynesboro BOOST tourism grant applications open

Businesses and organizations are invited to apply for the $2,500 Waynesboro BOOST Tourism Grant.

Albemarle County handing out free face masks

County workers will be handing out free face masks at Cale and Hollymead elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday and Friday. They'll be set up at Woodbrook Elementary School on Saturday.

  Teen depression on upswing during pandemic

Experts say parents of teens need to be looking for warning signs of depression.

  TJHD holds drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Crozet

The Thomas Jefferson Health District held drive-thru testing in Crozet Tuesday, June 2. Testing sites like these help health officials see what communities the virus is prevalent in, and if there are specific places they need to conduct more testing.

Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion

Many of the protests broke out in places where the virus is still circulating widely in the population.

  Governor Northam speaks about protests, phase 2 of coronavirus precautions

Governor Ralph Northam discussed the recent protests and coronavirus at his briefing on Tuesday, June 2.

  Pucker up: Man drinks lemon juice through straw in record time

David Rush is a tech company senior product manager, who also holds 149 Guinness World Records.

VDH to offer free COVID-19 testing in Craigsville June 4

Free COVID-19 tests will available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Craisgville Town Hall and Community Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4.

  Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

But as Parisians reclaimed their rhythm of city life, health experts warned that virus cases are still rising in Latin America, the world's latest COVID-19 epicenter.

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

A military deployment by Trump to U.S. states would mark a stunning federal intervention not seen in modern American history.

Art illumination honors front line workers at Charlottesville area hospitals

Front line workers at Sentara Martha Jefferson and University of Virginia hospitals got an artful and luminous thank you Monday night.

Staunton Public Library plans reopening

The Staunton Public Library is resuming some services the week of June 8.

  Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA celebrates 25 years

The Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA is celebrating 25 years at its North Coalter location in Staunton.

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

The House’s staggering $3 trillion package is mothballed in the Senate, where Republicans are focused instead on trimming unemployment benefits and getting Americans back to work. Quick action by Congress is skidding to a halt.

  When there’s a pandemic, have a parade (but do it safely)

The parks and rec team took to the streets of the city dressed as a crazy cast of characters, including Scooby-Doo, Mr. Potato Head and a T-rex.

Albemarle County Public Schools and Kids-Lift use Amazon Wish List for donations

Many students at Stone Robinson Elementary and other schools in Albemarle County rely on their school to provide meals and additional services, like backpacks filled with food for the weekend. With a growing need due to COVID-19 and with school out of session, who can students rely on for help?

Nearly 26,000 nursing home deaths reported as lockdowns ease

The first day of June saw coronavirus restrictions ease from Asia to Europe to the United States on Monday, even as U.S. protests against police brutality sparked fears of new outbreaks.

Augusta County Sheriff’s deputy tests positive for coronavirus

An Augusta County Sheriff's deputy has been quarantined after testing positive for coronavirus last Friday.

Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

Remdesivir is the only treatment that’s been shown in a rigorous experiment to help fight the coronavirus.

VDH to offer free COVID-19 testing in Buena Vista June 3

Free COVID-19 tests will available on a first-come-first-serve basis at Parry McCluer High School from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3.

  Italy loosens travel restrictions, reopens to tourism

Italians will be allowed to freely move about the country and European Union visitors will be welcomed without quarantine requirements.

Pier 1 closing all stores; bankruptcy approved

Pier 1 can now begin to shut down retail operations in about 500 stores across the country.

  Radio host, pawn store owner filing lawsuit over Gov. Northam’s mask policy

Charlottesville radio host Rob Schilling and pawn shop Owner Tobey Bouch are suing Governor Ralph Northam and other state officials over the mask mandate.

  Artist with autism thanks essential workers with balloon sculptures

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the balloon artist has used his sculptures to express gratitude to grocery store workers, mail carriers and healthcare workers.

  Remains of Mont. veteran who died from coronavirus lost in mail for months

The Air Force veteran and his wife had been on a trip abroad for their 41st anniversary when he became ill, later dying in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital.

Charlottesville Circuit Court Clerk’s Office to remain limited to appointment only

As many courts and clerks offices across Virginia slowly reopen, the Charlottesville Circuit Court Clerk’s Office is keeping their doors closed.

  Blue Ridge Area Food Bank sees number of new families in need quadruple

As the pandemic forced many into unemployment, families are turning to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank more than ever in order to get dinner on the table.

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at packed gatherings with people cheering and jeering, many without masks.

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

Joe Biden will spend the next five months presenting himself as a calming, competent alternative to the tumultuous administration of President Donald Trump.