Coronavirus

Changes for Verona’s Mill Place Commerce Park concept

Wednesday night during a Board of Supervisors meeting, Augusta County leaders voted in favor of changing the vision for Mill Place Commerce Park in Verona.

Country music star Trisha Yearwood tests positive for COVID-19

  Gov. Northam announces easing of some restrictions, updates vaccine status in Va.

  FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

UVA Health: Common vaccine side effect could skew mammogram screenings

  States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

Additional pharmacy networks to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Virginia

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  Combined flu, COVID-19 vaccine possible in future, UK virologist says

More than 1.15 million people receive first dose of vaccine | Over 516k fully vaccinated

VDH: 568,946 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 7,807 deaths

  New LEAD Program aims to keep people out of jail

  States rush to catch up on delayed vaccines, expand access

  Fewer Americans concerned about getting COVID, but fear still high

  Drug executives: Big jump in vaccine supply is coming soon

By the end of March, Pfizer and Moderna expect to have provided the U.S. government with a total of 220 million vaccine doses, up from the roughly 75 million shipped so far.

  Hundreds receive their second COVID-19 vaccine at Albemarle Co. site

More than 800 people are getting their second dose of protection against COVID-19 at the Blue Ridge Health District’s clinic at the former Kmart in Albemarle County.

  Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday that his country is doing better than the United States in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, even though Mexico’s per capita death rate is probably higher and the country has vaccinated less than one percent of its population.

  ‘They went together’: Couple married 44 years die from COVID-19 just days apart

The couple's family is encouraging others to get vaccinated in hopes they can avoid pain and suffering at the hands of COVID-19.

  US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

  School testing can be delayed but not canceled, feds say

  800 expected to receive 2nd COVID-19 vaccine at Kmart site Feb. 23

  Congress preps for first votes on $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

  Shops, haircuts return in April as UK lifts lockdown slowly

  UK data: COVID-19 vaccines sharply cut hospitalizations

5 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome identified in Richmond-area children

The five cases were identified in the Chickahominy, Chesterfield and Richmond/Henrico health districts between October 2020 and Feb. 18, 2021.

  Woman, 73, studying nursing to visit husband in care facility during COVID-19

The pandemic has only caused confusion for her husband of 26 years, who has Parkinson’s and dementia.

  Charlottesville physicians say required pay sick leave could minimize spread of COVID-19

Dr. Michael Williams of UVA's Center for Health Policy and Dr. Greg Gelburd, a family physician in Charlottesville, are urging the VA Senate to pass paid sick leave legislation.

  US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

The U.S. stands at the brink of 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

  Beyond 100M: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers

The United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks.

  Mont. boy, 13, suffers COVID-19 symptoms, including heart problems, for months

The 13-year-old contracted COVID-19 in November. He hasn’t been to school since and continues to experience symptoms, many severe, from the illness.

  ‘They want their babysitters back’: Entire California school board resigns after hot mic comments

Trustees were awaiting the start of the meeting when they began discussing parents’ letters and social media posts about reopening schools.

  UVA President Ryan apologizes for COVID-19 surge

A spring semester at the University of Virginia that started with the hope of health has instead brought about the hardest-hitting COVID-19 surge in the area since the pandemic began.

  Staunton’s Valley Mission celebrates 50 years

The Valley Mission in Staunton serves the area’s homeless and other community members 24-7 every day of the year, and this is their 50th year doing it. In five decades the Mission has seen a lot of changes and continues to overcome challenges to help people in need.

Airlines plan to ask passengers for contact-tracing details

The U.S. airline industry is pledging to expand the practice of asking passengers on flights to the United States for information that public health officials could use for contact tracing during the pandemic.

  UVA Health physicians tracking COVID-19 variants

Doctors at the University of Virginia are working to track down highly contagious variants of COVID-19 in the community.

VDH: bad weather down south caused delayed delivery of 105,000 Moderna vaccines

The Virginia Department of Health says it ran into a roadblock this week with COVID-19 vaccine deliveries. More than 105,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine got held up in transit due to winter weather troubles.

No ditching the mask just yet post-vaccine, UVA infectious disease expert says

As you get your COVID-19 vaccine in the next few months, you may wonder how long it lasts and how much it protects you from variants? There is no clear answer to those questions, which is why experts say safety precautions can’t be abandoned.

  Rescheduling vaccination appointments through CVS causing frustration

Some people trying to reschedule their coronavirus vaccine appointments due to last week’s winter storm through CVS are hitting roadblocks.

  Winter weather temporarily delays shipment of 6 million vaccine doses, White House says

The shipment of six million vaccine doses has been temporarily delayed.

  Walgreens to get 300,000 more vaccine doses each week

Starting next week, the pharmacy says it will receive more than 480,000 doses per week.

  Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine can be stored longer in regular freezer

Right now, the vaccine is approved to only be stored at normal refrigeration temperatures for up to five days and can only last up to six months in an ultra-cold freezer.

  Police: 2 women dressed as older ladies to try to get second COVID-19 vaccine in Fla.

Officials at the site called police after the women’s birth dates on their ID cards did not match what they used to register.

Blue Ridge Health District explains problems from Kmart site vaccine clinic

The Blue Ridge Health District released a statement outlining the ways that its vaccination clinic on Wednesday, February 17 “did not go as planned.”

UVA Health’s GERI-PaL program receives high honors

UVA Health System is receiving high honors for a program used to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities and reduce mortality when outbreaks occur.

VHHA: Hospitals have given over 659,000 vaccines so far

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, as of Feb. 16, hospitals across the commonwealth have given 659,245 COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines so far.

  Experts warn against COVID-19 variants as states reopen

As states lift mask rules and ease restrictions on restaurants and other businesses because of falling case numbers, public health officials say authorities are overlooking potentially more dangerous COVID-19 variants that are quietly spreading through the U.S.

  US jobless claims jump to 861,000 as layoffs stay high

Layoffs remain high with an economy still under pressure from the virus.

  Better Business Bureau warns about potential COVID-19 scammers

There are many fake COVID-19 websites circulating online that may look real at first glance, but the Better Business Bureau is asking you to do your research before giving up any personal information to potential scammers.

  US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics, nearly two years, according to preliminary estimates Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Calif. woman issued license with photo of her wearing face mask

Although the woman's license is technically valid, she will still be asked to return for a no fee duplicate photo without her mask.

  Thousands of service members saying no to COVID-19 vaccine

The significant number of forces declining the vaccine is worrisome because troops often live, work and fight closely together in environments where social distancing and wearing masks are difficult.

  Cestari Country Store opens in Augusta Springs, owner says wool is once again king

A new store nestled into the countryside of Augusta County features wool as its main attraction. The owner of the operation says they’re selling more wool and yarn than ever before.

  Crippling weather hampers vaccine deliveries, distribution

The U.S. is vaccinating an average of 1.7 million Americans per day against COVID-19, up from under 1 million a month ago.

  Augusta Health’s COVID Vaccine Clinic gets help from volunteers

Augusta Health’s COVID Vaccine Clinic is getting positive reviews from those that have able to get an appointment and received a vaccine.

US govt seizes roughly 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe

Nearly a year into the pandemic, fraud remains a major problem as scammers seek to exploit hospitals and desperate Americans.

  EXPLAINER: How will we know we’ve reached herd immunity?

Nobody knows for sure what the herd immunity threshold is for the coronavirus, though many experts say it’s 70% or higher. And the emergence of variants is further complicating the picture.

  New York sues Amazon over worker safety during pandemic

New York is suing Amazon, claiming the company failed to provide workers with a safe environment at two warehouses in the state as COVID-19 infections surged nationwide.

  Native Americans embrace vaccine, virus containment measures

The trend owes itself both to a harsh reality — Native Americans and Alaskan Natives are four times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and tradition.

  Seattle woman, 90, walks 6 miles through snow for vaccine

A rare winter storm that dumped a foot of snow on Seattle couldn’t keep a 90-year-old woman from making her first COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

  NY teacher dies from COVID-19 after ‘work from home’ request denied

The family can’t prove the teacher contracted COVID-19 during her work at the middle school, but they say she was extra diligent about practicing safety protocols wherever she went.

  Crippling storm hampers vaccinations as FEMA opens new sites

FEMA opened its first COVID-19 mass vaccination sites Tuesday, setting up in Los Angeles and Oakland as part of an effort by the Biden administration to get shots into arms more quickly.

  Blue Ridge Health District brings forward important vaccination updates

The Blue Ridge Health District is clearing up some crucial vaccine confusion tonight.

BRHD pushing Thursday and Friday Kmart vaccinations this week due to winter weather threat

With inclement weather headed towards central Virginia, the Blue Ridge Health District is moving all Thursday and Friday vaccination appointments.

  Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street

If the crowd control measures work, the scene will be in stark contrast to Mardi Gras crowds last year that were later blamed for an early Louisiana outbreak of COVID-19.

  Frustration grows as some struggle to get vaccine appointments through CVS

There’s growing confusion and frustration over how to secure a coronavirus vaccine appointment through CVS.

  Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, many millions of N95 masks are pouring out of American factories and heading into storage.

  Kroger to sell smartphone COVID antigen test

Kroger plans to sell a smartphone-enabled, at-home COVID-19 antigen test once it's approved by the FDA.

  Vaccine supply shortages complicate push to inoculate

There are several COVID-19 vaccines on the market and many more in the pipeline, but making enough vaccine doses for the entire world could take years due to manufacturing challenges.

  Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable

Some states are still working through an initial phase that prioritizes health workers and nursing home residents. Many states have divided the second phase into tiers that put grocery workers lower than others, including people 65 and over, teachers and first responders.

  Wife visits husband with COVID-19 through hospital window for months

The couple’s children and grandchildren also visit at the window, which is now covered with love notes.

  WHO authorizes AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine for emergency use

The World Health Organization’s green light for the AstraZeneca vaccine should trigger the delivery of hundreds of millions of doses to countries that have signed up for the U.N.-backed COVAX effort.

  Campaign to bring ‘Home Run Team’ back to Gypsy Hill’s Celebration of Lights

Mark and Lynette Miller have launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the 'Home Run Baseball Team' back to Gypsy Hill Park's Celebration of Holiday Lights.

  Herd immunity in Virginia likely out of reach, UVA Health antibody study shows

The term ‘herd immunity’ is a common phrase that has been tossed around often during the pandemic, but a study out of UVA Health shows herd immunity is likely out of reach for Virginians.

Fishersville woman celebrates 101st birthday weeks after beating COVID-19

Helen Jones says the secret to making it to 101 is to “just live.” Jones lives at the Retreat in Fishersville, an assisted living community.

  What you need to know before getting your vaccine at a pharmacy

One million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were sent to about 6,500 pharmacies last week.

  Fauci wins $1 million Israeli prize for ‘defending science’

Dr. Anthony Fauci has won the $1 million Dan David Prize for “defending science” and advocating for vaccines now being administered worldwide to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

  Two long-married doctors spend Valentine’s Day giving people COVID-19 vaccinations

Two doctors married for 29 years decided to spend their Valentine’s Day in New Haven at a vaccine clinic. There is no place they’d rather be.

CVS creating waiting lists in case there are extra COVID-19 vaccine doses

A spokesperson tells NBC29 the pharmacy is putting together waiting lists in the event there’s an extra dose at the end of the day.

  New US COVID variants increase pressure to vaccinate people

In Alabama, the state has often been at the bottom of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s per capita list for getting shots into arms.

  COVID-19 shots might be tweaked if variants get worse

Viruses mutate constantly and it takes just the right combination of particular mutations to escape vaccination.

  New enrollment window opens for health insurance shoppers

Health insurance shoppers stuck in a bad plan or unable to find coverage have a new option for help.

  New Zealand city going into 3-day lockdown after virus found

New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland will go into a three-day lockdown beginning just before midnight Sunday following the discovery of three unexplained coronavirus cases in the community.