Coronavirus

  Pelosi and Mnuchin have ‘extensive’ talks on COVID relief

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have wrapped up an “extensive conversation” on a huge COVID-19 rescue package.

  UVA rolls out rapid saliva testing for students, plans to test hundreds randomly

  COVID-19 reveals lessons learned and lost from deadly 1918 flu pandemic in central Va.

Staunton determined to safely celebrate holidays in downtown

  Hospitals feel squeeze as coronavirus spikes in Midwest

  Center at UVA School of Nursing compiling history of COVID-19 pandemic

  Study: Neanderthal genes are a liability for COVID patients

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VDH: 148,271 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 3,208 deaths

  Cold weather means new challenges for struggling restaurants

  How central Virginia communities are performing according to CDC school metrics

Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

  Waynesboro theatre debuting first musical since pandemic started

  Titans have NFL’s 1st COVID-19 outbreak; next game still on

  Concerns emerge over allocation of COVID-19 testing at UVA, large percentage of resources goes to athletes

There is much frustration over how COVID-19 testing is being allocated at the University of Virginia. The athletics department administered 1,168 tests over the last week with 945 of them coming straight from UVA Health and the rest from a third party.

  COVID-19 cases rising among US children as schools reopen

A study shows children of all ages now make up 10% of all U.S cases, up from 2% in April.

  Health officials push flu shots, fear ‘twindemic’ with COVID

There is no approved vaccine for COVID yet, but there is one for influenza.

31 prison inmates with coronavirus have died in Virginia

Figures from the Virginia Department of Corrections show that 31 prison inmates with COVID-19 have died since the start of the pandemic.

Albemarle Co. ordinance to prevent spread of COVID-19 extended through Nov. 18

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

  Schools eye usage of new metrics on data portal from Virginia Dept. of Health

  US to ship millions of tests in push to reopen K-12 schools

  Violet Crown plans to carefully reopen after being closed for 6 months

  Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 million

  House Democrats unveil new $2.2T proposal for virus aid

House Democrats are putting forward a new proposal for coronavirus relief.

Va. correctional center reports 17 deaths, more than 700 COVID-19 cases

Deerfield Correctional Center is reporting 17 deaths and more than 700 cases of COVID-19.

  You can relieve work-from-home stress with things around the house

Health and wellness expert Stephanie Mansour says common household items can be used to help ease the stress.

  Federal judge orders stop to Postal Service cuts, echoing others

A federal judge in Philadelphia joined others Monday in ordering the U.S. Postal Service to halt recent cuts that critics say are causing mail delays and threatening the integrity of the presidential election.

Governor Northam provides recovery update, state COVID-19 trends

On his Twitter page, Governor Northam thanks his fellow friends and Virginians for the ‘prayers and kind wishes’ as he and First Lady Pam Northam recover from COVID-19.

Department of Health creates new Pandemic Metrics Dashboard

The dashboard, which will be updated weekly, shows a visualization of COVID-19 community transmission by region.

  As suicides rise, Army brass reassessing outreach

While suicide has long been a problem in the U.S. military, numbers have risen this year by as much as 20% as service members struggle with isolation and other impacts of COVID-19, added to the pressures of deploying to war zones and responding to national disasters and civil unrest.

  India’s confirmed coronavirus tally reaches 6 million cases

The Health Ministry reported 82,170 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, driving the overall total to 6,074,703.

  Dad dances outside hospital to cheer up, connect with son during chemo

Because of COVID-19 rules, only one of the 14-year-old's parents is allowed in the hospital while he receives treatment for leukemia.

  ‘Together we stand’: Couple married 70 years battles COVID-19 side by side

The two ended up in the same hospital room after they tested positive for the coronavirus a day apart.

  Trump, Biden battle over quick confirmation of court pick

Trump’s announcement of Barrett for the seat held by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is launching a high-stakes, fast-track election season fight over confirmation of a conservative judge who is expected to shift the court rightward as it reviews health care, abortion access and other hot-butto

  Albemarle County restaurant owner discusses outdoor seating in cold weather

Fuzzy's Taco Shop talks about outdoor seating during cold weather

  UVA football capacity limit affects local businesses

Mincer's and Finch Boutique discuss business during a pandemic-affected football season

  African American Pastor’s Association and Buffalo Soldiers hold Community Cares Event

African-American Pastors Council and Buffalo Soldiers hold Community Cares Event

US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

Many major universities are determined to forge ahead despite warning signs, as evidenced by the expanding slate of college football games occurring Saturday.

JMU prepares for students’ return to class on Oct. 5

As the university prepares to go back to in-person classes, more precautions were added, most notably, a surveillance COVID-19 testing program.

Thomas Jefferson Health District says area restaurants complying with COVID guidelines

Are restaurants in the Charlottesville area sticking to the COVID-19 safety protocols?

  Virus cases rise in US heartland, home to anti-mask feelings

The spread of coronavirus has created new problems at hospitals, schools and colleges in the Midwest, as well as in parts of the West.

JMU Student Government Association makes request on making students' return voluntary

The JMU Student Government Association wants to see more flexibility from the university for students to have a choice on where to learn - whether that’s in class or online.

Stricter guidelines, isolation, uptick in cases at UVA takes a mental toll on some students

Increased isolation measures and surging COVID-19 cases are taking a mental toll on some students at the University of Virginia. For many, managing hours of school work on top of a global pandemic is far from easy.

COVID-19 cases increasing among University of Virginia students

Recent coronavirus numbers from the University of Virginia show an increase in cases and the majority of people infected are students.

UVA to hold follow-up COVID-19 testing at two dorms

The University of Virginia will conduct follow-up asymptomatic prevalence testing for COVID-19 at two dorms.

6 items to add to your packing list for COVID-era travel

There are several less obvious items you may want to bring when you travel that you likely have not prioritized before.

  Under virus strain, Europe’s leaders plead at UN for unity

This year’s unusual work-from-home General Assembly comes as COVID-19 cases escalate in many regions but especially in Europe, where some of the world’s most advanced hospitals in some of the world’s richest countries are again under strain.

2 staff members at Harrisonburg High School test positive for COVID-19, school to open Monday

Two Harrisonburg High School staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

White House ordered to have sign language at virus briefings

The White House and plaintiffs have “largely agreed on all terms” to resolve the matter, according to the order.

  2 charged for handling of virus outbreak at Mass. veterans home where 76 died

Former Holyoke Soldiers' Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton were indicted by a grand jury. Each is charged with 10 counts — five counts of criminal neglect and five counts of serious bodily injury.

Governor Northam and first lady test positive for COVID-19

Governor Ralph Northam and first lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Permits suspended at Richmond restaurants for violating COVID-19 safety measures

The Richmond City Health Department has suspended the permits of five city restaurants over COVID-19 concerns.

  Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

Drugmakers are rushing to develop COVID-19 vaccines with the backing of governments desperate to find a way of easing restrictions that have hammered the world economy.

  Albemarle County School Board discusses COVID, renovation projects

There has already been one ‘Back to School’ in the fall of 2020. Could there be another one?

  Staunton Council to allow virtual meetings through the holidays

Staunton leaders voted to allow virtual meetings through the holidays, and citizens thank them.

  Misreported Deaths: Government count of nursing home COVID-19 cases still inaccurate despite criticism

For three months, InvestigateTV has tracked federal government data on nursing home COVID-19 cases and deaths. For three months, those numbers have been wrong.

  UVA researchers say at least 60% of population needs to receive COVID-19 vaccine for it to work

UVA researchers say that a COVID-19 vaccine is likely to be approved by the FDA before the end of the year, but how many people actually get the shot is the next great hurdle in defeating the virus.

ACLU pushes for independent experts to monitor COVID-19 outbreaks in Virginia prisons amid VDOC complaints

As COVID-19 surges in prisons across Virginia, lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union are pushing the State Department of Corrections to hire outside experts to evaluate overall response.

Researcher: antibodies in kids with rare COVID-19 symptom could aid vaccine work

New research suggests a rare symptom of the coronavirus found in children may actually help with the development of a vaccine and immune therapies.

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge virus relief bill.

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

The biggest threat is posed by sophisticated international fraud rings that often use stolen identities to apply for benefits, filling out the forms with a wealth of accurate information that enables their applications to “sail through the system.”

United to offer COVID testing for some travelers

United Airlines will offer coronavirus testing on flights from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaiian airports. Passengers with negative results won't have to quarantine for two weeks.

Prison holding geriatric prisoners reports 11th virus death

Virginia prison officials are reporting an 11th coronavirus-related death at facility that is home to many geriatric and otherwise vulnerable prisoners.

  Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

There was no way it was being canceled, not on what would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday, not on the tribute’s 40th year.

  Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

The comments come as scientists scramble to develop a vaccine that would protect the public from a pandemic that has killed nearly 1 million people worldwide.

  Augusta County broadband issues highlighted by COVID-19 pandemic

A member of Augusta County’s Broadband Committee says the COVID-19 pandemic has focused a laser light on internet needs exacerbating a long-existing problem.

  Blue Ridge CASA pivots to support mission

During a time when many nonprofits are hurting one in Staunton was able to pivot and help keep its mission alive. This Saturday Blue Ridge CASA is hosting its 3rd annual Firebolt 5K and Race of 100 Harrys, but this one is virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UVA travel restrictions will not affect athletes, coaches, athletic staff

New travel restrictions don’t apply to everyone. UVA athletes will be able to travel to and from games and teams from competing schools will be allowed to travel here.

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

New Year’s Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements

Organizers say New Year’s Eve in Times Square will incorporate virtual elements and be scaled down and socially distant on site in response to the coronavirus.

290 JMU students notified of COVID-19 policy violations

Tuesday night, leaders of James Madison University gave an update to Harrisonburg City Council on their return plan for early October and students' behavior so far in the first part of the semester.

  UVA researchers working on COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers at the University of Virginia are working on a potential vaccine for COVID-19 that is low in cost.

  South by Southwest announces online 2021 festival

Officials say they’ve joined forces with the city of Austin to still plan for physical events, in case they can be held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

  Queen City Mischief and Magic 2020 - The Year That Shall Not Be Named

This upcoming weekend, September 25-27, is Queen City Mischief and Magic 2020 - the year that shall not be named.

Harrisonburg business opens personal protective equipment to the public

TSSI is opening PPE products to those in the community who may have trouble finding them. This includes, non-profit organizations, businesses, faith-based groups and more.

  Two Central Virginia Representatives weigh in on when to expect the next round of COVID-19 relief

As the American people wait for a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, Rep. Denver Riggleman (R) and Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D) agree that party leadership on both sides of the aisle is hurting efforts.

  CDC to delay vote on who will get COVID vaccine

There’s general agreement among the CDC panel that frontline health care workers should be the first to get a vaccine when one is approved, but who gets priority after that?

Will COVID-19 have lasting impacts on cancer? UVA Cancer Center collaborates nationwide to find out.

Many in the medical field are worried the coronavirus may have lasting impacts when it comes to cancer, especially because access to crucial screenings and clinical trials may have been restricted these past few months.

Could wastewater COVID-19 testing gain popularity beyond UVA grounds?

With the wastewater COVID-19 testing being done at UVA to help identify possible outbreaks many are wondering if that strategy could work beyond university grounds.