Health officials offer advice for post-Thanksgiving travel safety measures

Thanksgiving may be over but the efforts you can take to keep yourself and people around you healthy are just beginning.

  Families of inmates at Coffeewood raise concerns about COVID-19 outbreak in progress

  Americans face new COVID-19 restrictions after Thanksgiving

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  Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

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VDH: 237,835 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 4,062 deaths

  Beware of COVID-19 scams as vaccine approaches FDA approval

  Texas boy who lost parents to COVID-19 turns 5 with massive parade

  Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic

  Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon a surge’ of virus in weeks ahead

  With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

  CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority

A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved.

Experts: Virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving

The coronavirus testing numbers that have guided much of the nation’s response to the pandemic are likely to be erratic over the next week or so, experts said Friday, as fewer people get tested during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and testing sites observe shorter hours.

  Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online

In normal times, Black Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year, drawing millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending.

  US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

The coronavirus presented huge challenges for the fall semester for U.S. colleges that opened the academic year with in-person learning, including some that took a battering from outbreaks.

Disney to lay off 4,000 more at California, Florida parks

Our Community Place hosts socially distanced dinner

Here are the metrics area health officials will look at post-Thanksgiving

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

The cutouts created an activity for their grandchildren, who have had fun placing them in various locations around the house.

  Here’s what it would take for Albemarle County to move back to virtual learning

As coronavirus cases rise across much of the United States, Albemarle County Public Schools are discussing what it would take to move completely back to virtual learning.

5 students at Woodbrook Elementary School test positive for COVID-19

The email, which was sent on Wednesday evening, also shared that those five students will be isolated at home for at least 10 days, following public health guidance.

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Millions of Americans took to the skies and the highways ahead of Thanksgiving at the risk of pouring gasoline on the coronavirus fire, disregarding increasingly dire warnings that they stay home and limit their holiday gatherings to members of their own household.

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

Federal officials say national reading and math tests used to track what U.S. students know are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether such testing would be feasible or produce valid results amid the pandemic.

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

AstraZeneca and Oxford University on Wednesday acknowledged a manufacturing error that is raising questions about preliminary results of their experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

State officials are investigating a coronavirus outbreak at a veterans nursing home in rural Illinois that has infected nearly 200 residents and staff, and killed 27 veterans.

CAT worker tests positive for COVID-19

Charlottesville Area Transit announced Tuesday another employee tested positive for COVID-19. This is CAT’s third case.

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring.

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

A top European Union official is appealing to the 27 member countries to urgently prepare logistical chains to handle the rollout of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

  75 nonprofits receive funds from Albemarle County’s Lift Grants

Many organizations in central Virginia are tasked with helping people during the pandemic. Now, they’re the one’s getting some help.

More long lines at final community COVID-19 testing site before Thanksgiving

Lines were, once again, long at the final COVID-19 testing event in Charlottesville before the Thanksgiving holiday.

  One inmate dead, more than 300 infected amid COVID-19 outbreak at Culpeper County prison

A coronavirus outbreak at Coffeewood Correctional Center in Culpeper County has infected hundreds of inmates.

Harrisonburg High School “unlikely” to participate in VHSL winter sports season

According to a post on its website, Harrisonburg High School is “unlikely” to participate in the Virginia High School League winter sports season during the 2020-2021 school year.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

  UVA Health pulmonologist offers Thanksgiving safety tips

Thanksgiving is usually a time when family and friends come together to enjoy turkey, stuffing, and desserts. Now, a pulmonologist with UVA Health wants to make sure you enjoy the holiday safely.

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Many properties remain closed, and thousands of people that worked in hospitality are unemployed. With the holidays approaching, the impact is even more painful.

MRRJ: 15 more inmates test positive for COVID-19

Middle River Regional Jail says 15 more inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus.

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in just a few weeks, it could take several months — probably well into 2021 — before things get back to something close to normal.

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

International air travel could come booming back next year but with a new rule: Travelers to certain countries must be vaccinated against the coronavirus before they can fly.

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel or spend the holiday with people outside their household.

  Hundreds turn out for free COVID-19 testing ahead of Thanksgiving

Hundreds of central Virginians got tested for the coronavirus at a free, drive-through event hosted by the University of Virginia Health System.

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

  Waynesboro leaders consider one-time hazard pay and bonus for city employees

Waynesboro city leaders are finding a way to show appreciation for city employees after COVID-19 hit the economy and in turn the city’s compensation plans.

  UVA Medical Center preparing for possibility of COVID-19 vaccine distribution in mid-December

We are closer than ever to the possibility of a COVID-19 vaccine. This comes as cases push hospitals and health care workers to a critical max this Thanksgiving week.

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

Jury duty? No thanks, say many, forcing trials to be delayed

Court officials across the country say a low turnout of people summoned to jury duty is derailing plans to restart trials for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

  First US immunizations for COVID-19 could arrive on Dec. 12

The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.

Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

The display for this challenging year - with the theme "Give, Love and Believe" - honors frontline workers who have performed so heroically during the pandemic.

  Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

An Arizona grandmother and her grandson by choice have celebrated Thanksgiving together since they met through an accidental text message in 2016.

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month.

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates.

Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

Now she’s sharing her experience with others and hopes they take the warning serious.

Rep. Abigail Spanberger pushes for COVID-19 economic relief with Congress

Fresh off an election win, Spanberger says a federal COVID-19 relief package needs to focus on small businesses, which continue to struggle as case numbers increase.

  Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

Virginia’s COVID-19 data dashboard to be offline Saturday for maintenance

The routine maintenance is scheduled to take place between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

  What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other medical products.

  UVA Medical Center granted contract to expand COVID testing statewide

UVA Medical Center is now part of a new network to expand COVID-19 testing capacity statewide.

  Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

  Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Health officials around the world disagree on the use certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.

  St. Jude scientists make breakthrough and discover possible COVID-19 treatment

Scientists at St. Jude may have figured out how COVID-19 kills, and more importantly, how to stop it.

  Valley Mission board members fundraise to offset huge impact from COVID-19

In this COVID-19 era, the Valley Mission’s decision makers are doing something new to raise money.

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

At the time of the alleged betting, Tyson was resisting pressure from local officials to shut down the plant as a safety precaution. The company argued the plant, which can process nearly 20,000 hogs per day, was a vital market for farmers and critical to the meat supply.

CDC begs Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving

With the coronavirus surging out of control, the nation’s top public health agency pleaded with Americans on Thursday not to travel for Thanksgiving and not to spend the holiday with people from outside their household.

VDH offers easy guidelines for assessing Thanksgiving activity risks

The rise in COVID-19 cases comes just before the holidays, when get-togethers with family & friends are a big part of the festivities. Now is the time to solidify those safe celebration plans to slow the spread.

RU student battles COVID-19, pneumonia for 2 weeks at Carilion New River Valley

A Radford University student continues to recover after an unexpected battle with COVID-19 and pneumonia when she went to a hospital for something else.

  How COVID testing can be utilized ahead of Thanksgiving, and why results are not foolproof

We’re previously heard from health experts who have said traveling can be dangerous, especially on a plane or with a large group. But if you are traveling, there are some steps you should take.

  Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks at UVA Medical Center Hour, talks vaccines

The nation’s leading coronavirus expert talked to UVA medical students and the greater community about what we know about the coronavirus, and what lies ahead.

  Charlottesville area has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the state says UVA Health doctor

A doctor at the University of Virginia says the Charlottesville area has some of the lowest case counts of COVID-19 in the state.

Middle River Regional Jail Superintendent says MRRJ is being more aggressive in COVID-19 response

The facility is undergoing a number of new restrictions following potential exposures to COVID-19.

  EXPLAINER: What’s with the confusion over masks?

A lot of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus comes down to a seemingly simple concept: Wearing a mask.

  Private schools relying on outdoor space, sanitizer to keep students safe

Some private schools in the Charlottesville area have been able to continue in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic with a little help from the outdoors even as the temperatures begin to drop.