Charlottesville and Albemarle News

VDH: 100,749 total cases of COVID-19 in Virginia, 2,327 deaths

Check here for the latest Virginia Department of Health statistics on the status of COVID-19 in Virginia.

Black Youth Action Committee of Charlottesville shuts down intersection for Black Joy Fest

Crozet family fights back against Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority plan to build new water pump

Attorney, activists ask for rent relief after court grants eviction moratorium

Downtown Charlottesville sees new changes to encourage safe shopping

Charlottesville Passport program extended to end of the year

Charlottesville Housing Affordability Program taking applicants

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Updates on coronavirus outbreaks in Albemarle County and Charlottesville long term care facilities

New voter registration down compared to past Presidential election years in Virginia

VDH offers explanation for spike in COVID-19 cases

University of Virginia holds virtual town hall

The South Street Inn in Charlottesville is up for sale

Fentress Architects hired for Albemarle Co. courts project

TJHD helping students gear up for the school year with free drive-thru vaccine clinic

The Thomas Jefferson Health District is helping to prepare seventh graders in the Charlottesville area to stay protected for the upcoming year.

Senators announce more than $7M for Charlottesville transit

Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $7,143,582 in federal funding is heading to Charlottesville Area Transit and JAUNT.

ACPD: Crash on James Monroe Parkway results in fatality

Police are investigating a fatal crash along James Monroe Parkway in Albemarle County.

  Storms cause damage across central Virginia and Shenandoah Valley

A pair of tornado warnings and some serous storms highlighted an active system that made its way across the NBC29 viewing area Thursday evening, causing trees to topple and roads to washout.

  Albemarle County to remove “At Ready” confederate statue following public hearing

World War II Marine veteran celebrates 100th birthday

Charlottesville City Public Schools detail virtual plans for special education, preschool, more

James Monroe’s Highland reopens

  UVA rolls out new COVID-19 symptom tracker app, daily use mandatory to step foot on grounds

UVA IDEA Fund awards $5,000 grant to Equity Center

  Grocery prices jump since start of pandemic, stores blame supply chain woes

Even as states begin to open back up, and people across Virginia go back to work, grocery prices are on the rise.

  Recent storms causing more roof damage according to AHIP

Recent strong storms have resulted in more damage to homes and properties in central Virginia. The Albemarle Housing Improvement Program says it is getting more calls from both new and returning clients about roof damage.

  Firefighter with PTSD urging others to seek help if they’re struggling

One Chesapeake first responder with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the first firefighter to receive a service dog through Service Dogs of Virginia. He’s encouraging others to to seek help if they’re struggling.

Albemarle County launches ambassador program for COVID-19 ordinance education

Ambassadors will visit businesses across the county, offer signage about cloth face coverings, and see how businesses are working with customers to observe all parts of the ordinance.

Emergency crews respond to overnight fire in Albemarle Co.

Albemarle County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to a house fire at the 3000 block of Laurel Park Lane around 3:40 a.m. Thursday, August 6. One person was taken to the hospital.

Shenandoah School Board votes to push back start day for students

On Wednesday night, the Shenandoah County School Board held an emergency meeting to discuss pushing back the fall start date.

Police ask for public’s help locating a missing Charlottesville woman

The Charlottesville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman. Amy Elizabeth Hillman of Charlottesville was reported missing on August 5.

Proffit Road reopens after VDOT completes storm debris removal

Route 649 (Proffit Road) in Albemarle County is open to traffic. The Virginia Department of Transportation has completed the debris removal.

UVA unveils 2020 football schedule; ‘Hoos and Hokies play in Week Two

The UVA and Virginia Tech football teams have their earliest scheduled meeting since 1987, as the rivals will square off on September 19th this year.

DMR Adventures hosting MegaCamp with Broadway stars

Students in Charlottesville and around the world are about to put on their dancing shoes and learn from some big names in Broadway.

Albemarle County fire crews respond to destructive barn fire

Crews monitored the smoldering remains at Lions Watch Farm Wednesday night.

YMCA hires for virtual learning center

The Brooks Family YMCA in Charlottesville is now hiring for its new virtual learning center, which will open for the upcoming school year in the fall.

  Albemarle County to spend CARES Act funds on broadband improvements

Albemarle County is taking some of its CARES Act money and using it to help reduce disparities.

Tom Tom Foundation’s “Exposed” series discusses health inequities in Charlottesville

Michael Williams of UVA Health discussed historical housing and healthcare inequities that lead to heightened risk in Black and Latinx communities.

Supreme Court of Virginia denies appeals in Charlottesville garage beating case

Two men convicted in a bloody beating in the aftermath of the 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ rally in charlottesville lost another appeal. Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Virginia denied their case.

Charlottesville nonprofit attempting to grow biotech industry

CvilleBioHub created an internship program with the help of Go Virginia, connecting 17 students with 11 companies in the region.

  UVA Medical Center following COVID-19 patients after being released from ICU

Many patients who recover from a critical illness in the ICU are not always fully recovered. That’s why doctors at the UVA Medical Center have created a clinic for COVID-19 patients who have been discharged.

  School districts preparing social and emotional programs to check on kids virtually

School is more than a place for kids to just learn. Mental health counselors use that face-to-face time to make sure students are okay. Now, like so many other things, that too has to go virtual.

  UVA delaying in-person instruction and move-in for undergraduates by 2 weeks, Students react

The University of Virginia is delaying both when some in-person classes start and when undergraduates can move in to residence halls in response to an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Students react to the decision.

Charlottesville City Council holds listening session on policing

Charlottesville City Council held a virtual listening session Tuesday evening with community members around the topic of policing in the city.

Free COVID-19 testing for underserved communities ramps back up in Charlottesville

Better access to testing is one crucial way to fight the coronavirus pandemic, and people in Charlottesville are doing their part to keep the effort going.

  ACPS to provide wifi hot spots or in-person instruction to students with limited internet access

The back-to-school countdown is on and Albemarle County Public Schools are preparing for most students to start virtually. After going virtual in the spring, ACPS quickly learned that internet connectivity is complex.

Littlejohn’s co-owner creates GoFundMe to save the corner staple

A beloved eatery on the Corner is at risk of closing its doors forever thanks to the pandemic, so now it’s turning to the community for help.

Albemarle Co. attorney encouraging people to put estate in order

A central Virginia company says more people are looking to make sure their affairs are in order just in case they are affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

  ACPS offers new details for special education in-person learning program

Albemarle County Public Schools will be inviting some students who meet a narrow criteria to come into the buildings and learn. That includes a small group in the special education program.

UVA researchers examining HIV in southern U.S.

A University of Virginia study is shedding light on troubles people prone to HIV may have in the south.

Plaza damaged at UVA

Barricades are in place around a damaged plaza at the University of Virginia. No injuries have been reported.

  Homeschooling advocates see increased interest ahead of virtual school start

Homeschooling advocates in central Virginia say more parents are opting to keep their kids learning from home for the long haul.

Charlottesville City Council considers funding for Belmont Bridge replacement project

Charlottesville City Council, Monday, discussed allocating $15 million dollars in funding to renovate the crumbling Belmont Bridge.

  UVA Miller Center to air documentary about George H.W. Bush

A new documentary produced by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia about the United States’ 41st president will hit television screens Tuesday.

  University of Virginia answers questions about student testing, new problems emerge

Testing concerns in central Virginia have led to questions about the University of Virginia’s plan to test every student before they return to grounds.

Charlottesville councilors to continue discussions on honorary street renaming

Charlottesville City Council discussed giving a street an honorary street name during its meeting Monday, August 3.

VDOT prepares for flooding, road closures ahead of tropical storm

The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for Tropical Storm Isaias as high winds, flooding and road closures are excepted to impact the commonwealth.

TJHD analyst reveals lag in COVID-19 dashboard data: ‘it is difficult for us to get this information in real time'

The Thomas Jefferson Health District is explaining the COVID-19 data discrepancy revealed during an ongoing outbreak at Cedars Healthcare in Charlottesville.

Virtual “4TheHoos” Tickets provide operational support for struggling UVA Athletics Department

Due to the difficult circumstances of this year, UVA’s athletic department is reaching out to fans to help keep the Cavaliers afloat.

  Rep. Riggleman to decide by October on potential run for governor

-5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman is still deciding his future, but says he will make a decision about a potential run for governor by October. He made the announcement in a wide ranging interview discussing COVID-19 relief funding and more.

CRCC Young Professionals group meet for the first time

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce has a brand new group for people under the age of 40.

CAAR: real estate market affected by coronavirus pandemic

Just like all aspects of the current economy, real estate has taken a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Insurance prepping ahead of Isiaias

As Virginia braces for the potential impact of tropical storm Isiaias, now is a good time to check your insurance policy.

  Albemarle Co. parent explains impact of virtual learning on families with limited internet access

The decision to start Albemarle County Public Schools with a mix of in-class and online learning will impact families very differently, and some parents say they’re looking for alternative options for their children’s education.

Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority announces new executive director

John Sales began his new role as the executive director of the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority Monday, August 3.

  Family of Cedars resident seeking transparency, answers surrounding COVID-19 outbreak

The Cedars Healthcare Center in Charlottesville is dealing with a coronavirus crisis. As of Friday, July 31, the number of total cases hit 140 according to the parent company spokesperson. In addition the death toll rose to 17.

Charlottesville teenager creates website during pandemic

A Charlottesville teenager created a website to help the community stay entertained during quarantine.

Brooks Family YMCA to hold remote learning center during school year

Brooks Family YMCA will be hosting a remote learning center for students

“Student Voices of Inequity” aims to share experiences of Black UVA students and alumni

Motivate Lab researchers are compiling testimonials from Black students and alumni to help with the university's diversity and inclusion efforts.

  C3 research unearths inequities in energy costs among Charlottesville households

C3 research suggests some of Charlottesville's more low-income neighborhoods are spending a significant portion of their incomes on energy costs.

  Spotting signs of a student struggling mentally during virtual school will be an obstacle parents and teachers may face

Roughly three million adolescents seek mental health services from school, but with many schools transitioning to a virtual learning model, how can parents and teachers help spot signs of a student in need of help from home?

  Charlottesville, Albemarle County restaurants limited to 50 percent capacity indoors

Some restaurants aren't making too many changes when it comes to new restrictions

New ordinance sets stricter regulations on mask wearing and in-person gatherings

Ordinances in both the county and city require masks be worn in all public spaces and even outside if social distancing is not possible. The ordinances also rollback capacity limits on stores and restaurants.

Infectious disease physician discusses pool testing option for universities

Dr. Amy Mathers, an infectious disease physician at UVA Health, says pool testing does have some shortcomings.

Sen. Mark Warner discusses schools reopening during virtual town hall

Senator Mark Warner and Congressman Bobby Scott held a virtual town hall on Facebook Friday to discuss issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crews respond to train fire in Albemarle County

Crews responded to a train fire near Proffit Road and Judge Lane in Albemarle County.

  Scottsville family remembering, rebuilding after house burns down

Suzette Oyler and her family were on their way home from dinner when they saw smoke. Once they pulled up to their Scottsville house, they saw a sight they’ll never forget.

  Charlottesville and Richmond attorneys encourage Governor Northam to establish additional eviction ban

Many believe evictions will be a devastating symptom of this time of financial hardship, especially since the governor’s ban on them is no longer protecting people from losing their homes.

  Charlottesville-area car dealerships see sales rebound

A global pandemic might seem like a bad time to buy a car, but dealerships in central Virginia say they are seeing a rebound in sales and service numbers.

BRAFB predicts spike in need if COVID-19 unemployment relief ends

As current federal stimulus initiative is drawing to a close, food bank representatives say the need for food will sky-rocket and they don’t now if they’ll be ready for it.

Charlottesville long-term care facility now reporting 17 COVID-19 related deaths

The coronavirus outbreak at the Cedars Healthcare Center in Charlottesville is now turning into one of the biggest outbreaks in Virginia.

United Way and Virginia 30 Day Fund assist area small businesses

The United Way of Greater Charlottesville is teaming up with the Virginia 30 Day Fund to provide forgivable grants to Charlottesville area businesses hurt by the pandemic.