Coronavirus News to Know: Top headlines on Virginia’s COVID-19 response

Coronavirus News to Know: Top headlines on Virginia’s COVID-19 response
To make it easier to stay up to date, NBC12 put everything you need to know in one place. (Source: NBC12)

Locations

Richmond, Central Virginia

Last Reviewed

1/19/2021, 10:49 a.m.

Overview

Northam issued a modified “stay-at-home” that includes a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. The new restrictions do not apply to schools or churches.

Essential travel - obtaining food and goods, traveling to and from work and seeking medical attention - will still be allowed during this time.

The measures also expand the mask mandate to include all indoor settings, as well as outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible.

Social Distancing

Northam issued a modified “stay-at-home” that includes a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. The measures also expand the mask mandate to include all indoor settings, as well as outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible.

Business and Facilities

The new restrictions do not apply to schools or churches. They will also not further limit the capacity at private offices, gyms and businesses.

Events

As of Dec. 14, gatherings must be limited to 10 people. This is a rollback from the Phase Three amount of 250 people.

Healthcare Status

There are currently 3,164 beds available with 36 percent of its ventilators in use. More info.

Testing

Gov. Northam announced that Virginia joined several other states in an agreement to expand rapid COVID-19 testing. More info.

Schools

Most schools of Central Virginia’s largest school systems are completely virtual while others offer a hybrid learning program. More info.

How to Help

Donate to the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund here.

Vaccine

Over 263,000 Virginia residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health. Health care workers in COVID-19 units and nursing home residents are the first to get the vaccine.

Unemployment

The coronavirus pandemic has fueled Virginia’s total unemployment number to over 218,000 people as of October, which is almost double the number of unemployed people last year. File an application here.

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