News to Know for Dec. 1: Vaccination distribution update; Redistricting commission applications; GRTC honors Rosa Parks

News to Know for Dec. 1: Vaccination distribution update; Redistricting commission applications; GRTC honors Rosa Parks
If the CDC distributes doses directly to the states, Virginia is also developing a strategy to accommodate storage requirements and distribute the vaccine to high-priority groups.

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Here’s a look at our top headlines before you head out the door.

It’s Feeling Like Winter 🧥

Be ready for a chilly breeze to start December, with our next rain chance on Friday.

Today will be partly cloudy and breezy, with lows in the mid-30s.

Feeling like winter, with a chilly breeze

Vaccine Distribution In Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam is hoping that all Virginians might be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid-summer.

But as state leaders prepare for a largely unprecedented rollout, it’s clear that scarcity will inform at least the first few weeks of vaccine distribution.

(Source: Dado Ruvic)

Health officials outlined the state’s coalescing approach in two meetings Tuesday, a little over a month after the Virginia Department of Health submitted its initial vaccination plan to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Since then, two vaccines — developed by Pfizer and Moderna — have emerged as frontrunners in the race toward immunization, with initial doses expected as early as mid-December.

Outbreak At Bon Air Facility

101 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at The Laurels of Bon Air Nursing and Rehab Center.

The 101 cases in the outbreak have been over the past month, since the Virginia Department of Health says they were first notified of the initial case on November 5th.

(Source: Coronavirus graphic)

The department says a majority of the cases came in the following two weeks.

No Winter Sports For Henrico

Henrico County Public Schools have canceled sports for the winter, according to a notice released on Monday afternoon.

The notice informed students and parents that the step was due to a steep rise in COVID-19 cases; it’s intended to protect the health and safety of student-athletes and coaches.

(Source: Pexels)

All off-season conditioning is being suspended until further notice as well.

Giving Tuesday: Non-Profits

Today is Giving Tuesday, which is a day that promotes kindness in the form of helping non-profits with donations or even doing a good deed for a neighbor.

According to predictions, as many as one-third of non-profits will have to close or merge before the economy recovers.

According to predictions, as many as one-third of non-profits will have to close or merge before the economy recovers.
According to predictions, as many as one-third of non-profits will have to close or merge before the economy recovers. (Source: Pixabay)

If you choose to donate, there is a tax incentive this year.

The CARES Act includes a $300 tax deduction for eligible charitable contributions and it does not require you to itemize your deductions. To learn more about this tax credit, including a tool to check if your charity of choice qualifies, click here.

Applications For Redistricting Commission

Applications will open Monday for citizens who want to serve on Virginia’s newly created bipartisan redistricting commission.

The eight citizens will be chosen by retired judges from a list prepared by legislators.

They also voted to require that applicants submit three recommendations. The applications will be available online here.

GRTC Honors Rosa Parks

The GRTC is continuing its tradition on the 65th anniversary of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger.

Parks was arrested, but her act of defiance sparked a year-long bus boycott which lead to the desegregation of public transportation.

The GRTC will be honoring Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.
The GRTC will be honoring Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. (Source: GRTC)

The GRTC will honor Parks on Dec. 1 with a special message on the bus’s electronic signs.

Final Thought

Each person must live their life as a model for others - Rosa Parks

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