News to Know for Jan. 5: Vaccine’s slow start; VCU Health changes visitor policy; Special elections in Va.

News to Know for Jan. 5: Vaccine’s slow start; VCU Health changes visitor policy; Special elections in Va.
(Source: WBTV File)

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

Patchy Fog, Then Cloudy & Chilly

No significant weather systems expected over the next few days, allowing a waterlogged region to start drying out.

Today will have some patchy fog possible early then cloudy and chilly. Highs in the mid 40s.

Tuesday Forecast: Another Cloudy day, then sunny tomorrow.

Henrico Woman Still Missing

According to police, Margaret Gibbs Crews of the 1600 block of Swinton Lane was last seen around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dec. 30 in a blue Toyota Prius with Virginia license plates – VEH-6650.

It is believed she may be in need of medical attention and or medications.

According to police, Margaret Gibbs Crews of the 1600 block of Swinton Lane was last seen around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dec. 30 in a blue Toyota Prius with Virginia license plates – VEH-6650.
According to police, Margaret Gibbs Crews of the 1600 block of Swinton Lane was last seen around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dec. 30 in a blue Toyota Prius with Virginia license plates – VEH-6650. (Source: Henrico County Police Department)

Anyone with information on where she is should call Henrico police at 501-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

Vaccine In RVA

Virginia’s Department of Health is still reporting only about 20% of the COVID-19 stockpile in the commonwealth is in the arms of those who need it.

VDH is anticipating shipments of about 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week. Half from Pfizer and the other half from Moderna.

COVID-19 vaccine administered to healthcare workers and first responders in Harris Co.
COVID-19 vaccine administered to healthcare workers and first responders in Harris Co. (Source: WTVM)

The state is expected to finalize the next chapter in all this by the end of this week. Group 1B should include essential workers and Group 1C should cover high-risk adults.

VCU Health Changes Visitor Policy Again

Starting on Jan. 5, VCU is once again changing its visitor policy. No visitors will be allowed in the Adult Emergency Department.

There are limited exceptions.

(Source: Capital News Service)

Children are still allowed to have two adult visitors in the emergency department.

For more information on the hospital’s visitor policy, click here.

Decision Day In Georgia

Georgia voters are set to decide the balance of power in Congress in a pair of high-stakes Senate runoff elections that will help determine President-elect Joe Biden’s capacity to enact what may be the most progressive governing agenda in generations.

At a rally in northwest Georgia on the eve of Tuesday’s runoffs, Trump repeatedly declared that the November elections were plagued by fraud that Republican officials, including his former attorney general and Georgia’s elections chief, say did not occur.

If Democrats Ossoff and Warnock both win, the Senate will be split with vice president-elect Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote.
If Democrats Ossoff and Warnock both win, the Senate will be split with vice president-elect Kamala Harris holding the tie-breaking vote.

The president called Georgia’s Republican secretary of state “crazy” and vowed to help defeat him in two years.

At the same time, Trump encouraged his supporters to show up in force for Georgia’s Tuesday contests.

Special Elections In Virginia

Some voters in Virginia will head to the polls on Jan. 5 in two special elections for state House seats.

Voters in Virginia’s 2nd House District, which includes parts of Prince William and Stafford Counties, and the 90th House District based in Norfolk will vote today.

Driver Privilege Cards Available Now

Eligible Virginia residents can now apply for a driver privilege card at the DMV.

This change in Virginia law, authorized by the Virginia General Assembly, creates a driving credential for individuals who are non-U.S. citizens and cannot meet Virginia’s legal presence requirements, making them ineligible to receive a standard or REAL ID-compliant driver’s license in Virginia.

All documents must be originals and are subject to verification; however, printouts of approved online residency documents may be accepted.

Applications will be accepted by appointment only here.

Final Thought

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too - Paulo Coelho

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