News to Know for Jan. 15: Biden’s trillion-dollar plan; Questions about the vaccine; Reopening schools

News to Know for Jan. 15: Biden’s trillion-dollar plan; Questions about the vaccine; Reopening schools
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Take a look at our top headlines before you head out the door.

Dry Morning, With Afternoon Rain

Showers are likely to begin this afternoon with the highest rain chance being this evening.

There will be some sun to start then increasing clouds during the day with rain showers moving in during the afternoon and evening.

Highs near 50.

Forecast: Dry morning with a rainy afternoon & evening

Biden’s Unveils $1.9T Plan

Called the “American Rescue Plan,” the legislative proposal would meet Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccines by the 100th day of his administration and advance his objective of reopening most schools by the spring.

On a parallel track, it delivers another round of aid to stabilize the economy while the public health effort seeks the upper hand on the pandemic.

Biden unveils major COVID-19 relief as cases rise
Biden unveils major COVID-19 relief as cases rise

Biden proposed $1,400 checks for most Americans, which on top of $600 provided in the most recent COVID-19 bill would bring the total to the $2,000 that Biden has called for.

It would also extend a temporary boost in unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures through September.

Questions About The Vaccine?

As the rollout of vaccines in Virginia continues, so many of you have questions.

Right now more than 240,000 people in the Commonwealth have received a COVID-19 shot.

Dr. Danny Avula speaks at a COVID-19 response briefing.
Dr. Danny Avula speaks at a COVID-19 response briefing. (Source: NBC12)

There’s much more supply available and more coming. As Virginia works to streamline the process, health officials are asking for patience.

Click here to see which questions Dr. Avula answered about the vaccine.

New Guidance On Reopening Schools

The Virginia Department of Health has released new guidance for divisions to follow when reopening PreK-12 schools.

As school and health officials evaluate reopening plans, “they must carefully balance the risks associated with operating during a pandemic and the long-term effects of students not attending school in person.”

(Source: KFDA)

Health officials say each division’s ability to successfully implement mitigation procedures and local community disease data should be factored into operating plans.

During an afternoon press conference, Governor Ralph Northam said that the new guidelines will put more emphasis on schools remaining open safely rather than being closed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

IRS Warns Of Stimulus Check Scams

The IRS is warning taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the second round of Economic Impact Payments are being distributed.

The IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division said it has seen a variety of COVID-19 scams in recent months.

Minnesota Leaders establish action team to address COVID-19 related crimes and scams.
Minnesota Leaders establish action team to address COVID-19 related crimes and scams. (Source: FILE)

To see a list of scams to watch out for, click here.

To learn more about COVID-19 scams, visit IRS.gov.

Final Thought

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less - Marie Curie

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