News to Know for Jan. 19: Rise in COVID-19 cases; Vaccine interest forms; Virginia State Fair 2021

News to Know for Jan. 19: Rise in COVID-19 cases; Vaccine interest forms; Virginia State Fair 2021
In the past 48 hours, the Virginia Department of Health has reported more than 17,000 new positive COVID-19 cases.

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Sunny & Seasonable Weather

Seasonable weather for the next several days with a sunny sky.

Today will be mostly sunny. Lows will be in the upper 20s, highs upper 40s to low 50s.

Forecast: Typical mid-January weather pattern for the workweek

Senior Alert

Richard L. Bankston, 74, was last seen on Jan. 18 around 12:30 p.m. on Richardson Road in Keysville.

Police said he was possibly wearing a long-sleeve dark-colored shirt, dark-colored nylon sweatpants, white tennis shoes, a dark-colored jacket and a stocking cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 434-542-5141.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 434-542-5141. (Source: Virginia State Police)

He is possibly driving a gold 2007 Toyota Camry with Virginia tags AED-6053.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 434-542-5141.

Spike In Cases

In the past 48 hours, the Virginia Department of Health has reported more than 17,000 new positive COVID-19 cases, and the experts say the recent holiday travel season is not the only thing fueling the high case numbers.

Monday, the state saw the second-highest daily total ever recorded with 7,245, which is right behind Sunday’s total of nearly 10,000 new cases.

“There is a high rate of community transmission currently, which the holidays didn’t help with,” Cat Long with the Richmond-Henrico Health District says. “That means there’s a lot of people that are positive in the community, which means that with any person, your likelihood of coming in contact with somebody who is positive is higher.”

Melania Trump Farewell Message

First lady Melania Trump posted a farewell message to Twitter Monday.

In the video, she said it has been “the greatest honor” to serve as the First Lady.

Melania Trump's farewell message urges "kindness."
Melania Trump's farewell message urges "kindness."

Trump said she’s “humbled to have had the opportunity to represent a nation with such kind and generous people.”

“To all of the people of this country, you will be in my heart forever,” she said.

Biden’s Plan

President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy.

The plan, which would require congressional approval, is packed with proposals on health care, education, labor and cybersecurity.

(Source: POOL via CNN)

On Friday, he outlined a five-step approach to getting the vaccination to the American people, and to ensure that it is distributed equitably.

“Equity is central to our COVID response,” he said.

Interest Forms For The Vaccine

The Richmond and Henrico Health District is urging people who qualify for groups 1A and 1B to fill out an interest form, found on vax.rchd.com.

“From there, they will be contacted by one of our vaccine coordinators when it’s time for them to get the vaccine,” Long said.

(Source: WBRC)

The health district also has a call center, which can be reached at 804-205-3501, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. People can fill out the interest form over the phone through this line.

To fill out the interest form online, visit vax.rchd.com.

Virginia State Fair

The State Fair of Virginia will resume in 2021.

The state fair will be held from Sept. 24 through Oct. 3.

For more updates on the fair, click here.

Reminder: City Offices Closed Today & Tomorrow

City office buildings in downtown Richmond will be closed to the public on Jan. 19 and 20.

This includes offices located in City Hall, 730 East Broad Street and Main Street Station.

While the buildings will be closed to the public, city services will still be available to residents.

Final Thought

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step - Lao Tzu

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