News to Know for Jan. 25: COVID-19 at U of R; Vaccinations for RPS employees; Cold rain ahead

News to Know for Jan. 25: COVID-19 at U of R; Vaccinations for RPS employees; Cold rain ahead
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Cold Rain This Afternoon

Rain likely Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning, and we have a First Alert Weather Day for the potential of accumulating snow on Thursday.

Monday Forecast: Cold rain moves in, Tracking Snow for Thursday

Dry for the morning commute with rain moving in around lunchtime.

A cold rainy day. Highs in the low 40s.

Chiefs & Bucs To Face-Off In Superbowl

The Chiefs will face a familiar foe — Tom Brady — and the NFC champ Buccaneers in two weeks in Tampa, Florida.

The Chiefs and Buccaneers have only played 13 times, and Kansas City had lost five straight before a 27-24 win in Tampa on Nov. 29, a game that wasn’t as close as the final score.

Brady is 5-5 in his career against the Chiefs, including an overtime victory with the Patriots in the AFC title game at Arrowhead Stadium two years ago.

COVID-19 At U of R

The University of Richmond reported what it calls a “disturbing” uptick in COVID-19 cases less than a week after the spring semester began.

Since Jan. 24, the University of Richmond has reported 79 total COVID-19 cases.

(Source: NBC12)

Based on the university’s testing to date, undergraduate students living off campus have had positivity rate of 17% compared to 1.4% for students living on campus.

The university has made the decision to require undergraduate students living off campus to continue to take classes remotely for the next two weeks. Undergraduate students living off campus must remain off campus and take classes off campus until Feb 8.

New App For VCU Students

Starting Monday, Virginia Commonwealth University will use its mobile app to verify if students and faculty are complying with COVID-19 protocols.

The digital tool “Entry Pass” was developed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on VCU campuses.

An example of the "Entry Pass" in the VCU mobile app shows the date and time the student was cleared for entry of certain university facilities.
An example of the "Entry Pass" in the VCU mobile app shows the date and time the student was cleared for entry of certain university facilities. (Source: James Irwin, VCU University Public Affairs)

Before accessing certain buildings such as libraries, dining halls or the student commons, students must show a green or orange icon on the VCU app.

The tool will indicate if the person has completed their daily health check, a required survey that asks if the person is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. A green check indicates the survey was completed and the student is cleared for entry.

Series On COVID-19 & Vaccine

The Richmond-Henrico Health District is launching a new Facebook live series to help answer your questions about COVID-19 and vaccinations.

Nurse Manager, Amy Popovich will be hosting the series.

Tune in live on either the Richmond City Health District or Henrico County Health District Facebook pages at 11 a.m. on Jan. 25.

Vaccinations Rescheduled For RPS Employees

Richmond Public Schools announced due to the vaccine shortage, the Virginia Department of Health have rescheduled vaccinations for some RPS employees.

The team who administered vaccines at the Richmond Raceway were informed they will only receive 4,000 doses this week instead of the 8,000 doses that were originally planned.

(Source: Richmond Public Schools)

If you are an RPS employee, click here to see if your appointment has been rescheduled.

RPS nurses will begin reaching out on Jan. 25 to everyone impacted by these changes to provide assistance.

Tax Amnesty Plan

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and the city council, along with the City Attorney’s office and the Finance Department, have proposed a tax amnesty program for certain Admission, Lodging and Meals (ALM) and Real Estate taxes.

If passed on Jan. 25, it would allow Richmonders to catch up on their taxes after a tough year. The program would help taxpayers who have accumulated penalties and interest on delinquent taxes.

For more information, click here.

Final Thought

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated - Confucious

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