News to Know for March 2: RPS spring reopening; J&J vaccine in Virginia; Henrico vaccine clinic

News to Know for March 2: RPS spring reopening; J&J vaccine in Virginia; Henrico vaccine clinic
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Much Sunny, Cooler

Today will be mostly sunny and much cooler.

Highs in the upper 40s.

Drier, cooler weather pattern takes hold for next 7 days

RPS Spring Semester

After spring break, 800 students in Richmond will report back into school buildings after the board approved Superintendent Jason Kamras’ plan to comply with the Governor’s deadline Monday night.

(Source: Richmond Public Schools)

The plan mostly involves Kindergarten students and those with special learning needs, as well as those who don’t speak English as their first language.

Superintendent Jason Kamras recommended the plan in order to comply with the Governor’s March 15 deadline, but some school board members weren’t on board.

National Guard Will Assist With Vaccines

Over the past two weeks, Henrico County trained members of the Virginia National Guard to help at vaccination events at the Richmond Raceway.

Soldiers learned about traffic control, data entry, patient check-in and more.

(Source: WTVM)

The vaccine clinic will take place on March 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway.

This vaccination event is by appointment only. No walk-ups will be accepted.

J&J Vaccine In Virginia

Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, the Virginia Department of Health announced the commonwealth will receive 69,000 doses of the vaccine next week.

The vaccines will be prioritized for mass vaccination clinics across the state, with an additional allotment expected for pharmacies vaccinating high priority groups, such as those 65 and older.

Vaccine
Vaccine

After the United State’s third vaccine was approved on Saturday, Johnson & Johnson announced it expects to deliver 20 million doses to the U.S. by the end of March, and 100 million by summer.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines in Virginia, click here.

VCU Death Latest

A Loudoun County family is mourning the loss of Adam Oakes, a VCU student who died at an off-campus residence on Saturday.

The family believes hazing is to blame for his death - and they just want answers.

Adam Oake's dad and cousin say they’re heartbroken over losing who they call their teddy bear, who was full of love and wanted to show that to everyone he met.
Adam Oake's dad and cousin say they’re heartbroken over losing who they call their teddy bear, who was full of love and wanted to show that to everyone he met. (Source: Family Photos)

Family members say that after a night of heavy drinking, Oakes passed out at the Delta Chi fraternity house and was discovered there the next morning.

Adam was offered a bid to join Delta Chi. His family says he had to go to a party on Friday night to start the initiation process.

Dominion Relief Bill Passes

Under a provision of the compromise budget released by the House of Delegates and Senate earlier this week and passed by both chambers Saturday, Dominion will be directed to forgive customers’ unpaid balances that were more than 30 days in arrears as of Dec. 31, 2020.

(Source: WVUE)

The move builds on earlier action by the General Assembly during its special session to address COVID-19 and criminal justice issues this fall. At that time, the legislature directed Dominion to forgive all unpaid balances that were more than 30 days overdue as of Sept. 30, 2020.

The compromise budget also reaffirms the electric utility’s right to offset its earnings from 2017 to 2020 with bill forgiveness costs in the upcoming review of its earnings that state regulators are slated to begin this spring.

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Cases Decrease At U Of R

The University of Richmond has loosened some COVID-19 restrictions following a big decrease in COVID-19 cases at the school.

In the first few weeks of the spring semester, there was a huge spike in cases, forcing the school to implement stricter safety measures and making off-campus students learn from home for two weeks.

There have been more than 300 cases this semester alone, but there are only 10 active cases now.

Diaper Drive

Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First and Infant & Toddler Connection of Chesterfield are seeking community partners, to host diaper drives that collect children’s diapers for the organizations’ overall 8th annual Diaper Drive.

The organization is looking for partners such as local businesses, neighborhood associations, churches, and fraternity and sorority groups.

Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First will hold its 7th annual children’s diaper drive during the month of March.
Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First will hold its 7th annual children’s diaper drive during the month of March. (Source: nbc12)

This year, there is a specific need for diapers in sizes 3 through 6. The Diaper Drive runs during the entire month of March.

Participating in the Diaper Drive is a wonderful way for groups to connect with the community. Interested organizations, groups or businesses should contact Ashley Rogers, Families First Program Coordinator, at 804-318-8648 or Leslie Pakula, Infant Program Manager, at 804-921-5060.

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