News to Know for May 19: Gov. Northam on VEC; Richmond Raceway vaccines; VCU’s mask policy changes

News to Know for May 19: Gov. Northam on VEC; Richmond Raceway vaccines; VCU’s mask policy changes
Virginia’s unemployment system has been one of the lowest-funded in the country for decades. (Source: NBC12)

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Northam On VEC Claims

Governor Ralph Northam has directed the Virginia Employment Commission to invest $20 million to expand its ability to process unemployment claims.

The executive directive orders the agency to “add 300 new adjudication staffers, make immediate technology upgrades, and complete a full modernization of the Commonwealth’s unemployment insurance system by October 1, 2021.”

On Thursday the VEC held a news briefing to discuss the launch of a third federal unemployment benefit program
On Thursday the VEC held a news briefing to discuss the launch of a third federal unemployment benefit program (Source: NBC12)

Virginia’s unemployment system has been one of the lowest-funded in the country for decades.

For more details, click here.

Richmond Raceway Vaccines

Individuals 12 and older can now get the COVID-19 vaccine at a series of walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics in May.

The clinics are being held at the Richmond Raceway and will all offer the Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccinations will be administered at the raceway infield and should enter at Gate 7 from Carolina Avenue. The final day for the mass vaccination clinic at the raceway will be on May 27.

To see a schedule of vaccine clinics at the raceway, click here.

Mobile Vaccine Clinics

The Piedmont Health District is set to open mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics to help serve rural and underserved areas.

The mobile clinics are in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and other partners.

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered to Virginians ages 18 and older. No registration will be needed.

For a list of vaccine clinic dates and times, click here.

Louisa County’s Graduation Ceremony

As high school seniors in Central Virginia prepare for graduation, hundreds of seniors from Louisa County High School will walk across the stage on Wednesday morning to receive their diplomas.

Louisa County High School will be one of the first schools in Virginia to hold an in-person graduation ceremony.

Louisa County High School will be one of the first high schools in Virginia to hold their in-person graduation ceremony.
Louisa County High School will be one of the first high schools in Virginia to hold their in-person graduation ceremony. (Source: Source, Louisa County Public Schools)

Each graduate can bring four family members to the ceremony.

There will be measures in place to help graduates and their families celebrate safely.

VCU Mask Policy

Virginia Commonwealth University is updating its mask guidelines to be more in line with the updated guidelines from the governor’s office.

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors on campus when they can keep their distance from others.

VCU campus.
VCU campus. (Source: NBC12)

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks.

Those on campus will need to wear a mask at all times at all locations.

Mask-Wearing In Stores

Target announced Monday it would no longer require customers and staff who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to wear face coverings in its stores.

Walmart and Sam’s Club made a similar announcement Friday.

(Source: WLOX)

Other nationwide retailers that have relaxed mask requirements include Publix, Starbucks, Costco and Trader Joe’s.

Kroger stores will continue to require employees and customers to wear masks to protect against COVID-19 for the time being.

Selfie Museum To Open In Richmond

Flick Factory, which is a museum dedicated to taking selfies, will be opening up in June.

The museum is led by New Kent High School student and entrepreneur, Na’Zyia Washington.

Flick Factory logo
Flick Factory logo (Source: Flick Factory)

The 16-year-old “seeks to use Flick Factory as a means to redefine the old, conventional method of taking photos with a polaroid camera to become a fun-filled and thrilling experience.”

For more information on the Flick Factory and to buy tickets, click here.

Final Thought

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