Health

‘We’re geared up and ready’: Dry ice requests increase for storing COVID-19 vaccines

Dry ice has been a huge hit among the pharmaceutical and food service industries but now with the future COVID-19 vaccine, eyes are on it once again.

Over 2,500 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Virginia | 37 COVID-19 deaths reported

  Chesterfield County’s 7-day average of COVID-19 cases slightly increases

  VCU health care workers share what it’s like to be on front lines of COVID-19 fight

Free COVID-19 testing events scheduled around Thanksgiving in Chesterfield County

  AAA says 84% of Virginians are not traveling for Thanksgiving

Over 23,000 COVID-19 patients released from Virginia hospitals

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Assisted living facilities asking for family, community support for residents this Thanksgiving

Hospital celebrates Henrico woman’s 106th birthday

  VCU Health submits intent to distribute Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

  Chesterfield Schools sees uptick in COVID-19 cases, rise in 7-day average

  Virginia day care closed for ignoring COVID-19 guidelines

  Rep. Abigail Spanberger pushes for COVID-19 economic relief with Congress

  Recreational sports take measures in light of governor’s order

The newest mandates from the governor’s office are impacting sports all across the commonwealth at every level and that includes recreation, club and travel athletics.

Virginia’s COVID-19 data dashboard to be offline Saturday for maintenance

The routine maintenance is scheduled to take place between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

UVA Medical Center granted contract to expand COVID testing statewide

UVA Medical Center is now part of a new network to expand COVID-19 testing capacity statewide.

Lawsuit: Tyson plant managers in Iowa bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19

The lawsuit alleges Tyson Foods is guilty of a “willful and wanton disregard for workplace safety.”

  VCU students clearing out of dorms although CDC advises against holiday travel

  St. Jude scientists make breakthrough and discover possible COVID-19 treatment

  Quarantine rules adjusted for Chesterfield County employees

  TSA, airline industry experts outline safety measure ahead of holiday travel

90 inmates test positive for coronavirus at Chesapeake jail

VDH offers easy guidelines for assessing Thanksgiving activity risks

RPS superintendent holds Facebook discussion with city health director

Kamras be joined by Richmond-Henrico Health Director Dr. Danny Avula.

UVA students create a ‘Collegepedia’ to make COVID-19 news more accessible

Every day, there’s new information online about COVID-19 making it hard to keep up.

New York City schools to close again as city fights virus

New York City’s mayor says he’s shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus.

Pandemic triggers ‘enormous’ spike in drug overdose deaths

From January through June, at least 1,086 Virginians died from overdoses of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, prescription opioids and other drugs, the state medical examiner has found.

Chesterfield Schools: Spike in cases could trigger return to remote learning

Officials say that if an average of 25 new cases per 100,000 residents is identified within a seven-day period, it would trigger a school closure district-wide.

  Pandemic shopping is leading to bare shelves at grocery stores again

If you’ve been to a grocery store lately, you may have noticed popular household items flying off the shelves yet again.

UVA students create a ‘Collegepedia’ to make COVID-19 news more accessible

Every day, there’s new information online about COVID-19 making it hard to keep up.

New York City schools to close again as city fights virus

New York City’s mayor says he’s shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus.

Pandemic triggers ‘enormous’ spike in drug overdose deaths

From January through June, at least 1,086 Virginians died from overdoses of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, prescription opioids and other drugs, the state medical examiner has found.

Chesterfield Schools: Spike in cases could trigger return to remote learning

Officials say that if an average of 25 new cases per 100,000 residents is identified within a seven-day period, it would trigger a school closure district-wide.

  Pandemic shopping is leading to bare shelves at grocery stores again

If you’ve been to a grocery store lately, you may have noticed popular household items flying off the shelves yet again.

N.C. health leaders identify state’s COVID-19 ‘viral hotspots’ with county alert system

On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper and Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, unveiled the that’s now county alert system, which is designed to identify the counties with the highest metrics.

As virus cases rise, Navy limits sailors’ travel, activity

U.S. Navy bases and personnel in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region have been ordered to limit travel and other activities as coronavirus cases rise.

Wedding industry, engaged couples prepare for the worst as gathering limits tighten in Virginia again

Brides-to-be are being forced to once again make changes to their big day, and vendors are doing their best to adapt.

Dr. Anthony Fauci to speak on UVA’s Medical Center Hour Wednesday

The Medical Center Hour at the University of Virginia hosts a high profile guest Wednesday.

UVA research assesses COVID-19 death toll in the United States

Research from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service is showing that the coronavirus is becoming one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

  Richmond nurse goes above & beyond to keep spirits up for resident at nursing home

Most nursing homes aren’t allowing visitors right now and it’s all in the name of safety, but it doesn’t make it any easier for families. But nurses are stepping up and filling new roles to keep families as connected as possible.

  With flu season right around the corner, health professionals urge flu shots to avoid possible ‘twindemic’

While the annual flu vaccination is only 40-60% effective, it could help the health system this winter.

Free COVID-19 community testing events for November scheduled in Richmond, Henrico

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts announced additional free community testing events for the month of November.

Player on Washington Football Team tests positive for COVID-19

The organization says the player immediately self-isolated and the contact tracing data was evaluated.

  Richmond Health director says we could see COVID vaccine as early as end of December

Dr. Danny Avula goes over the differences between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Virginia hospital has had 7 kids with rare COVID condition

A hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, says it has treated seven children with a serious health condition linked to the coronavirus.

Wedding industry continues to face hardships with COVID-19 restrictions

Small businesses are feeling the impact of the new COVID-19 restrictions in Virginia, including the wedding industry.

  How statewide COVID-19 restrictions could affect restaurant, lodging industries

Starting Monday, bars and restaurants must stop on-site alcohol sales at 10 p.m. and close by midnight. Eric Terry, the president of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, says he’s expecting the job security –– particularly of bartenders and late-night staff –– to be impacted.

W.V. governor announces restrictions to reduce COVID-19 spread

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ordered the wearing of masks at all times in businesses and other indoor spaces starting at midnight.

UofR enters ‘red stage’ with tighter COVID-19 restrictions

An uptick in COVID-19 cases is leading to tighter restrictions on the University of Richmond’s campus.

Walmart will start limiting the number of people in stores nationwide on Saturday to combat the spread of COVID-19

Walmarts nationwide will be “metering” in order to limit the number of customers inside a single store at one time.

Clinical trial shows antidepressant may prevent severe cases of COVID-19

A clinical trial shows that a popular antidepressant might help coronavirus patients from experiencing severe symptoms.

How does the governor’s order impact sports? What you need to know

College and high school basketball are among those sports that will be impacted by the amended state guidelines announced on Friday.

Virginia man sentenced for defrauding COVID-19 relief

Tarik Jaafar was arrested in June at a New York airport after purchasing one-way tickets with his wife to Poland.

Hopewell City Public Schools creates COVID-19 dashboard

The dashboard will provide information on cases that have occurred in the schools since the beginning of the school year.

Reeves: Mississippi ‘not going to participate’ in nationwide lockdown

Tate Reeves to give press conference.

UVA Health doctor discusses ongoing racial divide in COVID-19 fight

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages, doctors are still trying to solve a persistent and pressing issue: the racial divide in both cases and case severity.

“Breachers” face brain injury, inflammation from explosion proximity, UVA study says

A new study from the University of Virginia is showing that being around even controlled explosions repeatedly could be hazardous to men and women in uniform.

  Poll worker at Richmond voting precinct tests positive for COVID-19

A Richmond poll worker is warning voters that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 at a polling place on election day.

  Richmond health officials warn COVID-19 cases rising

Currently, Richmond is averaging about 40 new cases per day and that number has been on a steady climb for more than 40 days.

11 positive COVID-19 cases confirmed at Richmond City Registrar; 20 in quarantine

Richmond health officials say the public does not appear to be at risk after 11 people who worked at the city Registrar office tested positive for coronavirus.

  Central Virginia schools report more COVID-19 cases

Chesterfield and Henrico schools have reported several new cases of COVID-19 within each of the divisions.

UVA Medical Center Hour explores mental toll of the healthcare profession, how to cope

Some experts in the field of health care are raising the alarm on the mental implications of working in the profession.

Private school in Henrico temporarily closes due to COVID-19

The Steward School said all three people who tested positive are isolated and in good condition.

Colonial Heights High School going virtual due to COVID-19 cases

Colonial Heights High School is closing and going virtual for a few weeks due to COVID-19 cases.

19 coronavirus deaths now reported at Chesterfield nursing home

The Virginia Department of Health confirms that 19 people have died at a Chesterfield nursing home due to COVID-19.

  Celebrating safely during a pandemic: CDC’s message on Thanksgiving gatherings

There are also safe ways to spend the holiday with people outside your household. But the Centers for Disease Control says the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with people in your household.

Ophthalmologist raising awareness about vision loss for people under 65

An ophthalmologist with University of Virginia Health is raising awareness about a complication associated with diabetes that is the leading cause of vision loss for people younger than 65.

Self-quarantine urged in South Hill after potential COVID-19 exposure at event

The Southside Health Department (SSHD) is investigating potential exposures to COVID-19 associated with a community event at a local South Hill venue.

  Chesterfield teachers seek virtual options for instructors as 4th Cohort returns

Middle and high school students are back in the classroom, but at least three Chesterfield teachers say they are worried they could catch coronavirus with the return of Cohort 4 students.

  COVID-19 outbreak reported at Henrico Voter Registration Office, Public Works

A COVID-19 outbreak has been reported at the Voter Registration and Elections Office and the Department of Public Works, with eight employees testing positive or showing symptoms of the virus.

UVA, VT among three state labs awarded contracts to expand COVID-19 testing efforts

The commonwealth has announced bolstered efforts towards expanding its public health COVID-19 testing capacity by awarding contracts to Virginia Tech, University of Virginia Medical Center, and Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk.

COVID-19 cases rising in central, southwest Virginia

Governor Northam and the Virginia Emergency Support Team announced Tuesday afternoon that the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and percent positivity rate has trended upward in the past month.

Gov. Cooper: N.C. Phase 3 reopening ‘paused’ again two weeks before Thanksgiving holiday

Indoor gathering limit reduced from 25 to 10

  Mayor Stoney, his office, and Registrar staff to quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure

Kirk Showalter, General Registrar, announced that 90% of the staff at the Richmond City Registrar is under quarantine after three people tested positive for COVID-19.

Northam announces $22M in funding for COVID-19 response at private colleges, universities

Governor Ralph Northam announced on Monday that $22 million in CARES Act funding will go to Virginia’s private colleges and universities to help fund their response to COVID-19.

  VDH working on next steps for COVID-19 vaccination plan

In October, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) submitted a draft “COVID-19 Vaccination Plan” to the Centers for Disease Control.

COVID-19 outbreaks are increasing within Virginia’s hospitals, health officials warn

Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver released a new clinician letter on Friday, writing that reported COVID-19 infections in hospitals have “increased substantially” since August.

Richmond website can help residents find free masks, nearest pickup locations

Residents in the City of Richmond can now find a free mask with a website that displays pickup locations.

  Virginia Democrats and Republicans respond to election of President-Elect Joe Biden

Once the race for the white house was called, the praise from top Virginia Biden supporters came rolling in.

  Energy follows Richmond Marathon from downtown to Dorey Park

It’s a unique Richmond Marathon, with runners having 16 days to get their miles in on the official course. That span kicked off on Saturday morning at Dorey Park.

Harrisonburg schools to use $1.1M in CARES Act funding for technology, new jobs

About $220 million in additional CARES Act funding was distributed to Virginia’s public schools last month to be used for COVID-19 pandemic-related resources and supplies.