Coronavirus

  How to make Halloween as safe as possible for you and trick-or-treaters

While the Centers for Disease and Prevention has already classified trick or treating as high-risk, the agency says the tradition can be made safer.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  Virginia health officials issue COVID-19 warning over small gatherings

Richmond city COVID-19 numbers increase slightly ahead of Halloween weekend

Kroger pharmacies to offer $25 rapid COVID-19 antibody tests

  Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

  CVS expands COVID-19 testing services

Over 1,300 new COVID-19 cases reported in Virginia

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‘Hung out to dry’: School boards, not the state, are deciding how to reopen, sparking fierce local debates

  Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

VDH rolls out new K-12 COVID dashboard to track school outbreaks

Store guard stabbed 27 times for asking women to wear masks

  ‘We’re working on it:’ Pope’s COVID advisers and the mask

Governor bans indoor dining in Chicago amid virus surge

Surging COVID-19 cases in Chicago prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday to ban indoor dining and bar services and limit the number of people gathering in one place.

Chesterfield nursing home reports 16 COVID-19 deaths

A Chesterfield nursing home is reporting that 16 people have died due to COVID-19.

  Medicare finalizing coverage policy for coronavirus vaccine

The administration official said Medicare’s announcement will try to resolve several legal technicalities that could conceivably get in the way of delivering free vaccines to millions of seniors, a high-risk group for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Dates, times released for COVID-19 testing events in Chesterfield County for November

The Chesterfield County Health Department has released dates and times for COVID-19 testing events.

  Still hampered by virus, US casinos want aid in recovering

  New protests loom as Europeans tire of virus restrictions

  Study: Heart scans uncover COVID-19 damage in some patients

  Masks could save more than 100K lives in US through February, study suggests

Child care program in Hopewell back open after COVID-19 case

  Husband in world’s longest-lived couple dies at 110 after pandemic brings depression

Virginia Tech researchers study how long COVID-19 survives on food surfaces

Our food meets many surfaces in the food supply chain, Virginia Tech researchers are studying how long COVID-19 survives on these food surfaces-- before reaching your home.

  Colonial Heights school temporarily switches to online learning due to COVID-19 cases

Students at Lakeview Elementary School are transitioning to online learning due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

  Coronavirus deaths are rising again in the US, as feared

Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths turned upward, given the record-breaking surge in cases engulfing the country.

How to stay safe from COVID-19 this spooky season

Trick-or-treating this year? Make sure you follow safety guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.

  French doctor warns his country has ‘lost control’ of virus

Europe’s confirmed death toll has surpassed 250,000 according to a count by Johns Hopkins University, which puts the global toll at more than 1.1 million.

  CDC highlights safety tips for in-person voting amid pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding Americans to be cautious while voting.

Over 19,500 COVID-19 patients released from Virginia hospitals

Hospitalizations for coronavirus are trending downward in Virginia with 19,000 coronavirus patients now discharged from hospitals, according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. The numbers give a glimpse at recoveries throughout Virginia.

Coronavirus News to Know: Top headlines on Virginia’s COVID-19 response

Here's everything you need to know about coronavirus in Virginia.

  New US virus cases top 83,700 for 2nd day in row

Close to 8.6 million Americans have contracted the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and about 225,000 have died.

  Hanover offers ‘drive-thru’ early voting options for residents

With just 10 days until the official election day, Hanover County’s Board of Elections is trying to make voting easier by offering drive-thru voting. The best part: voters won’t even have to leave their cars.

  'The show must go on’: Richmond Ballet offers socially-distanced performances

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused curtains to close in theaters across the country, but the Richmond Ballet isn’t dimming the lights just yet.

  US sets coronavirus infection record; deaths near 224,000

The U.S. coronavirus caseload has reached record heights with more than 83,000 infections reported in a single day.

99-year-old woman votes for first time after surviving COVID-19

Barbara Duvall is 99-years-old, and was diagnosed with COVID-19 five weeks ago.

  Health experts learn new details about how coronavirus is spread

There are new developments in just how the coronavirus is passed from person-to-person.

  Fauci suggests nationwide mask requirement as virus numbers climb

The country’s most famous expert on COVID is a fan of masks, but Dr. Anthony Fauci hasn’t supported mandating them at the federal level. In light a of a new model that shows a winter surge of infection is already upon us, he told CNN’s Erin Burnett maybe it is time to require them.

Hanover Schools’ COVID-19 dashboard is now active

Hanover County Public Schools' COVID-19 dashboard is now active and part of ongoing efforts to keep families informed, a message from the school said.

  Some hospitals in crisis as US nears high for COVID-19 cases

The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to Idaho reel under the surge.

Licenses suspended at 4 Richmond bars over COVID-19 violations

The Richmond Health Department suspended the licenses at four Richmond bars over COVID-19 guideline violations.

  Gov. Northam announces $22 million will go towards COVID-19 vaccination program in Virginia

The $22 million allocations of CARES Act dollars will support the Virginia Department of Health’s vaccination preparation and planning through the end of 2020.

  Dutch hospital airlifts patients to Germany amid virus surge

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 41 million people and killed more than 1.1 million, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.

VDH adds new ‘outbreaks in educational settings’ dashboard

The educational settings dashboard includes a line list of outbreaks in Kindergarten-12th Grade Schools (public and private) by school name with associated case numbers and deaths.

Virginia Tech leaders say health and safety considerations drove spring decisions; online petition grows

At Virginia Tech, days after they unveil spring semester plans, an online petition emerges.

Va. Dept. of Health website scheduled to be offline Oct. 31 for routine maintenance

The Virginia Department of Health reported that routine maintenance will be conducted to its external website on Saturday, Oct. 31 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: the antiviral remdesivir

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat COVID-19. Remdesivir is an antiviral medicine given through an IV for patients needing hospitalization.

  US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

The Food and Drug Administration may have to decide by year’s end whether to allow use of the first vaccines against the virus.

  Southwest to resume selling every seat on flights

In an earnings report released Thursday, Southwest cited findings by medical and aviation organizations as a reason for resuming normal sales.

  Henrico Health District urges self-quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure at restaurant

The Henrico County Health district has encouraged residents to self-quarantine after a potential COVID-19 exposure at a local restaurant.

Health dept. alerting families to not gather indoors for Thanksgiving this year

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Thomas Jefferson Health District wants to remind you to avoid gathering with people, even for an extended family feast.

UVA announces plans for spring semester, pre-holiday COVID-19 testing

The University of Virginia says it will begin its spring academic semester for undergraduate students on February 1 and conclude instruction on May 6.

  Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

From Italy to the United Kingdom, nations are trying to get a handle on a surging pandemic.

  What it’s like to lose sense of smell, taste due to COVID

Some of those suffering from that symptom say they can feel its effects even months after their original diagnosis.

  Middle schooler threatened with arrest for missing less than 2 hours of virtual class

The school principal says the incident is the result of new California guidelines which require districts to keep a closer eye on student attendance.

  'Just be safe’: Chesterfield barber opens up about COVID-19 diagnosis

More than a thousand new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Virginia overnight and 30 more people have died.

  Henrico Co. Health District receives nearly 1,900 COVID-19 safety complaints

The Henrico County Health Director says since June nearly 1,900 complaints have been received from community members regarding COVID-19 safety concerns in businesses and restaurants across the county.

  Gov. Northam signs new laws supporting COVID-19 response, reform policing

Governor Ralph Northam announced he has signed 16 new laws and proposed changes to five bills that will support the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response and advance criminal justice reform.

Volunteer in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial dies in Brazil

It wasn’t clear whether the volunteer received the vaccine or a placebo shot.

  CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

The CDC advises anyone who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient to quarantine for two weeks.

  Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff.

  Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

Multiple vaccine candidates are in final-stage studies in tens of thousands of adults, and scientists are hopeful that the next few months will bring evidence that at least some of them are safe and effective enough for widespread use.

9 low-cost ways to make virtual learning easier for kids

These items, all under $15, can help make distance learning more appealing to even the youngest learners.

Could Virginia be heading for a new COVID-19 case peak?

“While early, national and global trends suggest concerns about winter case growth and schools reopening may be founded,” the institute wrote in its most recent update.

Masks will be strongly encouraged at Virginia polling places, but not mandatory

Elections Commissioner Chris Piper said the state can’t prohibit anyone from voting if they insist on casting a ballot indoors without wearing a mask.

Virginia lays out plans for distributing COVID-19 vaccines

The initial phase one plan would get health care, essential workers and older people vaccinated first.

  Deadline looms, but COVID relief deal may be far off

Republicans are reconvening the Senate this week to vote on a virus proposal, but it’s a bill that failed once before, and that Trump himself now derides as too puny.

  Blood from sickest COVID-19 patients makes best plasma therapy treatment

The sicker a patient is with the virus, the stronger the antibody response seems to be.

Radford University fraternity chapter faces interim suspension for COVID related violations

This is the second fraternity at Radford University facing consequences for violating COVID-19 safety guidelines this year.

  California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state’s top health official said Tuesday.

UVA Health doctors, researchers explain why winter will be a challenge in the COVID-19 fight

With the weather beginning to get chillier, UVA Health researchers say a spike in cases is likely on the way, for a variety of reasons.

Can a Halloween mask help prevent the spread of COVID-19? An infectious disease expert at UVA Health weighs in

Halloween is right around the corner and whether you’re opting for silly or scary, masks are a staple for many Halloween costumes. However, can they help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  Leaders in US, Europe divided on response to surging virus

New virus cases in the U.S. have surged in recent weeks from a daily average of about 42,000 in early October to about 58,000 — the highest level since late July.

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer worker counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City.

Central Va. schools confirm more COVID-19 cases

Richmond and Henrico schools have confirmed more COVID-19 cases.

More Virginia colleges scrap traditional spring break

A growing number of Virginia colleges are announcing that spring break will be canceled or modified in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

Imperial College London says the study involves healthy volunteers aged 18 to 30.

  CDC: ‘Strong recommendation’ but no rule for masks on planes

The CDC says masks should be worn by all passengers and workers on planes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-sharing vehicles. That includes in airports and at subway and bus stations.

Lidl installs hospital-grade filters to prevent spread of COVID-19

Air filters rated MERV 13 or higher, which are typically found in hospitals, help filter out COVID-19 and infectious aerosols, according to public health and industry leaders.

  AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: US trust in COVID-19 information down

Experts in health, science and political communication said they see three reasons for the drop in trust: fear, politics and the public watching science messily forming in real time.

  Target announces new round of bonuses for employees amid pandemic

Target is planning to pay out $70 million in bonuses to workers as the retail giant moves into the busy holiday shopping season.