Senate OKs $1.9T virus relief bill that includes stimulus checks

The bill would provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans and money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry and subsidies for health insurance.

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

  Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

Roanoke ENT helps COVID-19 patients regain sense of smell through training

Va. reports 91 additional COVID-19 deaths | Over 1,400 new cases confirmed

Over 800 COVID-19 patients released from Virginia hospitals in 24 hrs.

Dalai Lama receives coronavirus vaccine

Over 782k fully vaccinated | More than 1.43 million people received first COVID-19 vaccine dose

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  Senate Dems strike jobless aid deal, relief and stimulus checks bill OK in sight

Open spaces, no pharmacies: rural US confronts vaccine void

  VDH is asking people to check their vaccine registration

  Study finds mask mandates, dining out influence virus spread

UVA doctor says light is at the end of the tunnel as COVID-19 cases decrease

  WHO head wants virus vaccine patents waived to boost supply

  Online university offers ‘resiliency grants’ to help students amid pandemic

One online university is making things a little easier for their students this year, giving away more than a million dollars to students who say they just can’t make ends meet because of COVID-19.

Southside Health District reports case of pediatric illness linked to COVID-19

Southside Health District says a child has recovered after having Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), which is associated with COVID-19.

  NY officials removed fuller tally of nursing home deaths

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report that the true number of people who had died in nursing homes in New York was altered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aides in a state Health Department report in July.

Doctors not surprised to find swelling on mammograms after COVID-19 vaccine

Doctors are noticing an interesting side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine that’s impacting mammograms for women.

  When will COVID vaccines be available for children?

  US job growth likely rose in February in rebound from slump

University of Virginia cancels May graduation amid pandemic

  Fauci presents his personal virus model to Smithsonian

Senator Tim Kaine reintroduces Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

  Governor Northam views in-person learning methods in Louisa

  Richmond-Henrico Health District will transition to vaccinating rest of group 1B this month

The opening will include those aged 16 to 64 with an underlying condition or disability and even more essential workers.

Child in central Virginia dies from COVID-19 complications

The Virginia Department of Health announced Thursday, March 4, that a child in central Virginia died from coronavirus complications.

  Heart problems may be rare in pro athletes after COVID-19

The research involved U.S. professional athletes who play football, hockey, soccer, baseball and men’s and women’s basketball.

New Kent County to hold weekly vaccine clinics

To pre-register, call the COVID vaccine call center at 804-966-9677 on Monday-Friday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  ‘Falling through cracks’: Vaccine bypasses some older adults

An untold number of older people are getting left behind in the desperate dash for vaccine shots because they are too frail, overwhelmed, isolated or poor to navigate a system that favors healthier individuals with more resources.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is here, and it’s effective. But Virginia health officials worry some won’t take it.

Concern over optics, though, has played a heavy role in how Virginia is distributing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the first several weeks of its rollout.

Virginia receives $1 million grant to research pandemic’s impact on schools

Included in their examination will be absenteeism, grade-level retention, teacher retention and more.

  Boy, 12, creates website to help elderly New Yorkers book vaccine appointments

The 12-year-old hits refresh for hours a day, searching for COVID-19 vaccine appointments for elderly people in the New York metro area.

  Medicine specialist talks treatments for lingering COVID-19 symptoms

According to the British Medical Journal, roughly 10 percent of people experience prolonged illness after recovery.

  States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge

Cities and states are rapidly expanding access to vaccines as the nation races to head off a resurgence in coronavirus infections and reopen schools and businesses battered by the pandemic.

  Stores to require masks in states without mask mandates

Face masks will remain a requirement at many big businesses in Texas and Mississippi despite the mask mandate being lifted in those states.

  Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Virginia

The Virginia Health Department will get 69,000 Johnson & Johnson doses over the next two days, with an additional 22,000 from the federal government going to pharmacies.

  Abortion concerns prompt archdiocese warning on vaccine

While not disputing the church officials’ contention that an abortion-derived cell line is used in the production, Johnson & Johnson issued a statement Tuesday stressing that there is no fetal tissue in its vaccine.

  Debate simmers over spreading out shots for two-dose vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says two doses offer better protection from coronavirus variants which are believed to be more contagious.

  Report: Virus cases in nursing homes drop 82%

Officials say vaccination efforts in nursing homes and long-care facilitates are responsible for the decline.

  ‘The wedding industry is getting left behind’: Wedding venue says COVID-19 restrictions hurting business

A Goochland wedding venue suggests the wedding industry should follow the same percent capacity guidelines as restaurants.

  Pandemic still hurting some small Richmond restaurants

The pandemic continues to take a devastating toll on many small businesses.

  Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions. It was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.

  ‘Vaccine, vaccine’: Dolly sings ‘Jolene’ rewrite before shot

Dolly Parton has written hundreds of songs over her decades-long career and it turns out her tune “Jolene” is the just right one for getting her COVID-19 vaccine.

  Biden vows enough vaccine for all US adults by end of May

The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose J&J vaccine and accelerate the nation’s plans to reach “herd immunity” in the U.S. and begin restoring normalcy after the pandemic.

  Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings

U.S. cases have plunged more than 70% over the past two months from an average of nearly 250,000 new infections a day, while average deaths per day have plummeted about 40% since mid-January.

  The Virginia National Guard is joining efforts to help vaccinate people in the state

Monday, training began for hundreds of guardsmen around the state including at Richmond Raceway in Henrico County.

  Florida nurse returns home after being paralyzed from rare COVID-19-related infection

A Florida nurse is back home after a rare infection left him paralyzed.

  Biden to prioritize vaccinating school teachers

President Biden said his goal is for every pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educator, school staff member and childcare worker to receive at least one shot by the end of March.

Free COVID-19 testing events in Richmond, Henrico for March

Here’s a schedule of the upcoming free COVID-19 testing events for the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Districts in the month of March.

  CDC to release guidance for people vaccinated against COVID

A CDC official says the agency will put out the details once they’re finalized later this week.

  3rd vaccine rolls out, new boosters being developed

Even as more shots become available, the three companies with vaccines on the U.S. market are working on a booster to help better protect against the virus variants.

First case of COVID-19 variant identified in NW region of Virginia

Viruses change routinely, and VDH expects to see new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus as the disease spreads.

  COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally

A new report by the Geneva-based Insecurity Insight and the University of California, Berkeley’s Human Rights Center identified more than 1,100 threats or acts of violence against health care workers and facilities last year.

  ‘It’s truly a miracle’: Man, 25, with COVID-19 survives near-death 3 times

Doctors say the young man's case should serve as a warning. He had no pre-existing health concerns but suffered serious complications from COVID-19.

Board approves plan to send 800 RPS students back to classroom after spring break

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

  Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation

It will start using a “strike system” to remove accounts that repeatedly violate its rule.

  States easing virus restrictions despite experts’ warnings

Nearly 20% of the nation’s adults — or over 50 million people — have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 10% have been fully inoculated.

  Watch for vaccination sign-up scams

Federal regulators warn more consumers will soon hear from crooks calling about vaccines while impersonating an insurance company or health department.

  Why you should consider the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose shot was given the green light over the weekend, but some health experts worry Americans may turn up their noses at this latest vaccine.

  Nearly 4M doses of J&J virus vaccine on way to states

The White House is encouraging Americans to take the first dose available to them, regardless of manufacturer.

  Elderly couple who found love during COVID-19 get vaccinated before wedding

In the midst of a tough winter, the love between two 94-year-olds in New York blossomed, and they recently became engaged.

  Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

For five weeks, the mother of a disabled woman in Pennsylvania searched for a vaccine appointment, reaching out to state and local leaders with no luck.

  J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

First cases of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant identified in Southwest Va.

The Virginia Department of Health announced Friday that the first cases of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 have been identified in the Southwest region of Virginia.

  Mo. girl finds parents dead in bed reportedly from COVID-19

St. Louis County police say the 11-year-old made the discovery on Thursday.

  Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

U.S. testing hit a peak on Jan. 15. Since then, the average number of daily tests has fallen more than 28%.

Mary Baldwin goes virtual after spike in COVID cases

Mary Balwin University has had only 87 positive cases of the coronavirus on campus since June 15, 2020. 41 of those cases are from this week.

  Chesterfield pastor home after months-long battle with COVID-19

A Chesterfield pastor received a hero’s welcome home Friday after a months-long battle with coronavirus.

  Chesterfield health director addresses COVID-19 vaccine concerns

With very few vaccine doses, Dr. Alexander Samuel says it's going to take time to move through the list.

  Significant number of vaccine call-backs are going unanswered. Will you lose your place on the waitlist?

Health officials for the Richmond Henrico Health District say about 40-50% percent of the people called by representatives this week were marked as "not answering."

Richmond Schools superintendent to unveil in-person learning options for spring

Richmond Schools Superintendent says he’ll unveil a plan on Monday to open in-person learning for up to 800 students this spring.

Updated Va. vaccine allotment to include Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine

Hundreds of thousands of vaccines, including the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, are expected to come to the commonwealth next week.

  US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make J&J’s shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the U.S.

Henrico County to host mass vaccine clinic this weekend

Approximately 5,000 people who are 65 and older will receive their second dose of the vaccine.

  Superintendent says RPS will be ready for in-person learning by fall

A bill requiring all school districts to provide full-time, in-person learning is heading to Governor Ralph Northam to be passed.

US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

U.S. regulators are allowing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be shipped and stored at less-frigid temperatures, which should ease distribution and administration of one of the two vaccines authorized for emergency use in the country.

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

  Understanding post-COVID syndrome

A new study suggests even in mild cases, some folks may feel symptoms months later. The condition is known as post-COVID syndrome.

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in.

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new search tool for COVID-19 vaccines.

  New mass vaccine clinic will be coming to Richmond’s Southside

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts provided a virtual update this morning announcing the plans.

Doctor explains what you can and can’t do after receiving COVID-19 vaccinations

An infectious disease doctor with UVA says there are still misconceptions surrounding how the COVID-19 vaccines work because the science is not yet settled, but recent data suggests these medicines can be the key to ending the pandemic.