Coronavirus

  Virus relief bill remains up in air as negotiations resume

Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats reported progress over the weekend even as they highlighted their differences.

  ‘We were a regular family’: Ga. teen loses both parents to COVID-19 days apart

Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Virginia Educators United plans motor march around state Capitol

Local company searching for ‘passionate’ caregivers during Chesterfield job fair

  With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

  As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

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City, school respond after large gathering off Radford University’s campus

More than 100 COVID-19 patients discharged from Virginia hospitals since Saturday update

Virginia reports 900+ new positive COVID-19 cases Sunday

Pac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concerns

Harvard health official: Miss. will become number one in the nation for COVID-19

  India reports 55,000 virus cases, Florida faces storm

8-year-old in desperate need of bone marrow match

He’s been waiting for over a year and a half and, because he’s Black, he’ll likely have to wait even longer.

  Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among minks in Europe

In the meantime, authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in Spain and the Netherlands as a precaution.

Spotting signs of a student struggling mentally during virtual school will be an obstacle parents and teachers may face

Roughly three million adolescents seek mental health services from school, but with many schools transitioning to a virtual learning model, how can parents and teachers help spot signs of a student in need of help from home?

Chilton Co. man with COVID-19 flown out-of-state in search of ICU bed according to family

Early warned others to take the virus seriously so they do not have to go through what her family is going through.

South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak

  Who’s hiring in Central Va. during the COVID-19 crisis?

Homestead Creamery feels COVID-19 effects

  Ind. student tests positive for COVID-19 on first day of school

  Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

  Storm could hinder US virus response; Mexico No. 3 in deaths

Bill proposes more authority to Va. General Assembly during state of emergency

Virginia Delegate Tony Wilt from the Valley wants the General Assembly to be more involved when it comes to emergency orders.

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

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

Dozens gathered in protest to abolish ICE

Dozens of people gathered in Carytown at the Kroger parking lot to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

  US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

The U.S. government has a further option for the supply of an additional 500 million doses longer term as part of its Operation Warp Speed program.

Birmingham mom couldn’t hold newborn for a month after COVID-19 diagnosis

Sasha Jackson says it was a nightmare, to be seperated from her tiny newborn for such a long time.

  ‘I was heartbroken’: Mask mandate creates communication challenges for deaf community

The mask mandate in Virginia is creating communication challenges for the deaf community. One woman said she faced communication issues after a Walmart employee refused to pull down his mask to help her.

  Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

The web of state and local quarantines is growing more tangled by the day: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered visitors from a whopping 34 states to quarantine for 14 days.

  Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci is returning to Capitol Hill on Friday.

  Georgia camp with COVID-19 outbreak didn’t require masks

A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but didn’t make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

Transition from work-at-home novice to pro

As work and home life meld, it’s difficult to maintain boundaries, stay productive and take care of your mental health amid the pandemic.

Radford University prepares for students’ return this weekend

Radford University students start moving back onto campus this weekend, with the school reopening next week.

Northam faces 15-point approval drop as governors across the country face growing pandemic fatigue

A new poll from the Center for Public Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs found that approval ratings for Gov. Ralph Northam’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic have dropped 15 percentage points since a similar survey in April.

  Rent’s due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off

Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties.

Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court closes due to COVID-19 concerns

The Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court has been ordered to close due to COVID-19 concerns.

  Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

Health experts say test results that come back after two or three days are nearly worthless, because by then the window for tracing the person's contacts to prevent additional infections has essentially closed.

  COVID-19 mitigation efforts for Hampton Roads area go into effect

The eastern part of the state is seeing a high positivity rate in COVID-19 cases.

Virginia Career Works helps job seekers and businesses affected by pandemic

Virginia Career Works Piedmont Region has launched several initiatives to assist job seekers and employers during the pandemic.

  2nd US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

Scientists aren’t celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four big, hard-hit states and that cases are rising in at least half of all the states

  Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday’s brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand.

SEC goes to conference-only schedule, Sept. 26 start

The SEC's university presidents agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26.

150,000+ Virginians may have had COVID-19, according to UVA Health research

The real number of Virginians infected with coronavirus could be at least twice as high as the number that have tested positive, according to new research being conducted by UVA Health and the Virginia Department of Health.

  Richmond’s Mayor dedicates $1 million in CARES Act funding to forgivable small business loans

The city has allocated $1 million of its total $20.1 million federal CARES Act appropriation to the EDA to pay for the program.

GRTC contractor tests positive for COVID-19

A GRTC contractor has tested positive for COVID-19, making this the second contractor to test positive and 18th case at GRTC.

  Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

The coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy plunging by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter and is still inflicting damage across the country, squeezing already struggling businesses and forcing a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating.

  Herman Cain dies of COVID at 74

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died of COVID-19. He was 74.

  VEC investigating more than 3,000 cases of unemployment fraud

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announces it is investigating more than 3,000 cases of unemployment benefit fraud across the Commonwealth.

More pregnant women choosing natural births over hospital births during COVID-19 pandemic

Harrisonburg's Brookhaven Women's Health and Natural Birth Center, has seen an increase of about 50% of interested mothers to be.

  UK scientists immunizing hundreds with coronavirus vaccine

Dr. Robin Shattock, a professor at the college, told The Associated Press that he and colleagues had just finished a very slow and arduous process of testing the vaccine at a low dose in the initial participants and would now expand the trial to about 300 people, including some over age 75.

Northam, lawmakers urge Trump to respond to outbreak at Virginia immigrant detention center

Virginia’s governor and two U.S. senators have urged President Trump to respond to the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak that has occurred inside an immigrant detention center.

Mississippi has the highest COVID positivity rate in U.S.

Mississippi has the highest rate of positive COVID-19 tests in the country, data over the past 14 days shows.

  Groups unite to urge US to extend food aid to schoolchildren

The group is pushing the Republican-led Senate and Trump to adopt the HEROES Act.

  Democrats trim convention hours amid coronavirus pandemic

Joe Biden is expected to accept the party’s presidential nomination on the final night of the convention, which runs Aug. 17-20, the schedule released late Wednesday said.

Richmond, Henrico COVID-19 testing events scheduled in August

The Richmond City Health District has two more upcoming COVID-19 testing events.

Chesterfield Health Department announces free COVID-19 testing events for August

The Chesterfield Health Department has released more COVID-19 testing dates for the month of August.

  Trump downplays West Texas energy worries, attacks Democrats

Trump took sweeping digs at so-called “crazy left radical Democrats” on a fundraising trip to the fracking fields of West Texas. The oil and gas industry is struggling with the pandemic economic downturn and global oversupply.

  University of Maryland study shows downward trend in social distancing across the country

According to the latest numbers in a study released by the University of Maryland, there has been a nationwide negative trend of people’s social distancing.

  Rep. Gohmert tests positive for COVID before planned trip with Trump

Gohmert, R-Texas, did not wear a mask at the judiciary committee hearing Tuesday where Attorney General Bill Barr testified.

  Some Americans may be suffering from pandemic-related post-traumatic stress symptoms, study says

The coronavirus pandemic has fostered fear and forced changed in our way of life and new research suggests an alarming number of Americans may be suffering from post traumatic stress symptoms because of it.

  JetBlue tests UV device for disinfecting planes

JetBlue is experimenting with a high-tech UV light system to keep its planes clear of COVID-19.

  Misinformation on the virus is proving highly contagious

As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight to the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures.

  Fed sees dim economic outlook as virus squeezes economy

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned Wednesday that the viral epidemic is endangering the modest economic recovery that followed a collapse in hiring and spending this spring. As a result, he said, the Fed plans to keep interest rates pinned near zero well into the future.

Department of Health ramps up contact tracing, testing

The Virginia Department of Health says contact tracing, testing and the focus on health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing in the Commonwealth.

  US death toll from COVID tops 150,000 as virus aid talks continue

Trump signaled his interest in preventing an eviction crisis as a federal moratorium expires Friday on millions of apartment units. But he and his top emissary to Congress portrayed an otherwise dismal outlook.

  Savannah, Georgia, news anchor first in US treated with coronavirus vaccine trial

Dawn Baker usually delivers the news, but Monday morning, the television anchor in Savannah, Georgia, made news - made history - as the first person in the U.S. to participate in a Phase 3 clinical trial for a vaccine against COVID-19.

Administration wants West Wing remodel money in virus bill

The Trump administration wants $377 million in the next coronavirus relief bill for a long-delayed modernization of the West Wing, but the timetable for construction is yet to be determined.

  US jabs Russia over claim of spreading virus disinformation

U.S. officials say Russian intelligence officers are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic through English-language websites, trying to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain before the presidential election in November.

Virginia health experts say to wash cloth face masks daily

Health and safety leaders have stressed the importance of wear a face mask to slow the spread of COVID-19, but keeping masks clean or discarding disposable masks is also important to not spread germs.

US energy use hit 30-year low during pandemic shutdowns

U.S. energy consumption plummeted to its lowest level in more than 30 years this spring as the nation’s economy largely shut down because of the coronavirus, federal officials reported Wednesday.

US Open without qualifying now will be played without fans

A week before the PGA Championship begins without spectators, the U.S. Open announced Wednesday it would not have fans Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York because of health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kohl’s stores to close for Thanksgiving

The chain says it expects more customers to shop earlier and take advantage of online shopping.

Which airline should I fly in 2020 (and beyond)?

If you have to fly during the pandemic, here are some things to consider.

  Trump touts doctor in conspiracy theory video, discredited COVID-19 treatment

Stella Immanuel is featured in a video retweeted by the president Monday showing a group in white coats pushing false claims about COVID-19. It has since been deleted by Twitter and other social media platforms.

  Back to Learning: Major school systems to reopen virtually, others offer in-person/virtual options

Some of the largest school systems in Central Virginia have opted to return to learning virtually, and now educators are weighing in on how that could work.

  Father, son with COVID-19 forced into facility after breaking quarantine

The father of the teenager spoke with Hawaii News Now via phone following the incident.

13 deaths at Charlottesville long-term care facility tied to COVID-19

Thirteen residents at the Cedars Healthcare Center in Charlottesville have so far died in connection with the coronavirus. Additionally, 16 others have been hospitalized.

Experts worry about errors if census schedule is sped up

After asking for coronavirus-related deadline extensions in April, the Trump administration now appears to be abandoning that request.

US officials say Russia is spreading virus disinformation

The U.S. government has identified two suspected Russian military intelligence operatives who it believes are helping direct the spread of disinformation through websites that have published extensively on the coronavirus pandemic, American politics and international affairs.