US virus cases surge amid protests; pandemic hits poorest hard around globe

In the U.S., where a wave of protests is adding to concerns over possible additional outbreaks, new cases of the coronavirus have been surging just weeks after many businesses were allowed to reopen.

  1.9 million seek jobless aid even as reopenings slow layoffs

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

  Protests eclipse pandemic, but White House fears resurgence

COVID-19 cases nearing 48,000 in Virginia with 1,445 deaths reported

Nearly 6,300 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from Virginia hospitals

  Autopsy report shows Floyd had tested positive for COVID-19

Cinema chain AMC warns it may not survive the pandemic

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

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Malaria drug fails to prevent COVID-19 in a rigorous study

Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

  Henrico businesses prepare to reopen under ‘Phase Two’ guidelines

10th GRTC employee tests positive for COVID-19

US job losses in May could raise 3-month total to 30 million

  FDA approves new NASA, Fitbit ventilators

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

The NBA has suspended its season on March 11 “until further notice” after Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz became the first player in the league to test positive for the coronavirus.

NerdWallet: Ask an expert: Is any travel safe?

Social distancing is still key for pandemic safety, especially while traveling.

Curfews, pandemic test voters in primaries held amid unrest

Polls have begun to close as voters navigated curfews and health concerns in a slate of primary contests that tested the nation’s ability to host elections amid dueling crises.

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is seeking a new state to host the Republican National Convention after host North Carolina refused to guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without restrictions because of ongoing concerns over the coronavirus.

  Gov. Northam speaks publicly for first time on recent unrest in Virginia

  Northam: Most of Virginia to move into Phase Two starting on Friday

  Teen depression on upswing during pandemic

Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion

  Pucker up: Man drinks lemon juice through straw in record time

ForwardRVA to distribute additional PPE kits to businesses

Virginia launches workplace safety investigations into seven employee deaths from COVID-19

Virginia occupational safety inspectors have opened investigations into seven employee deaths related to COVID-19 and four hospitalizations, according to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

  Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

But as Parisians reclaimed their rhythm of city life, health experts warned that virus cases are still rising in Latin America, the world's latest COVID-19 epicenter.

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

A military deployment by Trump to U.S. states would mark a stunning federal intervention not seen in modern American history.

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

The House’s staggering $3 trillion package is mothballed in the Senate, where Republicans are focused instead on trimming unemployment benefits and getting Americans back to work. Quick action by Congress is skidding to a halt.

Hospital testing sheds some light on extent of asymptomatic COVID-19 in Virginia

In the weeks since Virginia’s hospitals have reopened for non-life-threatening procedures, many have implemented wider COVID-19 testing protocols to protect patients and staff from the virus.

  When there’s a pandemic, have a parade (but do it safely)

The parks and rec team took to the streets of the city dressed as a crazy cast of characters, including Scooby-Doo, Mr. Potato Head and a T-rex.

Another GRTC bus driver tests positive for COVID-19, is 9th case for company

GRTC officials say another bus driver has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases for the company to nine.

DMV reopens additional locations; customers should make appointments ahead of time

The Department of Motor Vehicles announced they will open an additional five customer service locations starting on May 26.

  Nearly 26,000 nursing home deaths reported as lockdowns ease

The first day of June saw coronavirus restrictions ease from Asia to Europe to the United States on Monday, even as U.S. protests against police brutality sparked fears of new outbreaks.

Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

Remdesivir is the only treatment that’s been shown in a rigorous experiment to help fight the coronavirus.

  Italy loosens travel restrictions, reopens to tourism

Italians will be allowed to freely move about the country and European Union visitors will be welcomed without quarantine requirements.

Pier 1 closing all stores; bankruptcy approved

Pier 1 can now begin to shut down retail operations in about 500 stores across the country.

Radio host, pawn store owner filing lawsuit over Gov. Northam’s mask policy

Charlottesville radio host Rob Schilling and pawn shop Owner Tobey Bouch are suing Governor Ralph Northam and other state officials over the mask mandate.

COVID-19 testing event canceled for Monday in Richmond; appointments rescheduled

The Richmond and Henrico Health District has announced community COVID-19 testing events for the first week of June.

9th inmate dies due to COVID-19 in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Corrections reports that a ninth inmate in Virginia has died due to COVID-19.

  Artist with autism thanks essential workers with balloon sculptures

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the balloon artist has used his sculptures to express gratitude to grocery store workers, mail carriers and healthcare workers.

  Remains of Mont. veteran who died from coronavirus lost in mail for months

The Air Force veteran and his wife had been on a trip abroad for their 41st anniversary when he became ill, later dying in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital.

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at packed gatherings with people cheering and jeering, many without masks.

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

Joe Biden will spend the next five months presenting himself as a calming, competent alternative to the tumultuous administration of President Donald Trump.

Another GRTC bus driver tests positive for COVID-19, is 8th case for company

Another GRTC bus driver has tested positive for coronavirus, the eighth in the company.

  Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for coronavirus

Hurricane season officially starts Monday, though Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha arrived early. Forecasters are expecting a busier-than-normal season.

  NY governor signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits in coronavirus fight

Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

Virginia Department of Health won’t be conducting inspections to enforce new mask order

“VDH expects the public to voluntarily comply with the provisions of the order,”

Following months of workplace complaints, Northam proposes on-the-job safety rules for COVID-19

His administration said Northam also wants the new rules to address masks in non-public-facing businesses and require employers to notify employees if a co-worker tests positive for the virus.

Chesterfield continues offering free COVID-19 testing through June

Chesterfield County is continuing to offer free COVID-19 testing to residents through the month of June.

New Kent County hosting COVID-19 testing event

New Kent County will be hosting a COVID-19 testing event for residents.

US food prices see historic jump, are likely to stay high

Big fluctuations in food prices began in March, when the coronavirus pandemic began to sink in for U.S. consumers.

  US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

As some countries have effectively lowered the rate of infections, they have been moving ahead with relaxing restrictions but are keeping a very close eye on developments.

News to Know: As COVID-19 continues to spread, here’s everything you need to know

To make it easier to stay up to date, NBC12 put everything you need to know in one place.

  Partygoer at Missouri’s Lake of Ozarks tests positive for COVID-19

Health officials are seeking to “inform mass numbers of unknown people” after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19.

Dermatologist gives some tips on how to avoid skin irritation while wearing masks

Everyone in the state of Virginia is now mandated to wear a mask to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. However, wearing those masks can often cause irritation to the skin, especially wearing them long periods of time.

When should you get tested for coronavirus antibodies?

Many people are opting to get the antibody test out of curiosity, or maybe they think they had COVID-19 without any symptoms. But if you get tested too soon, the results may not be accurate.

Can you wear a mask and carry a concealed weapon during the pandemic?

Carrying concealed weapons while wearing a mask is allowed when the governor has declared a state of emergency.

  Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlooks worsens

In the U.S., the virus threw more than 2 million people out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses, stoking fears the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the world's largest economy.

  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Martin Folsom and his mother have been in and out of homelessness since he was a kid and throughout his four years at A. Philip Randolph Career Academies.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

In the news conference, Trump also said the U.S. would sanction Chinese officials responsible for the eroding autonomy of Hong Kong.

  Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

That means anyone in the U.S. who thought they had the virus in December or early January probably had the flu, public health researchers said.

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

  Richmond enters phase one of reopening

The City of Richmond is officially in phase one of re-opening along with Northern Virginia and Accomack County.

Hopewell playgrounds reopening, summer events and programs canceled

Hopewell’s playgrounds will reopen for public use starting Saturday, May 30.

  Sewage could be key in detecting coronavirus outbreaks

Germany is among several countries experimenting to see whether sewage could be a COVID-19 early warning system.

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods to reopen all stores in next month

TJX Companies temporarily closed its 4,400 locations on March 19 and began to reopen them on May 2.

Phase One for Richmond City offices, facilities begins Monday

The City of Richmond entered Phase One of reopening on Friday, and city offices and facilities will enter their Phase One operations on Monday, which largely entails the phasing in of limited in-person services in key city facilities.

  Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

Henrico Schools employee present at meal distributions tests positive for COVID-19

A Henrico County Public Schools employee who was present at meal distributions at Longan Elementary School has tested positive for coronavirus.

Richmond-area restaurants open for outdoor seating, curbside pickup, and delivery

Restaurants across Central Virginia and what services they're offering.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

3rd inmate dies of coronavirus at Buckingham; 7th to die in state

The Virginia Department of Corrections reports a seventh Virginia inmate has died due to COVID-19.

  Richmond businesses excited to reopen Friday with safety guidelines in place

Friday, businesses in Richmond will join other parts of the state in entering phase one of re-opening. While stores are opening, it still won’t be business as usual.

  Governor Northam details mask mandate enforcement

Friday also marks a big change in the state: to go into a public building or business you will have to wear a mask.

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed over 350,000, with the U.S. having the most confirmed cases and deaths.

Yes, disobeying Virginia’s mask order could carry a criminal charge. But Northam appears to be counting on compliance.

Timing wasn’t the only thing that set Gov. Ralph Northam’s new mask mandate apart.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Washington officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

GRTC hosting voluntary COVID-19 testing event for employees

GRTC is hosting a voluntary COVID-19 testing event for its employees on June 1.

‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

“Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother.

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

Sweden took a relatively soft approach to fighting the coronavirus, one that attracted international attention. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for younger children have stayed open.