Coronavirus

  Trump team eyes school funds boost in next virus aid bill

President Donald Trump’s push to reopen schools is being complicated by a split within his ranks over how to do it.

  White House officials raise questions about Fauci

Rockets’ Westbrook has virus, as NBA bubble faces first test

  Judge blocks federal executions; administration appeals

Judge: Women can get abortion pill without doctor visits

  US grapples with pandemic as WHO warns ‘no return to normal’

  Parents struggle as schools, daycares eye coronavirus reopening decisions

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COVID-19 cases jump by nearly 1,000 in Virginia | Positivity rate increases to 6.7%

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

  Ready or not: Election costs soar in prep for virus voting

  Woman gets job at long-term care facility to see her husband amid pandemic restrictions

COVID-19 hospitalizations increasing in Virginia

Virginia prison system says active COVID-19 cases down to 22

  Virus spread, not politics should guide schools, doctors say

Children infected with coronavirus are more likely than adults to have mild illnesses, but their risk for severe disease and death isn't zero.

Henrico School Board’s meeting will have limited in-person attendance: Here’s how you can submit questions

The Henrico School Board is holding a meeting on Tuesday, July 14, to answer questions about reopening schools in the fall.

Henrico social media group rallying for safe, equitable school reopening

The social media group “HCPS Back to School Safely” is taking their movement to their vehicles on Tuesday, July 14.

  Florida hits record coronavirus case increase; surge in Eastern Europe causes new restrictions

India, which has the most cases after the United States and Brazil, also saw a record surge of 28,637 cases reported in the past 24 hours.

  Florida reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases

It’s Trump’s call on what the GOP convention will look like

Fully online courses could threaten legal status of some international students

  At least 61 US Marines infected with COVID-19 at bases in Japan’s Okinawa

  ‘I think I made a mistake’: Young man from Texas dies after attending COVID-19 party

  Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

6 children test positive for coronavirus at southeast Charlotte daycare

The newest local cluster on the state’s list is Kindercare Providence at 1700 Providence Road. It’s one of three childcare clusters in Mecklenburg County.

  Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse

The impact has already been felt by families who lost kin — and by the health care workers who tried to save them.

Pandemic leads 7-Eleven to forgo free Slurpees on 7-11

7-Eleven has been giving away its slushy beverage to all customers for nearly 20 years on July 11.

Disney World reopens as coronavirus cases surge in Florida

“The Most Magical Place on Earth” is reopening after nearly four months with new rules in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Henricus Park offering free admission to healthcare workers

Healthcare workers can visit Henricus Historical Park for free this summer.

  COVID-19 heroes must jump through hoops for workers’ comp

The $56 billion, state-level insurance system is one of the nation's oldest forms of a social contract.

37-year-old Port Clinton war vet dies from COVID-19 complications on Fourth of July

Richard Rose in April posted on Facebook that he would not wear a mask. In an unlikely turn of events, he lost his battle with COVID-19 three months later.

Many patients are continuing to avoid hospitals during pandemic

For some, heart health has taken a back seat during this pandemic. Since it hit our area, patients have been hesitant to head to the hospital with heart and other health issues. WDBJ7 checked in with a Carilion cardiologist to see if doctors in Roanoke noticed any changes.

Bon Secours eases visitor restrictions for Richmond hospitals

Bon Secours has eased the visitor restrictions at its Richmond hospitals after putting them in places due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pac-12 joins Big Ten in eliminating nonconference games

The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

NHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBA

The agreements were tentatively agreed to on Monday, and approved nearly four months to the day since the NHL halted its season with 189 games remaining.

Justice Department plans to appeal ruling halting execution

A federal judge in Indiana on Friday halted the first federal execution planned in 17 years scheduled three days from now over COVID-19 concerns.

Henrico launches rental assistance program for residents impacted by COVID-19

The county is using $360,000 it received through the federal CARES Act.

  Ala. Senate leader says his comments on COVID-19 were a poor choice of words

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Thursday he wants to see more people get COVID-19.

  Students won’t return to school if Virginia can’t stay in Phase 3, Northam says after uptick in COVID-19 cases

After an uptick in COVID-19 cases around the state, Gov. Ralph Northam said students won’t move forward with returning back to school if Virginia isn’t able to stay in Phase Three.

  US bets on small, untested company to deliver COVID vaccine

When precious vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, jabbing the lifesaving solution into the arms of Americans will require hundreds of millions of injections.

Two UVA student-athletes test positive for COVID-19

The Virginia football team had two student-athletes test positive for COVID-19 in its initial round of testing, the UVA Athletics Department announced on Friday.

Henrico jails take measures to stop spread after nearly 50 inmates test positive for COVID-19

The entire facility, including staff, was tested after three inmates tested positive earlier in the week.

Virginia Dept. of Health adds contact tracing data to COVID-19 webpage

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has begun reporting information related to COVID-19 contact tracing efforts.

  Starbucks to require customers to wear masks

Starting Wednesday, Starbucks will require it for all customers at all U.S. stores.

First case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome reported in Rappahannock area

The Rappahannock Area Health District has confirmed a case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children associated with COVID-19.

More COVID-19 testing events scheduled for Richmond, Henrico

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

  AP: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid.

  Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America.

  Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices amid pandemic

Getting children back to school safely could mean keeping high-risk spots like bars and gyms closed. That's the latest thinking from some public health experts.

Payments now going out from delayed unemployment program

Initial payments have begun to laid-off workers under the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which Virginia lagged most other states in getting up and running.

Virginia Employment Commission releases updated data on unemployment insurance

The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announced the latest data regarding unemployment benefits claims throughout the commonwealth today.

  CDC head sticking to school-opening guides Trump criticized

Redfield commented a day after Trump complained the reopening guidelines were “very tough and expensive."

  Coronavirus cases jump in worst-hit trio of US, Brazil and India

The virus isn't slowing in the three worst-affected countries: the United States, Brazil and India. They account for more than 60% of new cases globally.

  A look inside the renovated Robins Nature Center

We’re taking a look inside the newly renovated Robins Nature Center at Maymont - plus a list of what’s reopened if you’re interested in a family outing.

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has been returned to federal prison. His attorney Jeffrey Levine told news outlets Thursday that Cohen was taken into custody for violating the terms of his release.

  True toll of COVID-19 in nursing homes still unknown

Federal nursing home coronavirus case data remains flawed, and some members of Congress say that needs to change.

COVID-19′s affect on patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

The coronavirus pandemic and all the precautions that come along with it are taking a toll on those those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

  Why are face masks important? Just ask Bill Nye

The “Science Guy” is out with a couple of face mask videos on TikTok that have captured the attention of millions.

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

Despite a huge surge of Floridians testing positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks, two of Disney World's four parks are reopening Saturday. When they do, visitors to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" will find new rules in place.

WHO: Indoor airborne spread of coronavirus possible

The World Health Organization is acknowledging the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions — after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so.

  Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

Researchers from Italy said Thursday that they studied 31 women with COVID-19 who delivered babies in March and April.

  US economy may be stalling out as viral outbreak worsens

The persistently elevated level of layoffs are occurring as a spike in virus cases has forced six states to reverse their move to reopen businesses.

  Medical-grade masks offer far better protection than cloth ones, study says

Cloth masks are better than nothing at protecting people from disease, but they don’t compare to medical-grade masks.

Tokyo Games face skeptics, 1-day COVID-19 infection record

The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Primary care doctors in Virginia want more resources from state as demand for testing grows

Dr. Sterling Ransone is a family physician in Deltaville and a current member of Virginia’s testing task force, a workgroup assembled in late April to boost the state’s once-sluggish COVID-19 test rates.

Virginia won’t release data on COVID-19 outbreaks at chicken plants, despite nursing home reversal

Virginia is refusing to release information on COVID-19 outbreaks at poultry processing plants on the grounds of privacy concerns, despite a June decision to provide such data for long-term care facilities.

  Petersburg councilman worried COVID-19 could spread into community from nursing home

There are fears over Coronavirus spreading because of people who live in assisted living facilities venturing out into the community interacting with people in public places.

  Atlanta mayor defies governor, requires masks in city

Atlanta's mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city Wednesday, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings.

VISAA releases guidelines & recommendations for fall sports

The Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association has released its guidelines and recommendations for the fall sports season.

  Trump to America’s schools: Reopen or may lose federal funds

The president unleashed his threat on Twitter.

  US virus cases top 3 million, Americans face frustrating test delays

Labs are reporting shortages of materials and don’t have enough workers to process the tests, leading to severe backups that could worsen as economies reopen and new infections emerge.

  Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Ivy League will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge

President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa that drew thousands of people in late June, along with large protests that accompanied it, “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

US consumers reduced their borrowing by $18.3 billion in May

U.S. consumers reduced their borrowing for a third straight month May as the millions of jobs lost because of the coronavirus pandemic made households less eager to take on new debt.

  Overnight summer camp struggles during pandemic

”With COVID-19, we’re just not able to operate as normal this summer."

  Man yells at elderly woman over face mask at Fla. Costco

The man who took the video said the individual started to yell at and harass the elderly woman. When he cut in, the man started yelling at him.

Federal agencies, hazmat crews respond to Florida church selling COVID-19 ‘miracle solution’

Multiple agencies were called to the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing in Bradenton in connection with search warrants.

Brooks Brothers, worn by Lincoln and Kennedy, goes bankrupt

The coronavirus pandemic pushed the 200-year-old company to seek Chapter 11 protection Wednesday.

  United will warn 36,000 workers they could be laid off

The outlook for a recovery in air travel has dimmed in just the past two weeks, as infection rates rise in much of the U.S. and some states imposed new quarantine requirements.

  Bailout or raise prices? The battle over how to save the Postal Service

Deciding how to save USPS is a complicated and decade-long fight in Washington. Some are calling for Congress to bail it out, but new leadership at the postal service could mean changes for the historic institution.

  Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters are nearing the end of their financial rope.

NerdWallet: 4 expert tips to get hired from home

Millions of newly out-of-work Americans are chasing employment simultaneously.