Coronavirus

  New Zealand reports 1st community case of coronavirus in months

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe.

Doctor explains concerns after N.C.’s first identified case of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant found in Mecklenburg Co.

  Looking for a vaccine? Here’s where to sign up by locality

  ’Irresponsible and selfish’: UofR reports 54 COVID-19 cases, expresses frustration over parties near campus

Over 393,000 Virginians receive COVID-19 vaccine | More than 50K fully vaccinated

  Where are the vaccines? State vaccine coordinator says to expect delays

Over 4,900 new COVID-19 cases reported in 24 hours | 77 additional deaths in Va.

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Virginia woman leaves Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital after nearly 3 months battling COVID-19

  Virginia waiting on federal plan for COVID-19 vaccine support

Richmond to give out 100 more PPE kits to small businesses

Over 36,800 COVID-19 patients released from Virginia hospitals

UVA clinicians using artificial intelligence to track risk of ICU patients

  UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

Carnival Cruise Line cancels trips through April

The company said in a news release it was notifying people who had booked a trip and their options for refunds or credits for future travel.

Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows canceled

Dave Chappelle has tested positive for the coronavirus and his upcoming comedy shows have been canceled.

  Biden’s new mask mandate and you

In his first executive order, the president enacted the 100 Days Masking Challenge.

2 HCA Virginia hospitals certified to treat multi-system organ failure due to COVID-19

Two HCA Virginia hospitals are now certified to treat multi-system organ failure due to COVID-19 and other causes.

  Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

Neurological disorder linked to COVID-19 leaves La. firefighter paralyzed

  Gov. Northam: Patience urged over COVID-19 vaccine rollout

  EU struggles, looks for answers to stop spread of new virus variants

  Eli Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

  Cruise line requires passengers to get COVID vaccine

Application portal open for second draw of PPP loans

The Small Business Administration is now accepting applications for Second Draw PPP Loans.

  US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic.

Prince George County closes office buildings to public until March 1

Ashcraft is encouraging the public to continue to contact the County office they might need to do business with by telephone or email during this time of closure.

As Virginia struggles to boost vaccination rates, state officials face calls for more coordination

Across Virginia, there have been major differences in how much help local health departments have received from hospitals and other private partners as well as the degree of coordination.

VADOC: Inmates who take vaccine will get telephone credits, care packages

VADOC medical staff are administering the Moderna vaccine received from the Virginia Department of Health.

  Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to the WHO — whose response to the pandemic has been criticized by many, but most vociferously by the Trump administration — marks a dramatic and vocal shift toward a more cooperative approach to fighting the pandemic.

  Schwarzenegger on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Come with me if you want to live’

The actor and former California governor tweeted out a video of himself getting the shot.

  Holding hands, couple married 70 years dies from COVID-19 minutes apart

Three of the couple's children wanted to share their story to encourage others to take COVID-19 seriously and give the virus respect.

  Chesterfield doctor gives three interventions to help boost COVID-19 resiliency in adults

One researcher says there are even more things adults can do to prevent death from the virus, and it may start with getting our bodies to think like a child.

College admissions evolve as the pandemic continues

As students are preparing to make some really important decisions, guidance counselors are doing what they can to ensure students have the best shot at going to college.

UVA rolls out COVID-19 mitigation plans ahead of spring semester

The University of Virginia is rolling out its spring semester plans, urging students to remain vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  As virus surges, states reporting shortages of vaccine

The shortage of doses comes as the United States marks more than 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

Hanover County creates call center for COVID-19 vaccination questions

Hanover County has set up a call center to answer residents’ questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

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 January.

University of Richmond increasing COVID-19 prevalence testing

The University of Richmond is going to start increasing COVID-19 prevalence testing, which will include asymptomatic people, to assess the virus on the campus.

  Richmond Mayor, health leaders urge patience over COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney held a COVID-19 briefing Wednesday afternoon. The health department hopes to get to the rest of phase 1B people by the end of this month.

  Woman pregnant with twins survives COVID-19 after 7 weeks in hospital, special therapy

The future mother underwent an intensive therapy called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is used for COVID-19 patients who are out of other options.

  RPS weighing whether to enact year-round schooling

Richmond Public Schools is strongly considering enacting year-round schooling.

  ‘Shameful’: US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 400,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  Chesterfield Schools notifies employees of delay in vaccinations due to supply

Chesterfield County Public Schools told its teachers and staff that there has been a delay in vaccinating most employees due to supply issues with the COVID-19 vaccine.

3 new COVID-19 cases detected during on-site testing event

GRTC said three new COVID-19 cases were found among its workforce during an on-site testing event for staff on Jan. 14.

  VDH sets COVID-19 vaccine timetable to reach distribution goals

VDH hopes to hit Governor Ralph Northam's target of 25,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots in arms per day by February 14 and 50,000 shots per day by April 1.

  Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop COVID-19 pandemic

The panel concluded that "many countries took minimal action to prevent the spread (of COVID-19) internally and internationally." The pandemic has killed at least 2 million people worldwide so far.

  Boosting your body’s vaccine response: Stress doesn’t help

A new study suggests your mental and physical health can affect how your body reacts to the COVID vaccine.

VDH launches dashboard for outbreaks in colleges, universities in Virginia

This dashboard includes confirmed outbreaks reported to VDH among public and private colleges and universities since August 1, 2020.

  A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The coronavirus is becoming more genetically diverse, and health officials say the high rate of new cases is the main reason.

How dangerous is it? Scientists study South African COVID-19 variant

A second wave of COVID-19 is devastating South Africa.

Man who spent 99 days in the hospital with COVID-19 dies shortly after release

Family members confirm that a man who spent 99 days in a Shreveport intensive care unit battling COVID-19 has died.

  ‘We’re surviving’: Mother, daughter battle COVID-19 at same Calif. hospital

The two believe the mother came into contact with someone who had COVID-19 while working at Walgreens.

  Health officials warn coronavirus spreading faster through community spread

Monday, the state saw the second-highest daily total ever recorded with 7,245, which is right behind Sunday's total of nearly 10,000 new cases.

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries.

  Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.

  ‘I had the feeling of impending doom’: COVID survivor urges plasma donation

Convalescent plasma, blood plasma taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19, has antibodies that can help those who are sick from the virus.

  Private school teachers eligible for vaccinations under Phase 1b

RHHD is clarifying, private school teachers will be vaccinated under Phase 1b, but at other vaccination events outside of this week's Richmond Raceway events.

Colonial Heights Schools to stay virtual this week

Colonial Heights Public Schools will stay virtual through Jan. 22 due to COVID-19.

  Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to COVID-19

The man was “scared to go home due to COVID,” and told authorities that he’d found a badge and that other passengers at the airport had given him food.

  Mother dies from COVID-19 weeks after giving birth to 3rd child

Her widower says he’s going to do what he can to make sure all three girls grow up knowing their mom.

Dinwiddie’s free COVID-19 testing event slated for Wednesday

Dinwiddie County is offering on Wednesday free COVID-19 testing for those over the age of five.

  VDH urges vigilance as COVID-19 cases soar to record levels

In the past 24 hours, the Virginia Department of Health recorded nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 cases.

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

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

  Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

The couple had many plans for 2021, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Their friends hope their deaths serve as a stark message about the importance of the vaccine.

GRTC reports new COVID-19 case among employees

One additional employee at GRTC has tested positive for COVID-19, the transit company announced on Saturday.

108-year-old Wis. woman beats COVID-19

A Wisconsin woman is preparing to celebrate her 109th birthday next month now that she’s won a battle against COVID-19, which she contracted in December.

  COVID-19 vaccination event registrations canceled after residents receive link by mistake

Several thousand registrations for an upcoming COVID-19 vaccine event at the Richmond Raceway have been canceled after residents not eligible for the event received an online signup link by mistake and used it to register.

Officials stress importance of flu vaccine even with low flu rates

COVID-19 safety measures, like social distancing and masks, are not only helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus, but also the flu.

EXPLAINER: Who is next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Virginia

Starting on Jan. 18, health districts in the Richmond-area will begin vaccinations for those in Phase 1b.

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

The developments threatened to escalate tensions between the Trump administration and some states over who is responsible for the relatively slow start to the vaccination campaign.

Former 5th District candidate Dr. Cameron Webb named to White House COVID-19 Response Team

Dr. Cameron Webb has been tapped for a senior role in President-elect Biden’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

The milestone was reached just over a year after the coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Commonwealth Senior Living hosting two vaccine clinics

During these clinics, COVID-19 vaccines will be administered to Commonwealth Senior Living at the West End and Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield residents and associates.

VSU invests over $2 million on health, safety upgrades on campus

The health and safety upgrades are part of the Spring 2021 reopening plan for VSU.

  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

He has been acting as a top pandemic adviser to Biden and his appointment was announced Friday by the presidential transition office.

  VDH releases new guidance on reopening PreK-12 schools

The Virginia Department of Health has released new guidance for divisions to follow when reopening PreK-12 schools.

  Vaccine In Virginia: Dr. Danny Avula discusses COVID-19 vaccine rollout

As the rollout of vaccines in Virginia continues, so many of you have questions.

Piedmont Health District to begin Phase 1b vaccinations Tuesday

Starting on Tuesday, the Piedmont Health District will begin vaccinating residents in Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan.

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

The Biden plan comes as a divided nation remains caught in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. So far, more than 380,000 Americans have died.

IRS warns of COVID-19 scams related to stimulus payments

The IRS is warning taxpayers about a new wave of COVID-19-related scams as the second round of Economic Impact Payments are being distributed.

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

Up until the past few days, health care workers and nursing home patients had largely been given priority in most places around the U.S.