Coronavirus

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

Richmond surpasses highest peak in average COVID-19 cases

VCU prepares for virtual finish of fall semester

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

Over 2,500 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Virginia | 37 COVID-19 deaths reported

  Chesterfield County’s 7-day average of COVID-19 cases slightly increases

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  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

  VCU health care workers share what it’s like to be on front lines of COVID-19 fight

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

Free COVID-19 testing events scheduled around Thanksgiving in Chesterfield County

The Chesterfield Health District is offering four free COVID-19 testing events around the Thanksgiving holiday.

  AAA says 84% of Virginians are not traveling for Thanksgiving

Over 23,000 COVID-19 patients released from Virginia hospitals

  First US immunizations for COVID-19 could arrive on Dec. 12

Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

  Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

Assisted living facilities asking for family, community support for residents this Thanksgiving

Residents at nursing and assisted living facilities will likely not be able to have Thanksgiving with their loved ones this year, but staff at places like Rosewood Village are trying to keep residents connected to their family, even if it's not in person.

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates.

  Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

Now she’s sharing her experience with others and hopes they take the warning serious.

  VCU Health submits intent to distribute Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

VCU Health has submitted its intent to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the Virginia Department of Health once a vaccine becomes available for public distribution and that it's working with the VDH and other area health care systems and the CDC to support a statewide distribution plan.

  Chesterfield Schools sees uptick in COVID-19 cases, rise in 7-day average

Chesterfield is reporting 28 new cases just this week in its schools - 10 staff and 18 students.

  Virginia day care closed for ignoring COVID-19 guidelines

A Christian day care in southwest Virginia was forced to close because its pastor believes COVID-19 is a hoax.

  Rep. Abigail Spanberger pushes for COVID-19 economic relief with Congress

Fresh off an election win, Spanberger says a federal COVID-19 relief package needs to focus on small businesses, which continue to struggle as case numbers increase.

  Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

  Recreational sports take measures in light of governor’s order

The newest mandates from the governor’s office are impacting sports all across the commonwealth at every level and that includes recreation, club and travel athletics.

Virginia’s COVID-19 data dashboard to be offline Saturday for maintenance

The routine maintenance is scheduled to take place between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

  What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other medical products.

UVA Medical Center granted contract to expand COVID testing statewide

UVA Medical Center is now part of a new network to expand COVID-19 testing capacity statewide.

  Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

Lawsuit: Tyson plant managers in Iowa bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19

The lawsuit alleges Tyson Foods is guilty of a “willful and wanton disregard for workplace safety.”

  Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Health officials around the world disagree on the use certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.

  VCU students clearing out of dorms although CDC advises against holiday travel

Americans are rethinking their holiday travel plans.

  St. Jude scientists make breakthrough and discover possible COVID-19 treatment

Scientists at St. Jude may have figured out how COVID-19 kills, and more importantly, how to stop it.

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

At the time of the alleged betting, Tyson was resisting pressure from local officials to shut down the plant as a safety precaution. The company argued the plant, which can process nearly 20,000 hogs per day, was a vital market for farmers and critical to the meat supply.

  Quarantine rules adjusted for Chesterfield County employees

Many Chesterfield County Public School teachers said they are worried these changes will put schools at higher risk for a COVID-19 outbreak.

  TSA, airline industry experts outline safety measure ahead of holiday travel

TSA is working towards near-contactless security checkpoints.

90 inmates test positive for coronavirus at Chesapeake jail

The jail’s daily population averages 985 inmates.

VDH offers easy guidelines for assessing Thanksgiving activity risks

The rise in COVID-19 cases comes just before the holidays, when get-togethers with family & friends are a big part of the festivities. Now is the time to solidify those safe celebration plans to slow the spread.

  Nonprofit grant helps Tri-City schools expand meal services

Two area school districts are getting a much-needed boost to their food distribution efforts for children who are learning virtually.

How COVID testing can be utilized ahead of Thanksgiving, and why results are not foolproof

We’re previously heard from health experts who have said traveling can be dangerous, especially on a plane or with a large group. But if you are traveling, there are some steps you should take.

  Richmond & Henrico Health Districts seek 20-29 year olds for COVID-19 focus groups

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are searching for men and women between the ages of 20 and 29 years old to take part in a COVID-19 focus group.

  Gov. Northam defends decision to tighten COVID-19 restrictions statewide

Gov. Ralph Northam will be giving a COVID-19 briefing for the first time since announcing new COVID-19 restrictions in the commonwealth.

RPS superintendent holds Facebook discussion with city health director

Kamras be joined by Richmond-Henrico Health Director Dr. Danny Avula.

UVA students create a ‘Collegepedia’ to make COVID-19 news more accessible

Every day, there’s new information online about COVID-19 making it hard to keep up.

New York City schools to close again as city fights virus

New York City’s mayor says he’s shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus.

  EXPLAINER: What’s with the confusion over masks?

A lot of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus comes down to a seemingly simple concept: Wearing a mask.

Pandemic triggers ‘enormous’ spike in drug overdose deaths

From January through June, at least 1,086 Virginians died from overdoses of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, prescription opioids and other drugs, the state medical examiner has found.

  Sorry, Grinch. Virus won’t stop NORAD from tracking Santa

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that NORAD will track Santa on Dec. 24, just as it has done for 65 years. But there will be some changes.

Chesterfield Schools: Spike in cases could trigger return to remote learning

Officials say that if an average of 25 new cases per 100,000 residents is identified within a seven-day period, it would trigger a school closure district-wide.

  Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as coronavirus surges

The biggest supply issue seems to be paper products: 21% of shelves that stock paper towels and toilet paper are empty, the highest level in at least a month.

  Texas boy, 4, loses both parents to COVID-19 just months apart

As they mourn, the family is urging others to do their part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks and staying safe.

  Pandemic shopping is leading to bare shelves at grocery stores again

If you’ve been to a grocery store lately, you may have noticed popular household items flying off the shelves yet again.

N.C. health leaders identify state’s COVID-19 ‘viral hotspots’ with county alert system

On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper and Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, unveiled the that’s now county alert system, which is designed to identify the counties with the highest metrics.

As virus cases rise, Navy limits sailors’ travel, activity

U.S. Navy bases and personnel in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region have been ordered to limit travel and other activities as coronavirus cases rise.

Wedding industry, engaged couples prepare for the worst as gathering limits tighten in Virginia again

Brides-to-be are being forced to once again make changes to their big day, and vendors are doing their best to adapt.

Dr. Anthony Fauci to speak on UVA’s Medical Center Hour Wednesday

The Medical Center Hour at the University of Virginia hosts a high profile guest Wednesday.

  Pfizer files for authorization on coronavirus vaccine

Last week, the company announced its coronavirus vaccine appeared to be more than 90% effective.

  Volunteers still needed to test variety of COVID-19 vaccines

Multiple vaccines will be needed to meet global demand and help end the pandemic, raising concern that studies that still need to sign up thousands of volunteers could run short if people wait for an already OK’d option instead.

UVA research assesses COVID-19 death toll in the United States

Research from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service is showing that the coronavirus is becoming one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

  Richmond nurse goes above & beyond to keep spirits up for resident at nursing home

Most nursing homes aren’t allowing visitors right now and it’s all in the name of safety, but it doesn’t make it any easier for families. But nurses are stepping up and filling new roles to keep families as connected as possible.

  With flu season right around the corner, health professionals urge flu shots to avoid possible ‘twindemic’

While the annual flu vaccination is only 40-60% effective, it could help the health system this winter.

  Navajo Nation locks down for 3 weeks because of coronavirus surge

People can only leave their homes for emergencies or essentials; government offices and businesses must close. Learning moves online.

Free COVID-19 community testing events for November scheduled in Richmond, Henrico

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts announced additional free community testing events for the month of November.

  Study: Face masks unlikely to hinder lung function during exercise

Researchers said there’s little evidence that wearing a face mask during physical activity significantly impacts lung function or makes any measurable difference for people who are in good health.

Player on Washington Football Team tests positive for COVID-19

The organization says the player immediately self-isolated and the contact tracing data was evaluated.

  States tightening anti-virus restrictions amid case surge

Between now and June 2022, state and local governments could be facing a shortfall or $400 billion or more by some estimates.

  Pfizer to test COVID-19 vaccine distribution in 4 states

Pfizer is planning to test distribution of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in four states.

  Walmart to limit number of customers in stores amid coronavirus surge

Walmart has gone back to counting and monitoring how many customers enter and leave its stores.

  Some COVID-positive patients don’t believe virus is real, even as they’re dying, SD nurse says

The nurse says healthcare professionals need help from the public, including mask wearing and social distancing, to improve the situation, which she describes as being like a "horror movie that never ends."

  Richmond Health director says we could see COVID vaccine as early as end of December

Dr. Danny Avula goes over the differences between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

  2nd coronavirus vaccine shows striking success in US tests

Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study.

Virginia hospital has had 7 kids with rare COVID condition

A hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, says it has treated seven children with a serious health condition linked to the coronavirus.

  VDH: COVID-19 activity in Virginia now at highest level

The Virginia Department of Health says every region in the state is seeing substantial or close to substantial COVID-19 activity. That’s the state’s highest level.

  Internal email reveals 65 virus cases among WHO Geneva staff

Farah Dakhlallah, a WHO spokeswoman, confirmed the accuracy of the information about the case count in an email to the AP.