Coronavirus

VDH confirms first cases of COVID-19 variant from Brazil in Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health has confirmed the first cases of the COVID-19 P.1 variant in Virginia.

COVID vaccines available for all Virginia adults beginning Sunday

Chickahominy Health District announces vaccine clinic walk-in hours for eligible residents

VDH confirms over 1,500 new COVID-19 cases | 20 deaths reported in Va.

  US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

Can your workplace mandate the COVID-19 vaccine? 2 Charlottesville lawyers weigh in

GRTC reports 70th case of COVID-19 among workforce

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  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

  Local health districts push those not vaccinated to seek pharmacy doses

  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache, St. Vincent’s chief medical officer, said Thursday that about a dozen cases have been reported in recent days.

  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

Retail sales surged a seasonally adjusted 9.8% in March after dropping about 3% the month before, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly 3 million deaths have been linked to COVID-19 worldwide.

Randolph-Macon holding vaccine clinic for students, staff

Randolph-Macon hopes to get 1,000 students vaccinated.

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

  Thousands of extra Pfizer, Moderna first doses expected in Virginia next week

  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

Tigers at Virginia Zoo test positive for COVID-19

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

Be aware of scams associated with vaccine passports

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), scams will likely accompany vaccine passports, and they are ‘taking advantage of the confusion and anxiety surrounding the new changes’.

  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

Given ongoing international quarantine rules, capacity limits, complicated testing requirements and more, avoid setting your heart on a dream vacation just yet.

Goochland County Vaccine Clinic to accept vaccine walk-ins for people ages 18+

There will be no specific time for 65+ walk-ins moving forward.

  Vaccine clinic at Arthur Ashe Center to close by end of April

Arthur Ashe Center will stop as a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the end of April. Richmond and Henrico Health Districts announced it will take vaccines on the road starting in May.

Dinwiddie County hosting Moderna, Pfizer vaccine clinics

Both vaccine events will be held at the Eastside Community Enhancement Center located at 7301 Boydton Plank Road.

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

Johnson & Johnson vaccines paused in Va. following CDC guidelines

The Richmond-Henrico Health District has paused Johnson & Johnson vaccines following guidance from the CDC.

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy — the United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.

  Grant creates new Va. workforce project to train restaurant and hotel workers

More than $250,000 in grant funding will create a new workforce project through the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) to help train workers across Central Virginia.

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

The concert, which airs May 8 on ABC, CBS and FOX as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube, will also showcase the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R.

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 46% of adults in the US have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 28% are fully vaccinated.

Luke Bryan tests positive for COVID, sidelined from ‘Idol’

Luke Bryan says he’s tested positive for COVID-19.

  Richmond Public Schools reopening plan goes before school board

The proposed return plan for Richmond Public School students has in-person learning starting on September 8.

  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

The San Francisco ride-hailing company said Monday that total monthly bookings, including food delivery and passenger service, reached an all-time high in March.

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Viruses constantly evolve, and the world is in a race to vaccinate millions and tamp down the coronavirus before even more mutants emerge.

Survey suggests many central Virginia nonprofits have not received COVID-19 relief funds yet

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is finding that most nonprofits in central Virginia are in need of extra financial help to bounce back from the pandemic.

  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus.

COVID-19 cases are growing among younger Virginians, worrying state health officials

But the shifting age demographics of new infections suggests the virus is still spreading among younger Virginians who aren’t yet eligible for the vaccine — or who weren’t prioritized in the initial phases of the state’s rollout.

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

The measure underlines the risk of trying to hold the Olympics and Paralympics during a pandemic.

  Manufacturing issues reduce Va.’s Johnson & Johnson vaccine supply

Late last month, the drug manufacturer had to recall 15 million doses before release because of poor mixing.

Virginia doctors worry that pandemic burnout could push providers out of the field

In Virginia, there’s growing concern that burnout and extreme stress could lead more providers to leave the field or grapple with long-term mental health problems. On a systemic level, there’s worry that COVID-19 could make an existing physician shortage worse.

Over 52,000 COVID-19 patients released from Virginia hospitals

The number gives a glimpse at recoveries throughout Virginia.

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June.

  Health districts in Central Virginia move to Phase 2 vaccinations

The VDH says many residents who have pre-registered for the vaccine will receive emails and phone calls today to schedule their appointment as soon as next week.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Pfizer asks Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.

UVA students to soon receive COVID-19 vaccine

Starting April 19, students at the University of Virginia will be receiving an email UVA Health to sign up for a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

  FEMA offering up to $9K available for families who lost loved ones to COVID; applications open Monday

FEMA has now provided instructions on how families who lost a loved one to COVID-19 can begin applying for funeral reimbursements.

Rappahannock Health District enters Phase 2

Anyone 16 years of age or older in Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, city of Fredricksburg and Stafford Counties can now sign up for an appointment.

VDH, Dr. Avula to hold virtual briefing on vaccine rollout

The briefing will be held on April 9 at 3 p.m.

VDH to pilot rapid testing program in schools

The Virginia Department of health is launching a COVID-19 testing program in schools to track and prevent the spread.

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

Glitch in state’s vaccine system registers wrong vaccine to teens

The system is currently working on a fix.

Goochland County Vaccine Clinic accepting walk-ins for seniors, first dose

Goochland County’s Vaccine Clinic is now accepting walk-ins for seniors ages 65 years or older who need their first dose.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

GRTC reports first COVID-19 reinfection case among workers

GRTC is reporting its first case of COVID-19 reinfection among its workforce.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

  Virginia State University rolls out two mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Virginia State University is rolling out two new mobile vaccine clinics to get more COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of people living in underserved communities.

  Richmond/Henrico health officials offer warning about COVID-19 variants

It’s alarming for local health districts like Richmond and Henrico. The Central Region is reporting 81 cases of that variant.

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

In-home vaccinations available for homebound Colonial Heights residents

A new in-home vaccination service is underway for homebound residents in Colonial Heights.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

VHSL: King William removed from playoffs after positive COVID test

Coronavirus has ended a local high school football team’s hopes of a state championship.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

  CDC: Outbreaks linked to youth sports and extracurriculars

The CDC is reporting many outbreaks in younger people are being linked to youth sports and extra curriculars. In a White House briefing Monday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Wolensky said those activities should be limited.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.