Coronavirus

  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.

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

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

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

  Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for coronavirus

COVID-19 cases surpass 44,000 in Virginia with 1,375 deaths reported

Over 5,800 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from Virginia hospitals

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

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

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

Chesterfield continues offering free COVID-19 testing through June

New Kent County hosting COVID-19 testing event

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

  US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

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.

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

  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

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

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

  Richmond enters phase one of reopening

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.

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.

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.

SC veterans, father and son, battle COVID-19 together

Thankfully, both men have been released from the hospital and have made full recoveries.

Richmond and Henrico Health District holding community COVID-19 testing events in June

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

Hanover Tomato Festival canceled due to coronavirus concerns

The Hanover County Tomato Festival, which usually draws large crowds to Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

  Coronavirus takes deadly toll on African American communities

Coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact on African-Americans, as minority communities have seen much higher rates of infection and death.

  Sen. Kaine, wife have coronavirus antibodies, indicating earlier infection

Sen. Tim Kaine and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

CVS opens dozens of new COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites throughout Virginia

CVS is opening dozens of new COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites throughout the state of Virginia.

Opening your business? You should probably flush your water first

Since businesses have been closed since March, water has been sitting in the pipes, growing bacteria.

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers.

  'I don’t want to turn customers away’: Despite some concerns, businesses prepare for Va. mask mandate

Several businesses owners told NBC12 they support the face covering executive order, but add it might be tough to turn customers away if they don’t have a mask with them.

Virginia attorney general warns businesses about charges

Warnings have been issued to more than 100 businesses in Virginia about price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state’s attorney general said Wednesday.

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

  Va. lodging industry launches safety initiative as commonwealth reopens

With most of the commonwealth under phase one guidelines, a new initiative called “Safe Stay” is being implemented by Virginia’s lodging industry to focus on the enhanced practices, social interactions, and workplace protocols in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Los Angeles allows shopping, worship sooner than expected in pandemic

Retail shops and offices were allowed to open Wednesday and the largest Roman Catholic archdiocese in the U.S. announced a plan to resume services as Los Angeles County took another step toward a reopening that seemed hard to imagine a week ago.

  US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

Outbreaks are still climbing in much of the Americas, while many countries in Asia and much of Europe are making steady progress in containing the deadliest pandemic in years.

Through kids’ eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

Associated Press reporters around the world asked kids about living with the virus and to use art to show us what they believe the future might hold. Some sketched or painted, while others sang, danced ballet, built with LEGOs. A few just wanted to talk.

  Forward RVA distributes PPE to small businesses

Re-start the economy, but do it safely- that’s what many small businesses are faced with as they open their doors back up. A group of leaders from all across the Richmond region is coming together to help.

Inquiry into Russia probe carries political consequences

Attorney General William Barr says he doesn’t expect a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation to target former President Barack Obama or Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s presumed Democratic opponent this summer.

Boeing slashes 12,000 jobs as virus seizes travel industry

Boeing is cutting more than 12,000 jobs through layoffs and buyouts as the coronavirus pandemic seizes the travel industry. And the aircraft maker says more cuts are coming.

  CEO pay has topped $12.3M. Can it keep rising post-pandemic?

The typical pay package for CEOs at the biggest U.S. companies topped $12.3 million last year, and the gap between the boss and their workforces widened further, according to AP’s annual survey of executive compensation.

  Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

Disney World's reopening plan was approved Wednesday by Orange County, Fla. officials, clearing a hurdle to inviting people back in July.

Families encouraged to self-isolate after Mary Munford Elementary School principal tests positive for COVID-19

Families are being encouraged to self-isolate if they were present at Mary Munford Elementary School distribution events recently.

  Mayor Stoney says Richmond can ‘cautiously move’ into phase one of reopening Friday

Governor Ralph Northam denied Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s request for modifications to a phase one reopening.

  Landlord threatens Texas church’s lease over COVID relief effort

The need is evident for the food bank at The Redeemed Christian Church of God Royal Priesthood Parish, with hundreds of families lined up.

  Ford heats up police SUVs to 133 degrees to kill COVID-19

Ford has unveiled a new tool to help neutralize COVID-19 and other germs inside police vehicles.

  CDC: More than 62,000 healthcare workers sickened by COVID-19, at least 291 dead

On Tuesday the federal agency stated more than 62,000 healthcare professionals contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., a big jump from the more than 9,200 that the CDC reported back in mid-April.

Spotsylvania County cancels annual ‘Stars and Stripes Spectacular’

Spotsylvania County is canceling its annual “Stars and Stripes Spectacular” at the Courthouse District.

Virginia Beach cancels July Fourth fireworks over COVID-19

Officials in Virginia Beach have canceled July Fourth fireworks displays slated for two locations in an effort to keep residents safe and comply with orders issued amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NerdWallet: Looking for safer ways to pay? Go contactless

Breaking old habits of forking over cash or swiping a credit card may be challenging, but contactless payments themselves are easy to use and may even help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Among Americans who say they wouldn’t get vaccinated, 7 in 10 worry about safety.

GRTC bus driver tests postive for COVID-19, is 6th case for company

A sixth GRTC employee has tested positive for coronavirus, just days before riders will be required to wear face masks.

  Nevada to reopen casinos June 4, welcoming tourists again

By allowing the casinos to reopen, with new rules on social distancing and sanitizing, the governor said Nevada would again welcome visitors but would be prepared to close down again if there is a spike in cases.

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday, said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

More than half the nursing home residents and 10% of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, according to New York state data.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

Farmers and ranchers have been walloped by issues related to the closures of restaurants and schools in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened Tuesday in a largely symbolic step toward economic recovery, and stocks surged at the opening bell, even as the official U.S. death toll closed in on 100,000, a mark President Donald Trump once predicted the country would never see.

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

Vowing not to back down after armed protesters gathered near his home and hung him in effigy, the governor of Kentucky on Tuesday condemned their use of “fear and terror” in a demonstration fueled by coronavirus restrictions.